Garret Kramer responds to a music business professional who asks for career advice after losing his dream job.
Before I provide the answer, let me impart an understanding of how human beings create their perceptions. Think of the human mind like an elevator: when the elevator moves up towards the penthouse, we are understanding, compassionate, resilient, competitive, loving, but most importantly, for your purposes right now, insightful. As that elevator moves toward the basement, however, we are judgmental, anxious, insecure, egotistical, over-analytical, and insights are impossible to find. So, what I’m getting at, is that our perceptions are created from the inside out, not vice versa. In other words, losing your job has no ability to create your state of mind. Quite the contrary: where the elevator is in the moment will always determine your perception of your circumstances.
Now that this understanding is grasped, how can you use it to benefit your current life situation? The answer is this: Even in your writing I could sense your revved up process of thought. So what you need to immediately is take your foot off the gas pedal (as your tires are stuck in mud). Doing nothing right now, or being still, is the only way for that elevator to rise to a perspective where insight and answers will become obvious.
At first glance, it may look like I have not directly answered your question. Yet the worst thing I could do would be to provide you with a quick and temporary fix. You are on the right track with your dream of following your passion. Just slow down and allow yourself to get there. Good luck.
Garret Kramer, Author of “StillPower” and founder of Inner Sports, LLC
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