There is a way that seems natural to you…it feels right. But how does one find it? You have to start by trusting your intuition. Obviously some people are much more intuitive than others, but everyone has the ability to recognize when they are feeling happy. Start taking note of that happiness! ‘Why am I feeling so alive today?’ Take a look at what you are doing when your are filled with joy. Take note of it. The first step to following your heart is to know what makes you happy.
The second step may be more of a challenge for some, but it is worth the effort to develop. You have got to BELIEVE in YOURSELF! I am not asking you to be a self inflated narcissist here. I am asking you to take an honest look at yourself and your strengths and when you are good at something, acknowledge it. God knows, if you are like most of us, you gladly acknowledge your faults. In fact, it is likely that you place an unnatural focus on your weaknesses allowing that focus to breed disbelief in you. Stop that! Be kind to you. You are a very lovely human being and you deserve to treat yourself with love and compassion.
There is a saying my sister shared with me years ago and it has become a slogan for me ever since. Probably because I often need reminding. It is “You Shouldn’t Should on Yourself!” Most of us do a LOT of “Should-ing”. We have a constant inner dialogue running, reminding us of all those things we are doing wrong and all of the things we “should” be doing or doing better. Can I just say?? You should really stop that! Bahaha…but really. You should.
We start way too late deciding how we can contribute to the world. Somewhere along the line, people started believing that they had to forge a good living for themselves and their families and once they had done that, then they could think about how they were going to ‘give back’. But, in reality, this process should start in our childhoods. Thinking honestly about how we want to make the world a better place. It is remarkably empowering to understand that each of us have the ability to make the world a better place by our actions and that quite often the way you long to better the world can make a perfect and fulfilling career path for you.
Inside every person, there is something that they feel they have to contribute to the world. There is something that makes you excited. Don’t disregard it! The status quo has taught us to disregard these things. Don’t. Instead, CONSIDER IT! Sometimes you can tell what it is by what makes you mad. If you become angry and impassioned about something and feel a burning desire to fix it, that just might be a clue.
The key is to find the income in the thing that is natural for you. This is about you believing in yourself! This is about you trusting that inner longing more than you trust the fear the world is serving up to you.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman