STEP NO. 4 | Thinking Forward
Welcome to Step No. 4 of the Finding Your Purpose series.
At this point, you’ve got clarity on your entrepreneurial career pivot. And you’re committed to making it happen.
Now, it’s time to take action.
While it's a micro step, it’s challenging. In fact, this is where most entrepreneurial types get stuck.
We visualize our ideal careers. We do endless research. We take in tons of information. But we don’t take the steps to move forward.
If you’ve been around the personal development world, you know there’s a lot of emphasis on action.
In the rational camp, there’s the idea of ‘taking massive action.’ This is the concept of taking action until you get the results you want. It’s about trying again and again until you hit your goal. It’s about grit and resilience. This works for some, and for others, it leads to burnout with minimal results.
And in the woo-woo camp, there’s ‘alignment before action.’ This is the idea of taking action only when you’re inspired to do so. Instead of forcing yourself to take action, this philosophy encourages you to boost your mood doing things you enjoy first, and then take action from a positive, energetic state. Again, this works for some, and leads to procrastination for others.
The thing is before you take either of these approaches, you have to step back and understand why you’re not taking action in the first place.
If you’re here, it’s likely because you feel stuck in a career you don’t love.
So how did you come to feel stuck?
It started with a circumstance - an objective, neutral condition.
Here’s an example that demonstrates two ways you could interpret your circumstance...
See, thoughts are powerful. A subtle shift in thought could take you from stuck to having the clarity to move forward.
But, thoughts are also pervasive. In an instant, a new thought could get you stuck once again.
To get unstuck, become aware of thinking traps that may be preventing you from pivoting your career...
The thoughts that hold you back are excuses.
The longer you hold on to your excuses, the harder they are to shift. Without even being aware of it, you unconsciously become attached to your excuses. Observe yourself, how are you conditioning your life around your excuses?
Did you catch yourself making tons of excuses? Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all do it.
Observe anyone who wants to make a change. You’ll notice how tightly they hang onto their excuses. It’s often not evident to them but it’ll be so obvious to you.
This is where you have a choice. You can fight for your excuses, or you can ‘think forward.’
Thinking forward is the practice of creating space to observe and reframe your thoughts in order to propel you forward.
Thinking forward isn’t just about creating positive thoughts. In fact, sometimes you can use anger or frustration to thrust yourself into forward action.
Likewise, thinking forward is not about getting rid of your thoughts. For one, it’s not possible. And for two, you need thoughts to create action.
Alright, it’s your turn to think forward.