I admit it. I am a secret listener of Martha Stewart radio on Sirius. It's a recent addiction for me as I just discovered it three weeks ago. In the three years I've had Sirius I found myself rarely moving from the same six channels: The Pulse, The 70's, Coffeehouse, Margaritaville, Comedy, and The 80's.
Then one day, I decided to flip up the channels when I was bored. That day, I listened to a career coach on Martha Stewart. I wish I had written down her name in my journal...but I was so engrossed that I forgot. A caller asked, "what am I to do now that I've been laid off." My pulse raced - it was as if I had called in! The coach said, the first thing we should do when offered the opportunity to "reinvent" ourselves is to think "what would I do, if I knew I could not fail."
Do you know how difficult a question that is to me? There are so many things. A writer, a photographer, a chef, a designer.....all of the dreams. Then, she tempered the thought with two follow-up questions. "Are you accomplishing any of those aspirations in your personal life?" Okay - yes, I am. And, "Can you think of a career that you have the talent for that would incorporate these aspirations realistically?" That is difficult....Okay, that is my goal for January. Really take a hard look at my resume, my skill set, and my aspirations and see if there is something that will blend all the aspects of me.
And notice, I'm using a word today that I haven't used in a while. "Aspirations" - a strong desire to achieve something high or great. An object of such desire. This word struck me today, again listening to MS radio. I'm also listing my aspirations in my journal - to see where my heart's desires lie. I know in general....but sometimes I fail in really looking at what steps I need to take to make aspirations come true. So, there is a second goals for me.
Finally, inspirations. I am so inspired by so many people but I get bogged down in the actions - which is a weird fix for an organized person like me. As I've admitted about my personal life - I get whelmed when the task seems too large. So, my third goal is to examine my inspirations. To break them down into achievable steps and to build foundations underneath my castles in the air.
I'm not a resolution type person...as Will Smith said (and I may be quoting this loosely), "if it's important enough - work on it now, not later."