If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m passionate about living a life you love, about following your passion and being authentic. After my burnout, I took a long time to figure out what my passion was, even though the clues were there all along.
With some recovery and reflection I became a writer. I didn’t wait for my book to be published for me to call myself a writer. My new profession became clear and I didn’t need to wait for external validation to change my job title. In fact, it’s much more than a job title, it’s a calling. I felt compelled to write the book and I’m clear that there are people who can benefit from my message.
I wrote about the unadulterated joy that I’ve started to experience as I get closer to fulfilling a lifelong dream of publishing a book. This joy has been marred by last-minute obstacles as I reach the end of this journey of getting my message into the world. It is a reality that there is a lot of struggle and suffering along the way to success. Living your passion can be rewarding but it’s not all plain sailing. There are challenges and circumstances that get in the way of your dreams and it is imperative that you fight to keep your dreams alive.
It’s possible that people will try to cling to your dreams as their own, or even worse, to sabotage them. When you start to be successful, people may attribute it to luck or their part in the process. In these final challenges I was reminded of Paulo Coelho’s words in The Alchemist:
“The closer he got to the realization of his dream, the more difficult things became.”
There is no-one who truly knows the difficulties I have faced on my way to launching this book. At times it has felt impossible to get my dreams off the ground. But I held the belief and I kept moving towards them. Now I am within weeks of my dreams coming true and I couldn’t be happier.
I’m not going to let anything or anyone stand in my way. This book is happening and it’s going to feel fantastic for me to launch my work into the world. I truly believe that it will help people not to get as sick as I did, to improve their lives and to identify what’s dragging them down. I hope to help people avoid the depth of illness that I reached and I am certain that the book will have this impact on at least a few people in the world. To help people is a key value of mine and it’s so exciting for me to know that I can have an impact in this way.
I don’t know exactly what opportunities lie ahead but this book is a big part of my future. It is the foundation of my new career and of my dreams becoming reality. One thing I have learnt along the way is that it’s very important to focus on the next step. Don’t obsess about how a new career will unfold – just do the next step. And for me the next step is the final proof before printing. How thrilling to know that my work will be out in the world soon and I’m so ready to fight for it if I have to. My dreams are calling me forward and I’m doing my part to make them real.
Are you letting obstacles in the way of living the life you want? Are you fighting for your dreams? Are you focusing on the next step?