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The Very First Thing You Want to Do Now That 2013 Is Here

Have you ever gotten a sign pointing you in a certain direction? Maybe you were trying to decide how to handle a situation and then something caught your attention and you realized exactly what you needed to do?

These signs can literally change the course of our lives — and that’s exactly what happened to me about three years ago. In fact, the sign I saw was an actual sign (pictured to the left) and it was a little nudge from the Universe reassuring me that it was okay for me to quit my job and start The Possibility of Today.

I saw this sign while I was on a business trip in Chicago, which normally is a great city to spend a couple of days in, but on that day I was having one of those “blah days” and feeling less than thrilled to be on the road again.

I had been travelling non-stop and had my fill of airports, taxis and late night room service. It’s not that there was anything specifically wrong with my job, but the feeling that I should be doing something different with my life was continually in the background.

My lack of clarity was frustrating and weighing pretty heavily on me – especially when I was alone on the road.

Although the number of days when I felt uninspired had steadily grown for several years and I knew I was absolutely on the “human hamster wheel,” every time I thought about actually quitting my job, I always decided it was just not the time.

My mind had become a master at recycling the same thoughts over and over again. I am too old to make a career change. I need to be practical. We have bills to pay, a mortgage, car notes, school tuition, childcare, and so many other responsibilities. How on earth could we manage all of it if I quit my job?

I made my way to my hotel and assumed it was going to be an ordinary business trip, but then I looked up to see this sign in my hotel room – reminding me of George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote- “Life is about creating yourself”.

It’s almost unbelievable that this sign would be in my hotel room, isn’t it? That’s why I took a picture with my cell phone. Even to this day, I love looking at this picture because it is a perfect reminder of the moment when everything changed.

I had been feeling so unsettled, wanting to leave my job and there I was, in a random hotel room in Chicago with a sign staring me in the face telling me exactly what I needed to hear. Urging me to take action. I was trying to figure out if the message really was just for me. Maybe every room had the same sign. I had always believed the Universe sent subtle signs and we are often pointed in the right direction, but this one felt too obvious.

However, despite all the questions running through my mind, it was at that exact moment when I felt things shift. Seeing that sign was a moment of clarity because it strengthened what I always wanted to believe – that life really is about creating yourself and I really am supposed to take advantage of my ability to create the life I want to live.

I knew I wasn’t supposed to settle and decide that “it is what it is”. I was not only allowed to rethink what was possible for my life, but that was exactly what I was meant to do.

It was a little less than one year later that I ended up quitting my job and going after what I really wanted. I can honestly say it was one of the scariest and best decisions I ever made.

A New Year Filled With Amazing Possibilities

And, since it’s the beginning of 2013 and a great time to start getting serious about your desires and ambitions, I thought I would share this story in case you are considering making any type of changes in your life.

“Life is About Creating Yourself” is a truth that is meant for all of us and sometimes it helps to hear someone else reassure you that you are absolutely meant to live the life you always dreamed about – and, you are.

One of the most important things I have ever learned was that if you have a feeling that there is something more for you, it’s there for a reason and you’re meant to find your way to whatever it is you really want for your life.

Maybe it relates to your profession or a relationship, or maybe there is something you’ve just always wanted to accomplish. Whatever it is, TODAY is the perfect day to start getting serious about going after it. And, if you’re interested in following the same 7 steps I always follow to accomplish anything, I am putting the finishing touches on my new course and am so excited to be able to share it with you in a couple of weeks.

But, for today, just start rethinking what’s really possible for your life.

The Possibility of Today

1.  Spend some time daydreaming and for just a little while, throw ‘being realistic’ out the window. There is nothing too big or too small. Think about what it is that you really want for your life. What is your ‘something more’?

2.  Write down at least five possibilities. Your list can consist of big things and small things. The only thing that matters is that they are all things you really want for your life. When you think about how you really want to live what specifically is missing?

3.  Pick One and Commit. Now that you have your list, pick one thing and commit to pursuing it. Put together your plan and start leaning in the direction you really want to go. Commit to taking a step everyday -even if it’s just a babystep.

Live Today Better than Yesterday.

Did you like this article? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. If you have any questions or if there’s something I can help with, please feel free to use the contact form or e-mail me directly at (sibyl@possibilityofotoday.com). I always love hearing from you. 

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  1. 1

    Today I was given notice. It was coming and so was not surprised. I was unhappy with the treatment and had pondered about quitting. But I just seperated, had two kids to still raise, rent, car payment, etc. and am terrified. This email was much needed today. I still do not know what direction I should take, but this pushes me to find out.
    Thank you.

