I've always been a dreamer with passionate ideas and big questions. But I am becoming more aware of the need to find contentment in what is right in front of me.
When we try to achieve goals, our plans seem perfect in our heads. But in reality, attempting something new often looks like this:
There is a gap between what we have to work with and what we want to achieve. And fortunately, looking silly is not that big of a deal.
We usually want what is out of reach. But that gets frustrating without some small wins. What would happen if we became fascinated about our actual lives, careers, and communities?
Curiosity is a practice worth developing. There is always more going on than what we see at first glance.
We often mislabel what we need to be successful. If you look at any situation, you can usually tell immediately if you have an advantage or a disadvantage. Many people stop there and assume nothing can be done to increase their odds.
In this TED talk Phil Hansen shares his experience of being an artist and having to find a new way to create.
Here's one of my favorite quotes from the talk:
Obstacles can be our jumping off points-imperfect and an excellent place to start. When we stay grateful about our actual experiences, happiness and success seem easier to find.
Taking time to notice what is working allows us to celebrate what is good-right now. This type of awareness also helps us find the next step instead of getting stuck.