In today's interview, you'll meet April Farlow, an amazing woman who spent the first 15 years of her career as a Dale Carnegie trained motivational speaker and corporate trainer. She describes how she began to feel a pull to take some risks: hire an editor and write a book, start a non-profit to help with foster kids' college housing expenses, and write her own material for faith-based speaking. Despite the timing not making sense, she had faith she was on the right journey.
1. Great risks often don't make sense. Whatever it is you're called to do may not make any sense to you in the moment. The timing may feel all wrong. Pay attention when you feel the need to wait. It may be intentional and sent to you for a reason. Trust the initial pull and but also trust the wait even if it doesn't make sense.
2. Notice what keeps you up at night and gets you so excited you can't stop thinking about it and working on it.
3. Ask yourself, "If I'm still doing the same thing 10 years from now, how would that feel?" Does the thought of continuing along the same path create joy, or do you need to start growing in a new direction?
4. Pain can be used for a purpose like when April had writer's block for a year before her father died. Then her pain acted as fuel for her writing.
5. You're going to get there. You don't have to take all the steps today. Take small, intentional steps instead of running full speed ahead. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the journey.
6. Pay attention to whether or not your playing small. Do you use words like "just" and "little" to describe what you do? What kinds of words does your inner voice use to describe you? We have to work on how we see ourselves in order to believe in ourselves enough to go after whatever it is.