I woke up this morning, determined to be greatful and this song came on. It stopped everything. Stopped me in my tracks, made me ask myself the question and then smile at the response.
“What is your aspiration in life?” the judge asked Beyonce in Pretty Hurts.
What is my aspiration? I know my mission, I have the vision but what’s the aspiration? I went to a conference in November and the question there was, what is your dream? So many of the people there confused their mission with their dream and I’m sure many confuse their aspiration with their mission. But your aspiration and your dream are the same thing.
Let’s talk about the ways you can uncover your aspiration in life:
1. Determine the recurring theme in your life – your dream and your aspiration are selfish. They aren’t the selfless vision or mission on your life. They are the things you want JUST for you.
My running theme and my dream is freedom. I don’t like being confined or restricted. I enjoy the free options that entrepreneurship has created for me. It’s also what I daydreamed about when I worked in cubicle world or even when I had my own office. At the last job I had, my window overlooked a smooth parking lot, yall and I stayed gazing into the sunshine.
2. Start with, “I Wish I…” – If you don’t have a continued theme, start with, I wish and use the selfish button. What do you wish for YOURSELF. Not for your kids, your family, the people you want to serve. What do you wish for YOU?
There’s a reason the flight attendants tell us to put our masks on before we attempt to help a child or anyone else around us. It’s because it makes sense. You can’t hope to cure ebola or develop the fastest version of wifi but you don’t know how to keep yourself in a happy, non-self defeatist mindset. All of what you want starts with you. You will determine how quick you go, how much you accomplish and if you’ll spend your money wisely or flame out in your business because you started with YOU. Not with everyone around you but with YOU. This has to be one of the only times I’ve ever heard someone say, be selfish first but I’m saying it. Be selfish FIRST. Everything you want in your life works better when you start with you.
3. Determine what your ideal life looks like – what is the most consistent thing that shows up for you? That’s your dream, your aspiration.
Ready to put your dream in action?