By Eric Beach
I'm trying my best, just like everyone else. My best looks different from everybody else. It even looks different from what my best used to be! But so does my passion and purpose.
It’s amazing how desperately I hang onto unhealthy things and how ferocious my fear is when faced with hope. What if I don’t deserve it? What if I’m not good enough? What if its beginners luck? What if, from my platform, I leap into irrelevance? What if my dreams are too big?
I catch a glimpse of hope and purpose and immediately fight to disqualify myself, so others won’t. The reality is if your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough.
Anyone who knows me, knows I have no trouble dreaming. But, dreams with out action become paintings on our cave wall. Am I a dreamer sitting on a couch, or a dreamer stepping forth from his cave? Furthermore, if I leave the cave, which dreams do I follow?
From this cave I’ve started no less than 5 businesses, written and filmed several Hollywood blockbusters, mastered the martial arts, gotten in shape, finished an ironman triathlon, started a non-profit, and so much more. But for the most part, those accomplishments have never made it outside my head! I keep them locked inside, left to tear me apart.
My compass needle won’t stop spinning. It keeps me lost in the darkness of my cave. Even if I wanted to step out, I’ve forgotten where the exit is.
Why? Because I’m spinning so many plates. If I move, they’ll all crash down around me. But what if I come at this problem from a new perspective.
All the plates carry on it, a dream, an achievement, a goal, I know that. But, the plates are spinning on something. A pole. What is that pole? A support, an underlying principle that allows the plate to spin.
These poles, these foundations are our core purpose. The pole holds the plate, holds the space between me and the realization of my dreams.
I looked at all my dreams in this way and found a common thread, the composition of the pole. It’s to help others. It’s to lead the immature to maturity. It’s to love, support, and hold the space with those who have been hurt by the forces that gave me my own wounds.
I understand now! So often we spin plates on broken sticks! There is no stability and if we move forward, we will be destroyed along with our dreams. There is no security, only chaos!
Emotional paralysis is spinning plates on splintered sticks.
Our only responsibility is to find our core purpose and live it. It will drive us to the realization of our dreams. Staying grounded in that truth, staying focused on our core purpose, makes failure impossible.
We may never be famous, we may never be important in the eyes of the world. But, we will be happy. We will be fulfilled. We will make a difference.
This year is the year we stop trying and start being.
Find the unifying truth beneath every dream. There you will find the beginnings of your journey. The journey to discovering your core purpose.
Dig well my brothers and sisters.