IMAGINATION FOR POWERFUL TRANSFORMATION

Why Being in The Wrong Career is Like Swimming Against an Undertow?

Endless blue skies. Warm sands, cool ocean breezes.

Looking forward to a cleansing swim you plunge into the cool refreshing surf. At first, enjoying the weightless feeling and the sun reflecting off the ocean surface like a million dances diamonds, dancing only for you.

But then….you look back and notice your far off course. The undertow grows stronger. You panic. Fighting harder to get back to a safe place. You get slammed onto some offshore rocks. Gasping for breath it feels like your only choice is to hold on tightly.

This is exactly what you are doing every day when your career/job is not aligned with your creative purpose.

There is a way out of this daily struggle. A career aligned with your creative purpose…..

What Is Your Creative Purpose?

Simplified, your creative purpose is:

  • A deep personal desire that you wish to make a reality in the world.
  • Comes from you. It is not imposed on you by the outside world.
  • Allows you to creatively express your deep desire in a tangible way.
  • Usually is so strong that it never goes away no matter how many times you try to bury it.
  • Supplies fulfillment by giving your life profound purpose and meaning.

Why Should My Career Be Aligned With My Creative Purpose?

Think of your Creative Purpose as the source of a giant, flowing ocean current. Powerful, pristine waters bubbling up from deep within the earth. This current is flowing in the direction you want to go in. It assist you in getting to your desired destination. Float on top, feel the sun heat up your skin and enjoy the ride!

From this source current other streams of current branch out. One of the largest current streams is the stream of your career. Will you encounter occasional sharks and storms even though you are flowing with the current? Yes, you will.

However, the quality of the experience is entirely different because you are going where you want to go and doing what you want to do. It sure beats swimming against an undertow!

Think of a time when you were doing work or a project that you loved. You enjoyed it. The quality of the experience was entirely different from doing work you were not aligned with. If you encountered any stress during the process it was of an entirely different nature. You looked forward to the challenges and making things happen.

What Can You Do Right Now To Escape From Drowning In A Career You Hate?

First realize that you are moving against your own undertow. At some point you gave up your own creative purpose. You settled for something else along the way.  It happens to a lot of us.

But after a while it no longer feels like you are struggling against your own undertow. It feel like it the “world” or “life” or some other external factor.

You forget your own desires and power. It’s too painful. You settle into a routine that solidifies and freezes into “your life.”

Your work life is unfulfilling & stressful because you are moving against your own creative purpose. Realizing this puts the power back in your hands because it means there is something you can do it about it. It is not out of your control.

Second start using your imagination in new and powerful ways. This will help revive your creative purpose.

You can try two simple examples now. These exercises will help you free some unseen positions you hold. These positions are part of your perceptual filter.

Exercise #1

Take out a piece of paper. At the top write down the following:

If I had unlimited choices I would be doing the following:

Continue to write whatever comes out for a minimum of 5 minutes. If it is gibberish or nonsensical at first that is fine. Just keep going at least five minutes. If you’d like to continue thereafter go for it. Do this at least once a day until you feel you have come up with some solid possibilities.

Exercise #2

Take out a piece of paper. At the top write down the following:

The following are jobs I could never imagine doing:

Continue to write whatever comes out for a minimum of 5 minutes. If it is gibberish or nonsensical at first that is fine. Just keep going at least five minutes. If you’d like to continue thereafter go for it. Do this at least once a day until you feel you have come up with some solid possibilities.

Please note some people may have concerns with this exercise because they feel they are focusing on the negative. If you know why you are doing the exercise (to uncover a creative purpose related job) then it is not negative. The purpose here is to get your imagination going. Sometimes looking in other directions brings up angles you never would have otherwise considered.

Can I Really Live My Creative Purpose? I Have Bills To Pay & Responsibilities….

I am not telling you to immediately quit your job and start a new one. First, you need to get clear on exactly what kind of work, business, etc you want to do that is aligned with your creative purpose. And when you become aware of that or if you are already aware of that then you take action to make it happen. Here is what I recommend:

Think BIG, Dream BIG, But Start Small…. That’s Right START SMALL!

Before you know it things add up and you will reach escape velocity. Starting with small actions will help gain momentum. At the same time you will not cause complete upheaval with your current situation. Dreaming big will provide the fuel you need.

For example, when building my website I was still working full-time in a job not aligned with my creative purpose. I did not have enough money to just quit. Like everyone else I had many bills and responsibilities.

I started with a BIG idea. To change people’s lives with the power of imagination. After work and whenever I could I worked on the site. Eventually I worked less hours on my “regular” job. Within the next year I will be moving into working on the website only. It’s a positive snowball effect.

What If I Don’t Know What My Creative Purpose Is Yet?

No worries.

Everyone, and that includes you, has a creative purpose. It is the thing you most want to be doing. You may have buried it. You may have forgotten it. But it is always there. Think of it like the sun behind the clouds.

This sun is always there. It has never left. However, if you are in a job you hate it is always cloudy. Doesn’t mean the sun is not there. It just means you don’t see it. By learning to remove the clouds, you allow the sun to shine forth.  The sun was always there, it just SEEMED like it was not.

Imagination will help remove the clouds so that your creative purpose can shine forth onto your career.

Get Out Of The Undertow By Letting Your Creative Purpose Flow!

Working on a job not aligned with your creative purpose is like swimming against a daily undertow. Your creative purpose is a powerful desire that you deeply want to make a reality. A job aligned with your creative purpose leads to a much more fulfilling life. Your creative purpose may be clouded over but it is still there.

Using your imagination in powerful new ways can let it show forth once again. This is how you escape the undertow and float on the current in your direction. Dream big & start small. Enjoy the ride!

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