I have always loved snow globes. I think they’re magical. I collected them when I was younger. I would stare inside, at the pristine little world covered in “snow drops” and would imagine what it would be like to live inside one. As I got older, instead of feeling like I was on the outside of the snow globe looking in, I began to feel like I was on the inside, looking out. I was stuck in the pristine little world, surrounded by glass and unable to get to reality. I imagined that everyone on the outside was looking in and thinking what a pretty little picture it was, but there I was, not really living life. Now that I’m further away from that, I realize that I was trapped by fear and living an inauthentic life. I felt like I was supposed to be happy because I was in this pretty little world and to everyone else things appeared perfect.
I felt stuck but I didn’t know why and I didn’t know how to change anything.
Do you feel this way? Have you ever? You’re not alone. The question is, how will you get out? What changes and choices are you willing to make today that will get you out of the bubble? How will you get to the other side of the glass? How will you live an authentic life?
I suggest starting by simply writing your ideal future. Imagine this future is your current reality, happening right here, today. Take a moment to close your eyes and envision the future you want and write it down. You don’t need a ready-made road map, you can create your own. You’re not forging someone else’s path. This is your path. No one can decide what it looks like except you. As you begin to build your map, you will become one step closer, every day, to being who and where you want to be.
At the beginning of her coaching, a client once shared with me that she wanted to become the CEO of her company. That’s a bold move. It’s a gutsy vision. The problem was, she didn’t have a road map. She didn’t know how in the world she was going to get to CEO. I assured her that we had all the tools and resources we needed to create one for her. We started with her big picture vision and come up with a plan. Plan after plan and goal after goal, things started into motion. Just last week, about six months after that initial call, she shared with me a number of different opportunities that had magically presented themselves. You see, she had asked for what she wanted. When you put your desires out there with intention, you should be prepared to get them! I asked her what would happen after she participated in these magical things and stepped into the roles presented her. I asked “where is that going to take you?” She was quiet for a moment and said, “They’ll take me to CEO.”
I am here to tell you, you can invent your future, you can create it. You don’t need a road map, you can design your own. It’s all there for you. You just have to want it, and you just have to start today, right now. You can get on the outside of the snow globe. Just like I did.