Because I want to support YOU to step into whatever is wanting to be birthed from your Purpose, I’ve been thinking a lot about the pre-conditions required to Launch your Purposeful endeavors, or expressions.

A dream or vision is a Big Thing, even if you’re not EXACTLY sure what it is.

Whether it’s fuzzy and abstract, or totally clear and inspired, your dream likely is a product of your Soul pulling you along, wanting you to be on Purpose.

And yet, it’s often overwhelming or challenging to listen to its call, and take steps forward.

You may wonder why the most important things you try to accomplish in life are the hardest. It’s because:

Each time you try to launch something that’s important to you,

if it represents a true dream or a vision,

it stretches your identity and triggers your fears.

And you may think about..

  • quitting, or
  • actually quit or
  • not start at all,

…because the fear creates anxiety and overwhelm and it’s too much. I’ll share more about this over the next few weeks, cause I’ve had my share of these cold sweats and sleepless nights as well.

Let’s get past our fears and limits of our identity, so we can move forward and liberate our next expressions.

Step 1: Be Willing to Be Accountable to Your Dream.

As promised, I’m sharing the Exact Steps to Launch and Liberate Your Own Purposeful Dream (or Vision) over the next few weeks, so you can liberate and anchor your next expression.

These Steps are true whether you’re a veteran entrepreneur, a newbie innovator or an elder dreamer in your third act. And as a part of this series, I’ll be sharing my own steps in the launch of The Golden Thread. This will give you a close-up look at how I’ve learned to manifest my dreams.

I look forward to sharing this process, and my own journey, so you can Launch and Liberate your own purposeful vision.

And here’s a quick real-live conversation with one of my former clients (name changed):

“I’m afraid to even get started,” Nick said.

“What’s that about?” I was curious about his fear.

“I don’t wanna fail. I may not have what it takes to finish this time around, … or even get started. I don’t even know what the next steps are.”

He would’ve kept detailing the dangers of launching if I hadn’t looked him right in the eyes. He knew I saw through his resistance. I felt his fears (you may know these as well)…

  • The middle of the night fears
  • The “I can’t believe I’m doing this” doubts
  • The “They’ll laugh at me when I fail” sweats
  • The “What if I can’t pay my bills” trepidation,

Or even worse:

  • The “What if my spouse/partner leaves me while I’m launching” horror.

I knew what Nick was doing to himself. Replaying those old tapes that keep us small. The ones we keep stuffed in our pockets when we need to drain the courage from our veins so we don’t do something stupid.

We conjure up the most horrible no good very bad day scenarios as we’re imagining what it’s gonna be like when we launch something SO important that we know we MUST do it, regardless.

Even a seasoned entrepreneur like Nick was scared of doing something this important. Maybe you’ve been there too, in one of your own launches.

Why do we do that?

Because living into a purposeful career, or launching a business or scaling a new product or offer that has true meaning is a very different experience than figuring out what you have to do to pay the bills or make lots of money.

We conjure up the most horrible no good very bad day scenarios as we’re imagining what it’s gonna be like when we launch something SO important that we know we MUST do it, regardless.

Even a seasoned entrepreneur like Nick was scared of doing something this important. Maybe you’ve been there too, in one of your own launches.

Why do we do that?

Because living into a purposeful career, or launching a business or scaling a new product or offer that has true meaning is a very different experience than figuring out what you have to do to pay the bills or make lots of money.

When it’s a “gotta do this” moment in life – it’s both inspiring and crazy-making.

When you figure out who you are and what you must bring into the world (and it makes sense financially), there’s no stopping you from succeeding.

GULP. Except those damn beliefs and fears that trip you up. The fears that cause you to decide that your existing life is just fine. No problem. I’ll just keep doing this for another few (or twenty) years.

Except you can’t keep doing it the same old way. You’re literally shriveling up inside when you keep your Purpose bottled. You may think you’re fine, or pretty good at tolerating what’s so.

And you may be torn between a rock and a hard place with two difficult choices. Stepping into the “unknown” of the launch and fears of failure. Or holding back and staying small in your current identity and expression in life.

