In an era of ‘anything is possible’ and (what seems like) a million people all getting rich from making their dreams come true, it can be very intimidating to admit that you also have a dream.
Let’s be honest, once that big beautiful dream is realised and we share it with others, it’s very natural to feel pressure towards making it happen. Why? Because if no-one knows about the dream, then no-one can judge you, laugh at you or tell you the idea is ridiculous. Besides, if you don’t try then you can never really fail. Right?
The only problem with this approach is, the dream keeps returning to haunt you. It takes hold of your mind, despite your best efforts to ignore it. “No, not me. It’s a nice idea but I’ve got too much else going on” you say in your defence.
If you’re not convinced you have a dream, plan, goal or beautiful vision for the future lurking in the dark depths of your brain, I challenge you to think again and consider these 6 clues that indicate you do know which path is for you.
In return I’ll share the number one reason why you’re hesitating to follow up on it and build your own path.
1. Intuitive Hits
Your body makes involuntary positive reactions when you hear key words, sounds, sights etc… Like tingles down the spine. The hair on the back of your next stands up and you take notice of what’s going on around you with great interest.
Intuition has been described as the Universe’s way of saying, “Nudge, nudge, wink, wink” AKA Take notice of this.
I like to think of intuition as your real inner self already knowing its truth and the involuntary jolt occurs when your subconscious brain makes a connection with the verbal or visible clue. In other words, it just FEELS right.
2. Signs + Signals
Very similar to Intuitive Hits above, signs and signals can come to us in many different forms as evidence that our path is forming in front of us.
Often we put these signs down as a coincidence or being in the ‘right place at the right time’, but I genuinely believe everything happens for a reason, so if you’re picking up on interesting signs around you that remind you of your dream, I’d trust your intuition that you’re receiving a “Hell Yes” message loud and clear from the Universe and that everything is falling in to place for you to follow this particular path.
3. The Dream Is Effortless
Have you ever experienced the sensation of just knowing what to do. There’s no explanation, no rhyme or reason, but every fibre of your being tells you that your idea is right?
Quite often when we are being sent signals from the Universe to follow a certain path, our gorgeous dream forms itself with very little assistance from us (or our logical brain).
That is, we don’t force the business idea in desperation of needing something to do, we just have a lightbulb moment and somehow the entire concept lands in our head as if it was there all along, but we’d never noticed it before.
After some time the dream takes on a life of its own and it develops naturally in your mind. The whole vision makes sense to you and you can clearly define a need in the market for your plan. Yes, you may undertake more research, work out the numbers and draft up a strategy to see if the idea has legs, but essentially the dream is clear, concise, effortless. It just makes sense.
4. It Energisers You
When a dream such as starting a new business, travelling around the world or following a creative passion makes you feel empowered, excited, and energised, it’s safe to say you’re on the right path.
There is no struggle, no draining negative energy or challenge too hard to overcome. You know you can make it happen, eventually, because your heart is propelling you forward. Hold on to that!
5. Your Experience + Education Supports You
When asked, ‘What is one piece of advice you would give new small business owners?’ many Entrepreneurs often say, ‘Start before you’re ready’.
You may not have direct experience working in the industry you’re about to venture in to or feel like you have the right qualifications under your belt, but if you’re picking up on signals, feel energised by the idea and have a dream forming in your head without your proactive assistance, then you can bet your bottom dollar you already have everything you need to get started.
Look back, what has brought you to this point? Perhaps your current skills and abilities are an excellent foundation to establish a new consulting business, or your professional path has shown you a new way to cultivate solutions for an old issue.
Whatever it is, life has a funny way of providing exactly what you need along the way, to ensure this next step takes place. It’s like playing a game of Join The Dots.
If the desire to kick start your dream exists, I believe you already have what it takes to make it happen and you just need to start before you’re ready and figure the rest out as you go.
6. You’re S*#t Scared
This is the biggest and loudest sign of them all!
As Author Steven Pressfield says, “The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistance you will feel to it – the more fear you will feel.”
When we’re fearful we won’t make any money, be laughed at for trying or perceived as a failure for not achieving other people’s expectations, we stop short of starting and never really try.
But the inbuilt, very natural fear that boils under the surface is a sign that you’re unfolding. You’re growing, experimenting and ready to expand beyond your current position.
If your dream doesn’t scare you, then perhaps it’s not big enough? Can you turn it up a notch or two?
How would you feel if you did follow this new path and one day achieved more than you ever imagined?
So, what is the number one reason why you’re not diving in head first to conquer this bold dream? Simple. It’s the Devil on your shoulder. More commonly known as, your Inner Critic.
Tara Mohr refers to the Inner Critic as ‘the voice of not-me’ in her best selling book Playing Big. It’s the internal chatter that tells a woman she’s not ready to lead, she’s not enough of an expert, she’s not good enough at this or that.
When this self-doubt becomes the loudest voice in our head, it becomes industrial background noise we learn to live with instead of realising this voice is not the real you. It’s like a safety switch that gets triggered in our mind whenever we envision stretching beyond our current situation to claim our dreams and play bigger.
If you allowed the inner critic to keep winning its argument, just imagine all the big beautiful ideas, creations, and desires that may have never come to fruition.
Think of the absolute worst possible scenario you could find yourself in, if you were to follow this new path, and ask, “Is that really such a terrible risk, if it means I could also meet my full potential and achieve my true purpose?”
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Do any of these clues resonate with you and what does your inner critic say when you come up with your own big idea? How can we help you turn that voice around to be a champion for you instead of a critic?
If you like this article, please share it and start a conversation with your friends. You may be surprised how many people admit to not following their ideas because they don’t believe they are good enough to do so.