I remember nights when sleep had decided it was okay to take a sabbatical. Dread haunted me: waking the next morning, getting dressed and trudging to answer the call of an unhappy career choice. It was hard to find the switch inside my head—the one that turned off the tidal wave of unanswered questions: what was I passionate enough about that I would love to do as a career?
To me, that’s question number one in recognizing what is the brightest fire inside your core?
Inside our brain, there is no switch to turn off or on. The only way we’re gonna (and I did say gonna) travel down the road of meant-to-be is through willful and strategic planning. The first clue I had that helped me reach my hottest flame was that friends and family members would come to me whenever there was some kind of writing involved with their project–a catchy phase, or edit a letter was fun to me. It got me going.
What are you naturally good at? Think about it and make a list.
A while back, one of the featured stories on Night Line was about a couple of guys that had lived in Hawaii all their lives. These guys figured out at an early age that their brightest fire was that they had a knack for riding the waves—the higher the walls of swelling ocean, the more intense was the rush after the ride. Amidst broken bones, bruises, and other brutal infliction, they are not deterred from what is perceived by them as a core gift, a brightest fire. Their determination to stick with the lighted match (passion) lite a flame that’s opening financial doors for them.
I definitely gleamed a new blast of encouragement from this story. If the thing that you believe you’ve been created for wipes you out on the first run, you’ve got to find another way to get back on top of your surfboard. Otherwise, you risk a life of just settling, waiting for something to happen. One good thing to remember is to surround yourself with cheer leaders, people or individuals that believes in you.
Success is rarely won on the first tidal wave, and a trickle will remain just that, if you don’t organize the physical action of releasing more water.