Do any of the following statements sound like you?
- I have a great business idea but I worry it won’t take off.
- I have so much to say but I don’t know who would want to hear it.
- I’m ready for a big change but it’s hard to leave my comfort zone.
It’s easy to dream big but many people never go beyond that. Why? Keith Leon S. thinks it because most of us are too quick to listen to negative outside voices instead of the voice within.
As a 9-time best-selling author, speaker, and publisher, Keith’s passion is helping budding authors follow their dreams – and succeed. But Keith started out with little success, including a book that flopped. It wasn’t until he started to go within that he found his path forward.
You don’t have to be a potential novelist to learn from Keith’s 3-step formula. It can work for any dream, big or small.
Before you try to move toward your dreams, take the time to explore how you’ll get there. This begins by hitting pause and sitting with your dreams.
It’s hard to reflect when you’re on the move. If you’re constantly running from here to there, be it physically or mentally, you can’t zone in on how to proceed.
Keith suggests devoting time for true reflection into your routine. Then, scrap your to-do list. I know, but keep reading. To-do lists are notorious for keeping your wheels spinning with no real progress. Instead, create a possibilities list. This type of list can inspire and motivate instead of drag you down.
Once you have your list, sit down and focus in.
Next. take your list and choose one possibility. Come up with a single question to ask regarding that particular possibility. For example:
- If you’re an artist: What is my next project?
- If you’re an entrepreneur: What is my best business idea?
- If you’re an executive: Where do I see myself next year?
- If you’re a philanthropist: Who do I want to serve?
Stay with that one question in your reflection time and note your answer before moving on. From there, ask yourself follow-up questions to move you forward. When the answers become harder to come by, stop asking questions.
This is where you learn to truly go within. It’s not too hard to sit and ask, but listening is a bigger challenge. That’s because it’s easy for outside voices to crowd in and drown out your voice within – your authentic and true voice that will never steer you wrong.
Keith calls these outside voices little liars and they can easily derail your dreams. Other terms for little liars include self-sabotage, imposter syndrome, and self-doubt.
To listen for your true voice, ask a question and then take note of your very first answer. Here’s an example:
Q: What brings me the most fulfillment?
A: Teaching others.
Perhaps you have an accounting degree and a corporate job with no opportunity to teach. If you let it, the little liar will quickly swoop in, reminding you that you can’t leave what you have, that you’re not qualified, that it’ll never work.
Listen to that first answer anyway. Chances are it’s the right one – your instinct guiding you in the right direction. A good rule of thumb is that your voice within is never negative. It knows exactly what to do and when to do it. You just have to trust it.
Your dreams are closer than you think, you just need to find the right path. Start your 3-step journey today and prepare to get ahead.