It’s a new year and you’re ready to get started on your big dreams! Before you get started, spend some quiet time going over your plans and searching your heart. “Sit back, relax and listen to your inner to lead you to what God has for you,” advises empowerment coach Celena Gill. “Once you slow down and listen to your heart, you can take your time to pinpoint your desires and create a vision.” By moving too fast, you could end up pursuing something that’s not truly your passion.
“What do other people always ask you for? What areas of advice to do your friends repeatedly seek from you?” Gill says these are questions that can easily lead you to discovering your gift. If your coworkers always ask you to lead the office community service activity, or your girlfriends always reach out because they love your cooking, those could be telltale signs of your natural gifts and how your passion serves others. If you enjoy the task, that’s further confirmation that this could be your true passion.
You don’t need Oprah’s money or Michelle O.’s fame to make a difference. “You can find ways to serve others and work in your passion in your everyday life,” says Gill. “Whether you serve at church or are a bus driver, your energy and vision can be used to help someone else.” If your goals seem to require more time, money or resources than you have, break down your plans into small steps and just start. The more you get moving, the more momentum and resources will come your way over time.
There’s no such thing as an overnight sensation so patience with yourself is key. “Working in your gift will take time, so keep working at it,” says Gill. With the advent of social media, it may seem like some ideas go viral in a matter of days, but rest assured that when it’s your time, nothing will stand in your way. “It may take you months or years before your idea takes off, and that’s okay. Nothing is predictable, but anything is possible.”
If your 2015 vision requires more cash flow than what’s in your bank account, it’s time to get creative and take risks. “If you want to quit your 9-to-5, your style of living may have to change, but your happiness is worth it! You’re working an unfulfilling job just because it affords you a certain lifestyle, but are you really enjoying that life? Sometimes, we end up buying material things to make us happy, and that’s why we can’t save money. It’s a never-ending cycle,” says Gill. Think of ways you can decrease your monthly expenses and see how long you can go without visiting the mall this year. Create a “vision account” and start stashing away money you can use to fund your dream. It’ll be worth every penny in the end.