I have always seen myself as a doer. I get things done (sometimes even when I don’t really want to do them). Isn’t that a doer?
I also seen myself as a dreamer. I dream to make changes in my life, many of which I have fulfilled. I have also always viewed myself as being practical. I do things that I need to do, like go to work to pay my bills and look after my son, clean (although I don’t like it) and other mundane tasks.
This morning I was listening to my favourite radio show TK in the AM. Due to the time difference between Sydney and New York, I listen to the podcasts about eight hours later. In today’s episode, their guest Shavon Meyers discussed her current projects (short films, photography), how she’s further developing her skills by doing courses (not necessarily degrees) and how while she has a paid job. She’s doing this with the long term plan of having her own company, doing and being paid for what she loves (her element as Sir Ken Robinson calls it).
The discussion turned to being a doer or being a dreamer. A dreamer dreams about what they want to change, but a doer keeps dreaming and takes the steps to make their dreams a reality.
And then the cold reality check sinked in. At the moment, I am just a dreamer. I’m not taking the steps to make my dreams my reality. Having my dreams, but not trying to execute them are going to keep them in my mind and not in my reality.
As mentioned in my previous post At a halt I have invested in a career coach and have transitioned out of the university administration into communications, which really made a difference in my life and happiness. But now I’m at that place of feeling unsatisfied again.
While I enjoy the communications work, I really love talking to people (which in my current role doesn’t happen enough). I LOVE interviewing people. I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell. I think this is why I love documentaries (and particularly ones on people).
Through my original career coaching sessions, I said that in my five year plan that I want to be a communications consultant in Spain (I still don’t fully understand why I chose Spain) and freelancing as a documentary researcher. Now that I have gotten a taste for communications, I think I need to shift the focus slightly. I want to interview people regularly, whether it’s for the camera, on the radio, for print or in preparation for a larger project.
My affirmation — another reason I love TK in the AM, the theme for their Friday show is Affirmation Fridays — I will take the necessary steps to become the doer fulfilling my dreams. I will interview people regularly and love the amazing stories I hear. I will also move back to London in 2015 (that’s a post for another time).
Listen to the episode I needed to hear!