“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”
— Wanda Sykes
In today’s world of social media scrolling and Pinterest dreaming, many of us find ourselves in a continuous cycle of wishful thinking. We imagine what could be, gazing longingly at the seemingly ideal and better existences of others. However, we often hesitate to take the necessary steps towards these callings, allowing our dreams to remain distant and unfulfilled.
Fabulous comedian Wanda Sykes encapsulated this sentiment perfectly in her quote: “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” These words of wisdom urge us to recognize our passions and, more importantly, to actively pursue them. Just like a dragon waiting to be awakened, passions lie dormant within, patiently waiting for us to acknowledge their presence.
But how do we go from wishful thinking to taking decisive action? How do we awaken the fiery spirit within us? Let’s explore the steps we can take to unleash our inner dragons and embrace our passions with purpose and determination.
Soul Reflecting: Take a day or afternoon to reflect on the things that truly ignite your soul. What activities make time fly? What topics do you find yourself endlessly curious about? Identifying our passions is the first step towards embracing them. It’s about discovering what brings joy and a sense of purpose.
Overcoming the Fear of Failure: This is a big one for me in terms of blocking my own self to pursue certain goals and passions. We worry about what others might think. We question our own abilities. I try to remember that failure is a natural part of growth and learning. To realize and embrace the idea that mistakes and setbacks are stepping stones to success. Envision your inner dragon roaring back, undeterred by the fear of failure.
Take Small Steps to Clear Goals: Passions and aspirations are awesome but to move forward, they need to be broken down into smaller, manageable steps. This makes the journey less overwhelming as well as providing steps of accomplishment along the way. Understand that the path towards your ultimate achievements may not always be straightforward, but the growth and fulfillment you experience along the way are prizes too.
Invest in Self Growth: Seek out resources, courses, workshops, or mentors who can help you refine your skills and expand your knowledge. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who inspire and support your journey.
Unleashing our inner dragons and embracing our passions requires a conscious shift from wishing to doing. As much as possible, enjoy the ups and downs, the triumphs, and the challenges. Let’s ignite the fire within us, seize the opportunities that come our way, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment.
As Wanda Sykes wisely reminds us, our passions are meant to be pursued, not merely wished for. Unleash your inner dragon and let it guide you towards a life filled with purpose and endless possibilities. Roar!