Challenge: The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
I've covered what I want to do, and I think I've addressed the obstacles. I guess if I want to take it a step further, I could say that I've dreamed about being able to freelance like my dad does. Hole up in a studio all day and paint. It sounds lovely, although I know it's also extremely difficult. The obstacles to that? Talent, financial stability, and the ability to market myself and find clients. What am I going to do about it? Right now, nothing but what I'm currently doing.
To acheive talent (maybe), I have to practice. For years and years and years. To be financially stable, I have to get out of debt. As for business sense and marketing ability, I'm not even going to think about it until the other two aren't an issue.
I think I've got the next best situation. I have a great day job -- the company's great, I like the work I'm doing and I like the people. I have no problem with being where I am for the forseeable future. Liking the job that pays the bills frees me up to focus on my own creative stuff, and let's me work on whatever I want to work on. I'm not even sure that I want to become a professional illustrator. I design for other people and that's fine -- I might want to illustrate just for me.
I'm not sure that "being realistic" is a bad thing. If I reach the point where taking a leap seems like a practical thing to do -- even if it's only very remotely practical -- I'll do it. Honestly, I don't have much of a problem with initiating change and taking leaps of faith. In fact, I think the tendency to jump a little too often has been more of a problem than staying put where I don't want to be.
So right now, I think it's okay to wait. Sometimes patience is more of a virtue than spontaneity.