Using Your “Important Work” to Craft a Dream Life

Your “Important Work”

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I was sitting in my cubicle at work this week and this thought popped into my head: What the hell and I doing here?

Maybe the fact that I was coming down with the flu had something to do with it, but probably not much.

Have you ever been in this situation?  Have you sat alone for a moment and wondered why you were doing what you were doing?

If you have, you probably come up with answers like “I have to pay the bills” or “I’ve got to make a living.”

That’s true.  But why not pay the bills and make a living at the same time you’re living the life of your dreams?

A dream life is not necessarily about fast cars, big houses and tons of money.  A dream life is a life of your dreams.  It’s the life you imagine for yourself.  Your dream life is made up of your “important work”–the work you were meant to do.

I don’t know about you, but most of us aren’t living the life we would imagine for ourselves.  Instead, we’re living a “responsible” or “stable” life.

Crafting a Dream Life

I am launching a new movement in 2013!

You can wake up every morning and do the work that you came here to do and make a living at the same time.

You can live a life that invigorates and energizes you.

You can be the lucky one who posts on Facebook: “I love my life/job” (and really mean it)

This movement is all about helping you to identify your “important work” and then to blend that with the life you imagine for yourself.

This movement is about your life. It’s about creating momentum.  In order to do that, you need community and support.  That’s where the TSA blog and community comes in.

I’m creating a brand new over-the-top freebie to give away on the website and I would like your input.  The sky is the limit.

Will you take a second and share your thoughts on these 3 questions in the comments below:

1. What Do You Wanna Know?
Tell me what would allow you to look at your chief obstacle and say, “Gosh, if I could just overcome that, my life would be completely different”?

2. What Has Changed You Most Significantly?
What book/audio program/TV program or Movie has had the most impact in your life?

Tell me about how it impacted your life.

3. What Would You Share?
My big goal for you is to reach more people with the work that you find most powerful and compelling.  I want to continue to build a community that supports and connects you in an empowering way.

This is the most important question I have for you: What insights or resources have you shared with friends/colleagues that made the biggest difference in their lives?

What have they said is most valuable?  What has been most important in what you have shared?

I can’t wait to hear about your experiences.

Be sure to keep your eyes open for some great opportunities to get in on the ground floor of what I’m creating for next year. (I’ll be looking for some test groups to go through the program I’m developing, and I hope you’ll take advantage of that)

Over to you…

About Steve

Hi, I'm Steve Rice and my goal is to transform simple philosophical truths into practical fuel to revolutionize your life. It's not about self-help, it's about self-reliance. I show you how. Connect with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and let me know how I can help you.

  • Adrienne

    Steve, Steve, Steve… Man, you’re talking about who I use to be. Those are the questions I use to ask myself five years ago.

    People would have told me I was crazy back then if I had shared with them that I just wanted to quit my job and do something that I love. What that was still escaped me at the time but when my job downsized and I was let go it was celebration time. Oh yeah, I did a happy dance and never looked back.

    I get up every single morning and thank God for another day. I think God that I’m doing what I love and working at home supporting myself. Never in a million years would I have thought this was possible five years ago but I did it anyway.

    I don’t suggest people quitting their jobs now but since I was let go and I was given severance pay, and quite a bit I might add, I went for it. I also don’t have hardly any expenses since I own my home and my car. It was a much easier start for me and I’m just glad I took that chance.

    Trust me, it’s SO worth it.


    • You’re always so encouraging to me, Adrienne. I appreciate you!

      I can really relate to what you said about wanting to quit your job and do something you love…even though you didn’t know what it was at the time.

      I think that’s where a lot of us get stuck. We’re afraid to move forward because we don’t know all the “what’s” and “how’s”. We know we’re unhappy, but we don’t know how to move forward.

      It is all about positioning. When you know you have the basics covered (in your case, owning your house and car), then it’s easier to take “the leap”.

