This is a guest post by Dana Gore
Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?
Not yet huh? Ok, that’s cool.
Just stay with me for a minute and it’ll all come together
See – the reason I’m writing about this subject is because I know a thing or two about wanting to make a dream come true, or pursue a passion, yet not having a clue how to make this into a reality.
And from where I stand, I’m not alone.
Many of you probably wonder sometimes whether or not you’ll be able to create something out of nothing – with absolutely no idea whatsoever as to how it could ever work.
Well the good news is that I can share with you two examples that demonstrate that even though sometimes ‘the how’ of things may not be evident – all it takes is a strong enough intention and a willingness to take a few steps forward and things can work themselves out.
Example #1 – Career Change
I had spent years (almost two decades in fact) feeling trapped in a career that I had NO passion for.
To put it bluntly, I hated my day to day routine. I was physically and mentally exhausted every day after work and I lived with constant back pain.
While I did the best I could to change the way I looked at things, I just couldn’t make it work.
To top it off, I couldn’t see a way out of it. I had no idea what else I wanted to do – I felt trapped.
Until one day – when I made a discovery that changed my life.
As I browsed through the local job listings, simply as a way of seeing what possibilities were out there – something caught my attention;
There was an opening for a part time position as a fitness attendant at a small women’s gym just down the street from where I lived.
No experience was required, and the owner would train.
I sent in my resume (with me having no background in fitness, mind you) and to my utter shock – I was called for an interview.
And by simply showing up, being honest about who I was and having a willingness to accept something new into my life…
I GOT THE JOB!
However, there was a catch…
I would have to give up my afternoon hours at my other job to take the shifts at this new place. This was pretty scary for me because at the time – as much as I hated my long term career – I was earning decent money.
So by taking this position, I would be also taking a huge financial risk.
I took the job anyway.
And so the journey began.
I grew to love the job and it eventually opened the doors for me to call and speak with Jayne at Fitness Institute International, Inc. School for Fitness and enroll in their certification program (along with my husband – who was also open to a career change).
However, there was another catch…
I wasn’t sure I would be able to swing the tuition costs with the decrease in my income. The curriculum was also very challenging (metabolic calculations and kinesiology anyone?)…and I was no scholar.
None the less, the finances worked themselves out (extra side jobs here and there) and the hubs and I passed all of the courses with flying colors because we had each other as study partners – and we were VERY dedicated to studying on our own as well.
It all worked itself out!
As the right opportunities, (the new job) and the right people (Jayne from Fitness Institute) literally showed up to guide me in the right direction, it made me feel as though the whole thing was nothing less than synchronistic.
So before I knew it – I had shifted careers with no clue as to how it would happen.
Example #2 – Becoming an Author
Part of the reason it had been so tough for me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life is because there had been only one thing that I had wanted to be when I grew up.
I wanted to be an author and write a book one day.
Oh how I used to love my creative writing assignments in school (the only subject I could stand) – but to be honest, I had no idea what to write about outside of school assignments.
This is because I wasn’t inspired.
Who feels inspiration when they live and work in an environment they feel out of alignment with?
Well, after graduating from Fitness Institute and getting my CPTS (Certified Personal Training Specialist) certification – I had found inspiration.
That meant I had something to write about!
But how? Where?
That was another mystery.
Until one day – I made a discovery that would change my life.
I was browsing through the home page of my social network and noticed an ad for a site that publishes articles online.
I signed up and started writing about the role of health and fitness in my life. I had lost quite a bit of weight as a result of this entire experience – and gained clarity of what well-being looked like in a responsible and empowering way.
I was inspired – and the content naturally showed up.
I created articles that I was able to share with others and I felt pretty great about that.
The right people (from attending networking events to get training clients) and the right circumstances (free writing gigs that led to paid writing gigs) showed up as if to meet the intention I set with the appropriate momentum to help propel things forward.
The next step, however, was scary.
That next step was to write a book.
The idea was very intimidating to me because not only does a book require a lot of content (not like an article) – but I because I figured I’d write about health and fitness.
You may be wondering why that would seem scary.
The reason is because with a gazillion health and fitness books out there – I wondered who on earth would want to read mine.
I didn’t know the answer to this…nor did I have any clue as to how to actually put a book together and publish it.
I started writing anyway.
And about halfway through the project – I reached the chapter where I planned to cover exercise safety.
Now considering my past education – there was a LOT to cover on this topic.
And then a thought appeared…
“Why not make the whole book about exercise safety? See if it exists – and if not, there’s your book!”
So I did. And there were none.
Until mine of course – which is now written and published…thanks to my husband who sent me a video filled with information about book publishing.
Using the same company that provided me with my first paid writing job (again thanks to hubby) I was able to find the right people to take my word document and turn it into a book complete with a beautiful cover and manageable production costs – largely, thanks to the money I earned writing health and fitness articles
I held my brand new, published book in my hands just before my 40th birthday – with my family (local and visiting) around to celebrate with me.
As a bonus – the book was endorsed by JC Santana, MEd, CSCS - One of the most well-respected professionals in the fitness industry.
It was the first award I had ever received!
Needless to say – I was pretty excited – and VERY humbled.
I had made a childhood dream come true with no clue as to how it would happen.
Letting Go of the How
I have shared two examples (one leading to the other) of how I changed my life without knowing how things were going to turn out at the start of the journey.
I had to be honest with myself and acknowledge where I was in relationship to where I wanted to be, keeping an open mind and taking some risks.
This allowed synchronicity (the right elements almost magically showing up to help you as you follow the right path) to play a big role.
Was it easy?
No. But it wasn’t a struggle.
It required work – and choosing awareness.
Awareness in the sense that I had to learn what instinct felt like and to be brave enough to follow it – even when I had no physical evidence of how things would work out – or if they would at all.
Awareness of the fact that I had a voice within me that knew the way – as long as I didn’t allow fear to intellectualize my way out of taking the necessary first steps in making my dreams become a reality.
This Guest Post
While I had initially started my writing career discussing health and fitness, my natural fascination about consciousness and the human condition became the topic I am now most attracted to, and what my material focuses on more than anything.
And as synchronicity (again with that word) would have it – I’ve attracted other like-minded people into my life who have not only been a pleasure to get to know, but have granted me the opportunity to communicate with their readers as well through guest posting.
This is something I never thought would have happened the day I accepted that part time fitness attendant position!
And the momentum continues…
I want to thank Jamie for allowing me to chime in here and contribute to Psycholocrazy.com. His work inspires the rest of us to question our belief systems about the meaning of work in our lives – and this, to me, helps to pave the way to freedom.
So tell me about you. Have you ever made a desire become a reality without knowing how it would happen? Let me know in the comments below. I’d personally love to hear about it – and I’m sure anyone else looking to make a change would benefit too!
About the Author
Creator of I Choose Awareness and author of the book “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety – (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You)”, Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009. Combining her natural interest in human consciousness with her education in health and fitness, she inspires her readers to seek self-awareness as a means to achieve overall well-being and inner-peace.