Lately, I have reached greater levels of desperation. I was listening to something online about where innovative ideas for entrepreneurship come from. I was pleased to hear that mostly are born out of desperation for a better place in life.
Someone maybe in a dead-end career where there is no growth and therefore no passion for the work. Someone may be in a situation where they feel they are not living in their purpose. They may be asking the life question “Why on earth am I here?” They may be feeling like “I am only taking up space here” and feel like they are not making any real difference in the world. Someone else may be struggling financially. Sort of what I have heard termed as “There is always too much month at the end of the money.” So, they feel desperate for something to do to augment their income. However, they feel stuck because the 9-5 job they are working at doesn’t give them room to do any side hassle.
Or it could be that the job they are in sucks out all their energy that at the end of the day, they have nothing left to apply to any side hassle. It is just too hard. Or could be a stay at home mother who feels desperate to find something part time to help with the bills in the home and to increase her feeling of contributing to the family financial situation. This desperation could also be triggered by life transitions like loss of a spouse, divorce, loss of a job or income, etc.
Whatever the cause is, this desperation can be a positive force to creating something spectacular and extraordinary. It can be the “thing” that pushes us out of our comfort zone. It could be the very thing that pushes us to take risks that we never imagined we could. It could be the thing that would force us to face the fears that create the boundaries that serve to maintain our stuckness. This desperation is what most of us would need in order to go to heights and places we never imagined possible.
So, in my desperation today, I decided to do something that I have always wanted to do but feared I may not be good enough for. And that something is writing. I decided that I will start where I am. Where I feel comfortable and then move to those other places that I have not yet even imagined possible. Even as I write these posts, my heart is pounding because I fear criticism. However, my desperation at this moment has helped me to throw caution to the wind. What have I to lose anyway? And what if there was really a lot for me to gain? So, I really don’t care anymore if I am judged, criticized, or ridiculed. I am doing this for me. I am doing this because it is long overdue. I have wanted badly to do this, but fear kept me from doing it.
Many of us have a need for approval. I know I personally have struggled with it over the years. That need to be approved by others keeps us from reaching our potential because we are always thinking about what so and so will say. At the point of desperation, none of that matters anymore. That’s where I am right now. And I feel so energized. I may not be the best writer by any standards, but at this very moment, I feel very accomplished.
So, feeling desperate, let that energy guide you to what you know and feel is your potential and purpose. What do you have to lose? You might find that you gain, if nothing else, courage!