      This is all something that I’m thinking a lot about and will be a major portion of the course and program that I’m developing for the beginning of the year. I may pick your brain a bit more between now and then! 🙂

  • For me Steve, it was a book that changed it all around. I’ve been recommending it to everyone! It wasn’t a find of my own though. In fact, I saw the guy on one of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday’s. His name is Michael A. Singer. The book, “The Untethered Soul.” All I can tell you is OMG it was good!!! It changed my entire perception. It totally helped me see my life in a brand new light.

    Although I still haven’t obtained that dream life you’re talking about here, I have a perception of the life I do hold now. I also believe with everything within me that I will reach that dream life one day. Until then, I wake up grateful to have been given another one to see that life to fruition. Maybe it sounds crazy, but the new outlook has shaken me free of the expectations that others held for me, and that I held for myself. I am now about my Father’s business, doing the “important work” that I believe was set in place for my life. In time, He will certainly see to it to make the life that He has for me. If this is it… then so be it, I’m delighted to be doing just this.

    I loved this post man! It helped me in ways that you cannot even imagine. It’s funny, since reading that book, I’ve been coming across just the messages I have been most in need of reading. Thanks for the sharpening, my friend. Totally enjoyed the read. 🙂

    • Hi, Deone! Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. 🙂 Got taken out for a bit by the flu!

      I will definitely put that book on my “to read” list. I knew you had a major shift happening right around the time (or slightly before) your move. I could sense a new focus, determination and vision in you.

      That’s the thing…I think you do have the dream life I’m talking about in this piece. For me a “dream life” is the one that we imagine for ourselves. There’s a difference (to me) between “dream life” and “fantasy life”. One is real, and can always be yours if you take the time to really craft it.

      I am SO glad that you have found yourself freed of the expectations of others. That is real power.

      The “delight” you refer to in being of service, is exactly the right sign that you’re on the right path. I’m so glad that my post was of value to you and encouraged you on your way! 🙂

  • Hi Steve

    Come to your site through Adrienne.
    Interesting you should ask all those questions. Sometimes we take a wrong turn in life, well probably quite a few wrong turns. I look back and wish I had made better choices.

    Then I also wonder if what my purpose to be here really is through this road of troubles, only so that I could understand what I am here for. Does that make sense?
    Example: I worked in a warehouse where people were just getting by from pay check to pay check. If they had something like a tire on their vehicle that needed to be replaced they would run it until it blew. The reason being that they needed to pay the rent on their apartment, buy food for their babies or whatever else came up. They drove without insurance because they just couldn’t afford it. If one of their kids were sick and they had to stay home it set them back further. I would not understand how real working poor actual works if I hadn’t worked along side of it. It has made me extremely compassionate which I know I could never have fathomed without the experience.

    Not sure how this works with what I am here to do. But I have this drive for psychology, trying to figure out why people act the way they do. Maybe it was to deal with self-healing or maybe it is greater than that.

    I am in limbo right now, but hope soon that when I deal with a pressing issue this week and it is behind me, that maybe I can get back into the swing of things. In the meantime I am trying to stay connected to people and build on that. I do believe I have a message to deliver, but not exactly sure what.

    Being reading a lot of self help books that teach you how to believe that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.


    • Hi, Mary! Thanks for stopping by and allow me to apologize for not responding (much) more quickly!

      I absolutely do understand where you’re coming from when you talk about the obstacles you’ve faced informing the journey of getting to where you’re meant to be. Often the resistance shows us the clearer path.

      I also understand the feeling of uncertainty of feeling “in limbo”. Just a few short years ago, I was in the same boat. I knew there was something for me to do in the world, but I wasn’t quite sure what that was. Don’t beat yourself up for being in that place…you’re on the right track because you’re asking questions and you have the presence of mind to stay connected and engaged. Good for you!

      Once you have clarity about what you’re meant to do, it’s easier to go do it! 😛

      That is my goal. My purpose is to help people like you recognize their purpose and then help them make the connection with how that fits in the world through their business/career. Sometimes it’s hard to do one or the other.

      Keep pushing and keep growing. You are definitely on the right track.