Answering The Call of the Wild In Your Own Life
If you wait for the right opportunity to occur in front of you, you will miss the opportunities happening around you.
Each day seemed longer than the last, and the last seemed an eternity.
The wild in me was calling for me to migrate, to escape the turmoil that was boiling inside me and around me.
Somewhere, anywhere but here.
The curious thing was that I was both captor and captive.
Each day I paced the boundaries of my cage: Walking tirelessly along the confines, blindly, mechanically picking my way along a thin, muddy trail formed from years of walking the same way and going the same direction, pausing occasionally to growl and sometimes roar, the onlookers joyously applauding, their curiosity sated.
I had to get away: I had to run to experience what I imagined it would be like in this panacea, this ideal kingdom which I carried in my mind’s eye where life was grand and everyone treated me as though I belonged, where I could do whatever I wanted and still be successful.
All the while I was plotting to leave, the tamed in me was reluctantly happy to keep working at a low paying job with no future benefits, as long as it was constant and secure. It was so easy to talk about the changes I would make …if only.
But sometimes, easy gets hard.
I became moody and complacent. My relationships with both family and friends became tense and strained to the point where I couldn’t talk to them without snapping, and they didn’t want to be around me and nor I them.
My self created cage was closing in around me.
While I knew I had to break free; I didn’t know in which direction to run. The idea of a new life somewhere else was pulling me in many directions, I just couldn’t make up my mind on a final decision, so I simply paced, growing increasingly irritable and insatiatable day by day.
Then one day, right after my 19th birthday, as I was driving to work, it all clicked together, and a break in the fence crept into my subconscious. I was listening to my passenger tell of how she hated her job and what she would do if she only had the 15 years she had wasted back. She would be a geologist. She would explore the earth. She would discover new rocks and do something important. Whatever she did, she said, she would make sure that it was doing something that she wanted to do, rather than something she felt she had to do.
That thought sat with me, and I mulled it over and over in my mind. “What do I want to do with my life?” I kept asking myself. “What do I want to do? What?” Then by lunchtime, I knew that it was time for me to do something... anything. I didn’t want to mark time with my life any longer; I simply had to do something. So, getting permission to take the rest of the day off, I marched down to the recruiting centre and joined the Canadian Forces, throwing the door to my cage wide open, my old habits abandoned. I could now travel; I could now do something with my life that had meaning.
The simple act of taking action changed everything.
I felt bolder, I walked taller and I felt more confident. No longer was I a prisoner to myself. I realized that I had the key all along, and was either afraid to use it or afraid of the consequences that freedom would bring.
I had chosen to set myself free.
Do you sometimes feel caged in?
Does your mind sometimes wander to what you could be instead of what or where you are now?
You want to break free! You want to create more success, and you want to make your life mean something more than it is today.
To break out of your comfort cage, you must:
- Determine who you will be by writing a clear, detailed vision.
- Align with that vision and act as if you already possessed the qualities you described.
- Make a plan of how you will create your results, and…
- Take immediate action.
This week, if you feel like you are simply pacing an all too familiar route, and you desire to break free into the wild of your potential, you must decide to break the cycle by deciding to and doing something that is outside your current grouping of habits. By cracking the false foundation of your fears, and daring to use more of the potential that is within you, you are in effect freeing yourself to become what you choose to be.
Now, release yourself and answer the call. We need you to be brave.
Go and make an Impact.
A Bit about me...
My vision is quite simple: to make an impact on the lives of the people who have been entrusted to me: You (for reading this article), my family and my clients.
I coach people. Direct, practical, innovative, meaningful.
I coach for excellence.
I love what I do... and so do my clients.
Over the years I've noticed that business coaching that was supposed to make us stronger actually took away our confidence and made us doubt ourselves. Confidence and people skills aren't developed just by measuring and planning everything, they grow through doing and learning from experience and by taking risks. People want to make a difference. Build teams. Be better understood. Live more confidently.
I founded IBC Impact Business Communication Inc. to create a world where business people communicate and act with confidence to create better worlds for themselves. Worlds where they feel powerful and free to express themselves. Worlds where something as simple as conversation creates energy, understanding and impact. Worlds so exquisite, I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
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