What dreams did you have as a kid? What happened? Maybe you allowed people to convince you that your dreams weren’t practical. Maybe life got in the way.
When I was in school, my thoughts would drift off to much more creative places. In my head, I was practicing my dance numbers. I attended dancing school in the afternoons and weekends ever since I was 4. Later, I also took singing and guitar lessons. I was an extremely shy kid – until I took the stage. Music was my release and it was also my refuge.
Although I put it on the back burner for many years, the music bug never left me. Now, I play percussion. I also help others include music in their lives. In addition to working with young talent and Christian artists, I also introduce people to the joy of hand drumming. This wasn’t my original vision but God had other plans.
Are you boxing yourself in?
I’ve coached both entrepreneurs and bands and solo artists. It’s interesting how many say they want to move forward and succeed but then they manage to sabotage themselves in some way. Some are thinking so small that they’re boxing themselves in.
If this keeps happening to you, you may need to take a step back and ask yourself:
1) What’s really going on?
2) What are you afraid of?
3) What words or phrases are you hearing in your head?
You’re not what happened to you. You’re not your present circumstances. So, if you’re hearing words like “broke,” “failure,” “injured,” “divorced,” “untalented,” “dumb,” etc., let those go. Be careful with labels. They tend to stick. And they can hold you back.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you’re still trying to figure this out, ask yourself the following:
1) How do others describe you? If you asked your close friends, I bet you’d be pleasantly surprised.
2) What lights you up inside?
3) What are you so passionate about that it makes you cry?
4) Do you know how you want to use your gifts and talents?
Most people do not know the answer to all 4 questions and that’s ok. You only need to start with 1 or 2. Keep in mind that God has plans for you that are bigger than you could possibly imagine.
I never became a Broadway dancer. But when I’m encouraging people with my inspirational talks, doing drumming events, or just having a blast playing percussion on stage, I know that I’m being the “me” that God created me to be.
How about you? What’s your dream? Leave a comment below!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area. She’s the Founder & CEO of Rock the Next Stage, a full-service entertainment company that includes Next Stage Entertainment, and Next Stage Drumming. Dori is also a percussionist, drum therapist, passionate and high-energy speaker, and the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. For bookings or more info, contact Dori here. To snag a complimentary 30-min. strategy session, click here.