Whether you’re a creative entrepreneur, writer, artist, healer, social entrepreneur, or a mix, you might feel like you’re the only one who struggles with things like
- Lack of motivation
- Feeling like an imposter
If you think you’re the only one dealing with these kinds of things, it can really sap your energy. Not only do you feel crummy because of whatever your challenge is, but you also feel alone in your struggle.
Here’s the deal. I hear about these kinds of things from clients and colleagues all the time. No matter how shiny, successful, and confident your peers appear on the outside, I guarantee that they are struggling with something similar to you too.
When you’re pursuing your Big Vision, not only do you need to take external action to make it real, you also have to take internal action. Managing your thoughts and feelings is a big part of your job as a Big Visionary. If you don’t have tools and strategies to work with your internal challenges, they have the potential to mess with your external plans.
So what do you do? Here are 3 tips for when you’re struggling with your Big Vision.
1. Become aware of the internal issues that are affecting your living your Big Vision. It’s not always fun to look at our shadow (the parts of your personality you aren’t a fan of), but you gotta do it. Hoping that the things listed above will just “go away” doesn’t usually work.
2. Once you’ve identified the internal stuff that’s kicking your butt, you might be inclined to be hard on yourself, so the second step is to be compassionate about your challenges, just like you would be with a friend who is suffering. Kristen Neff, author of Self-Compassion, has some great resources for this and Barbara Fredrickson has a lovely “self-love” meditation on her site.
3. Get support. That could mean taking a class to gain skills, or talking with a friend, coach, therapist, or small group of other Big Visionaries. Isolation is the enemy of pain. Connection is part of the remedy. As the Swedish proverb goes, “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow.”
It’s completely normal to have struggles as a Big Visionary. Your job is to become compassionately aware of them.
We need your Big Vision. Get support to make it real.
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