If you’re still living the status quo life, or not quite mustering the courage to scale your existing purposeful life….

Here’s the scoop. There are EXACTLY 12 Steps to:

Launch and Liberate Your Purposeful Dream (or Vision)

Or at least there are today. Maybe I’ll refine them before I’m done. But for now, this is what I’ve been doing for 30+ years to build the plane while I’m flying it, launch and scale businesses, solve challenging social issues, transform people and communities, and manifest my own dreams. I think I even used these 12 Steps to raise my kids (they were guinea pigs, don’t tell them).

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Be Willing to Be Accountable to Your Dream.

And here are the Small Bold Steps to Step 1.

STEP 1A: Announce your Launch with a Pre-Launch.

Because you don’t have all the details yet, you can’t really launch. And others wouldn’t be ready for your launch even if you were. Tell others of your future vision, hopes and desires (even if it’s a Fuzzy Formulation).

Plan to enlist the support of others, rather than be afraid of their judgment.

Share your vulnerability and fears (yes, all of them).

Imagine that you’re creating your new Soul Support Team. This Soul Support Team will be beside you as you build your Dream or Vision.

As I imagined writing a book, I certainly had ALL the fears that bringing a dream into the world could conjure up:

  • No one will be interested, much less read it
  • I don’t have enough to say that will be useful
  • I’ll be shamed if I can’t finish it
  • Blahblahblah, etc….

So, I made myself do a presentation at a conference on my topic, to test out whether anyone would be interested in the topic. The group of my colleagues who heard my presentation became my BEST supporters!

STEP 1B: Choose your Friends Wisely.

Think carefully WHO your Soul Support Team may be.

Who are people that will nudge you, push you, prod you to WIN the tug-of-war with your Ego when it wants to quit, sabotage or diminish your purposeful Dream or Vision?

You need people who will call and get you out of bed on a Saturday morning to take the run, write the chapter, make the phone call, hold your feet to the fire (metaphorically) and push you to the brink of your fears and catch you when you fall into them.

In the case of my book, I actually participated in a class at Georgetown University, only because I knew I’d never push myself to complete the task that felt so daunting to me in isolation. AND, I enlisted the support of a handful of very close friends to encourage, support, nudge, prod and Congratulate me on the other side! These people have been my godsends (and were some of my interviewees for the book)!

STEP 1C: Create a Job Description for your Support Team.

Create expectations for the 3-10 friends who will circle the wagons when the going gets tough.

Let them know what they can and can’t do in support of holding you accountable.

Do they call you (how often?) to see how it’s going? Do they send you daily affirmations? Do you lunch and pep talk or walk through your to do list? You may have different roles for different team members. Let them know how they can best support you. These roles are critical, and you’ll pay back the favor when it comes to their dreams.

While I had the support of a tight schedule and formal supporters, I encouraged my friends to regularly inquire about my progress and provide encouragement for the journey. I’m the “disciplined” type who doesn’t need encouragement to get things done, so their job was to help me lighten-up and do more self-care.

Each of us has different needs from our supporters. What do you need as you consider moving forward with your Team’s support?

STEP 1D: Provide regular updates. Both to your Support Team AND to your broader community.

Provide formal updates to your Team on the progress to your Vision.

Use email, social media, a casual dinner or a Powerpoint lunch, create an outdoor adventure or send a voice memo… whatever version suits you and your Team so they can be appraised of your progress and hurdles.

Mostly my friends would catch up when they insisted that I spend time with them, as their way of attending to my self-care. Bless their hearts for their encouragement in lessening my load.

STEP 1E: Pick up the phone and call One Friend or Colleague.

Today, right now, without hesitating, who is the first person to come to mind? How will you ask them to support you to Launch & Liberate your Dream or Vision?

BEFORE PROCEEDING: Who did you call? Who would you call?

Step 2: Get Clear on your True Purpose.

You knew that was the point of this, right?

You definitely need a Team to support you to live into your deepest craziest juiciest most alive Wild Beyonder dreams.

Right?

Step #2, coming up next.

Hang with me, we’ve just started. More to come.