I’ve always known I was destined for more. From a young age, I knew that societal expectations of what I “should” do just didn’t apply to me because I wasn’t going to let them.
Which also probably explains how in less than 20 years I’ve been a preacher, a teacher, a writer, an executive director, and countless other job titles.
I don’t do well not doing the things I want to do, if I’m going to be real honest with you.
And truth be told, I know I’m not the only one like me.
There are so many of us who don’t know how not to do what we want to do, who want only to make a difference. Some of us have it figured out, and are living our dream lives. Others of us are still working our way there, mixing our steps forward with our steps back.
But we’re hardly alone. And to prove it, consider these signs you’re meant for something bigger.
1) You’re terrible at working for other people
The only boss you’re only good at working for is yourself. You just can’t take orders very well, and you have a hard time doing things that don’t matter. Instead, you want freedom, flexibility, the opportunity to pursue the things that are actually important to you. You know that your vision for the future is worth pursuing—and the only way you’ll ever really be happy is if you’re calling the shots, working your way toward that future you’ve envisioned.
2) You procrastinate
It isn’t just that you don’t want to do the work…though there’s also that. It’s just that you’d rather do the work that inspires you.
Sometimes you have to do something to get from point A to point B, though, and that’s where you struggle. Sometimes fear might be what’s holding you back, but other times it might be because you aren’t inspired. Look closely within yourself to see which is the case.
3) You’ve always thought working in a cubicle was beneath you
Even as a kid, you know there was something else out there for you, that you needed a more flexible and free life than the office nine-to-five. And you still feel that way today.
4) Your passion project isn’t about getting paid
In fact, if you could afford it, you’d probably pursue regardless of whether there was any money in it. You also, however, know your value—and that respect comes with charging a fair value for your services.
5) You can’t help it; you’re an idealist
But there are way worse things than being hopeful for a better world, right? What’s so bad about being an idealist?
And, as an added bonus, being an idealist means you see possibilities others can’t see. You’re aware of what the world is capable of, and can’t help but go in search of that ideal.
Don’t ever give up your idealism!
6) Sometimes you just know
Intuition is your friend; learn to trust it, and it will lead you. You know you need to create—trust that! The vision you have for the world is part of your intuition, and listening to what your gut has to say can help get you there, so listen, and listen well.
7) You feel big time
Maybe you’ve been told to ignore your feelings. Don’t! Those feelings are part of your guide forward.
Your feelings are your truth and can help you see who’s there to help and who’s there to hinder. Learn to listen to your feelings and your intuition and you will go far.
8) You get more frustrated by too many ideas than not enough
You’re a visionary, and you can’t help it. But sometimes having so many ideas is it’s own trap—because you have to ignore some of them in order to see others to fruition.
And that’s where your support network comes in handy. Trust those who know you best to help you narrow down which ideas to focus on first, and then move on to the other ideas.
Here’s the thing: We’re all capable of, and meant for, great big things if we allow ourselves to hear the drumbeat of our soul. When we learn to listen to our intuition and feelings, great things can come out of the ether.
And there’s never a perfect time—tweens are just as capable as millenials are just as capable as baby boomers are just as capable as seniors. When you have a vision, embrace it—and live big!