Have you ever felt the flutter of butterflies in your belly, carrying messages of ideas and dreams, yet struggling to take flight?
Ever felt super inspired to lace up your running shoes and hit the gym, but just couldn't find the extra push to get out the door?
Or perhaps you've sensed the weight of a hundred unwritten books within, unable to find the opening line for even one?
Guess what? You're not alone in this!
It's frustrating to sense something strong inside but not find the way to bring it out. In this blog, I’ll share three actionable tips that helped me unleash the untamed passion or purpose bubbling within.
1. Embrace the Uncomfortable: Often, that “something inside” remains dormant due to fear of the unknown or discomfort with change. Step one is acknowledging this discomfort. Lean into it. Sometimes, the most transformative experiences arise from discomfort. Start small. If it's about writing that book, begin with a single sentence. The gym? Begin with a walk around the block. Taking these initial steps, even if small, dismantles the barriers and builds momentum. That's what we need, a little momentum!
2. The Power of Prototype:
We’re all familiar with the overwhelming sensation that accompanies a grand idea or ambition. Instead of grappling with this massive end goal, consider taking a different approach. Prototype a Fragment.
This concept entails starting small, breaking down your aspirations into bite-sized fragments, and embarking on a miniature version of your grand vision. It’s about creating a sample, a test version, or a snippet of what you envision.
If you dream of becoming a public speaker, try giving a brief talk at a local event. Aspire to write a book? Begin by crafting a chapter outline or sketching a book cover. Want to explore a new career path? Shadow someone in that field or take on a small project related to it.
Take my story for instance: Before diving into writing my book, I started with the book cover. That small prototype ignited my enthusiasm and commitment, propelling me toward the completion of a three-year project that landed on Chapters’ shelves.
By prototyping a fragment of your aspiration, you're providing a tangible shape to the intangible dream. It serves as a bridge between envisioning and doing, breaking down the barriers of hesitation and fostering a sense of accomplishment. These small prototypes act as catalysts, transforming your inner potential into actual progress.
3. Seek Support & Accountability: Share your aspirations with someone supportive or find a mentor. Having someone to hold you accountable and cheer you on can make a world of difference. Join a writing group, a workout class, or engage with online communities aligned with your objectives. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals can propel you forward and offer guidance through shared experiences.
Remember, it’s okay to have those butterflies, but the magic happens when you find a way to let them out of the cocoon. Taking these small yet deliberate steps can make a monumental difference in transforming that dormant potential into tangible, actionable reality. Embrace the discomfort, break it down, and seek support along the way. You’ve got this! Question/ Challenge: What uncomfortable step will you take today to prototype your dreams into reality?