There’s a reason our dream projects haunt us when we neglect them. Unlike personal obligations to family or partners, or daily requirements for survival like cooking, these visionary callings rise from the soul. Even if we postpone them for years, these dreams insist we remember them, and we cannot forget because they remind us of who we really are.
What dream project are you postponing, or yearning to finish? It doesn’t matter how much or how little you’ve accomplished so far. It matters that the project continues to call you. Answering that call will give you energy, and help you find meaning and satisfaction. The best thing about finishing that project is that this kind of soul work is as satisfying to do as it is to complete.
Here are three creative tools to move forward, and make that long-cherished vision come true:
1. Take the work one step at a time. I know, this seems so basic, and when you’ve been hungry to finish, each step feels so much smaller than the whole you’ve imagined.
TOOL: Create a mindmap or an outline that breaks down your project into short, interconnected pieces. Then tackle them (in any order that pleases you) one at a time. Finish one, start another, and wait until you’ve got a full working “draft” to go back and integrate the parts.
2. Feed your stamina. You’ll prevent burnout, and keep up your interest as you go. You’ll also make more meaningful connections as you move forward, bringing it into the world with more vitality.
TOOL: Celebrate each completed step with a simple, even small reward that reminds you that you accomplished something.
3. Be willing to experiment. Let the project take its natural course, as you go; plan your time, but learn from your experiences as you go. Dream projects are all about surprises, not certainties. What’s the point of taking a risk if you don’t give your soul the freedom to activate the unexpected!?
TOOL: Every week, before you plan your next steps, look back at the week before and assess your progress, always thinking of it as an experiment. Think about the lessons you learned about what worked, and what didn’t work. What did you do that fit with your natural process? What surprised you? What steps did you take that really moved your project forward? Repeat what works, change what doesn’t, and embrace the experiments, new and old week by week.
Everything changes. Why not make room for the project that calls you with the loudest voice, and will not stop calling you? That’s the project that will awaken your spirit of adventure, and satisfaction. That’s the project that will ultimately serve you and the world.
Listen to your calling. Love the story of your life.