    • 2

      Dixie: So glad that you enjoyed the article. I also love the perspective you’re taking about getting notice. I do think that you’re right that sometimes things happen in our life that help us get moving and do what we’ve always wanted to do. Ask yourself questions about what you really want and your best next steps – and the answers will come:)

  2. 3
    Polly Starnes says:

    Being in a sea of change and unknown I have been at a loss for many months now … made some mistakes because of poor judgement – not like me … and I know there are other changes on the way …

    This post is a wonderful place to start — which I will do today (I almost wrote tomorrow).
    This will be printed out and posted in a place where I can see it daily — thus putting me in a place where I get back into the place I need to be — and plan to stay … Thank you so much for this timely post …. Polly Starnes

    • 4

      Polly – So glad that the article came to you at the perfect time. I love when that happend. I am so glad also that you’re starting TODAY:) Here’s to an amazing 2013.

  3. 5

    Thank you! This post has come at a good time for me. I saw a comment earlier to day (or maybe it was yesterday) that sorta pulled me up short. Something about making your life such that you don’t NEED a vacation from it. I realized that my husband has done just that, but I have not. It’s funny…I’ve been feeling major changes coming for quite a few months now, I just don’t now quite what they are, yet. But I have faith that this year is going to be a very good one for both of us…….I will select a first goal tomorrow.

    • 6

      Hi Jeri – Thanks for the comment and for dropping by. I really appreciate it and am so glad you’re going to be selecting a goal and working toward it in 2013. I really do think that’s the way to go:) Here’s to an amazing 2013.

  4. 7

    I have several questions. I’ve made a committment not to complain for 2013, which I started doing October 2012 but as a result of not talking and keeping everything inside me, I’ve lost my hair, have constant splitting headaches, severe weight loss, stomaches as well as panic attacks and meltdowns at work. Co-workers who are close to me are concerned but except for one or two people I can’t tell anyone what’s wrong. How long do can I keep these problems hidden? Next month I’ll be 54 but I look like I’m 84. How long do I keep this anxiety, stress & pressure bottled up inside me?

    I have no living immediate family members except my brother Stephen. I’d love to spend time with him but due to financial and health problems I cannot. Stephen has autism and lives in a group home so he can’t travel to me. He is the only person I love and need to see but fate is keeping us apart.
    Bald & Lonely………

    What now?

    • 8

      Deborah: I am so sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing. Have you tried to talk to a professional about your issues? Sometimes the best thing we can do is work with someone directly that can lay out a plan and help us walk step by step in the right direction. In terms of the no-complaining, if you feel that holding them is really causing you harm, I would also recommend talking to a professional about your experience with that as well. I am not a medical professional so I can’t really give you any advice on the medical conditions you’re experiencing, but I do think if you find the right person, they should be able to help you out. I hope that helps:)

  5. 9

    Loved the story. I think you’re right about picking one thing and comiting to it. We often become clearer about who we are and where we can go by taking some action and getting focussed.

  6. 11
    Benard Mainga says:

    This is very exciting i cant even believe because you have really touched a realitity of a situation that am living i have been having very big problem whenever i want to leave my job no one understands me they all want me to stay but i have never been comfortable am doing my best but i still feel that i have not done to the maximum

    • 12

      Benard – So glad the article came to you at the right time. I think the best advice I can give you is ask yourself questions about what you really want and patiently wait for the answers – they will come:) Thanks for the comment and thanks for dropping by.

  7. 13

    This resonates a lot with me. I quit my job 4 years ago. The sign for me was an itch I felt when doing what I was doing. I was earning good money but things just didn’t feel right. I think the better sign is that hunch.

    I just followed it and things are unfolding awesome!!!

    Thanks Sibyl for sharing your story.

  8. 15

    I don’t believe many realize another significance of the *sign*: “LIFE IS ABOUT CREATING YOURSELF”

    Please allow me…

    The translation of *Sibyl* is: Prophetess, Oracle, Seer, Prophet, Predictor, Soothsayer.

    This helps to explain some of the reason you have given us this *sign* :)

    …Ok…I have a *sign* for you ‘Oh Great Soothsayer’:

    “Uva uvam vivendovaria fit”

    …or

    “one vine becomes the whole vine” or “one grape causes the others to ripen” :)

    …we got have a little *Latin* for 2013 don’t you think??

    I will spend some time day dreaming…write down at least five possibilities…pick one and commit.

    Thank you Sibyl!

    • 16

      :) Rand – Thank you so much for the kind words and the comment. I am so glad that you liked the post and the sign. Definitely spend some time daydreaming – I’d love to hear what you’re committing to for 2013. Here’s to an amazing 2013:) Thanks for dropping by.

  9. 17

    Hi Sibyl,
    Thanks for this very useful information. I feel like its one step further than I am at right…I just don’t know what I want. I am at midlife and have reached many of my initial goals…now I have many responsibilities so its not so easy to just change course…I feel like I could roll up my sleeves and get going if I only knew what it is i want to commit to…help!

    • 18

      Andrea — I have so been in that exact same position you described. It’s actually what this book I am currently working on is all about:) I think the best advice is to just stay committed to looking. That’s what I did. I didn’t have the answers and for so long nothing really felt right, but I continued to search and patiently waited for something to surface. After some time it did and the same thing will happen for you:) Hope that helps. Thanks for the comment and for dropping by.

  10. 19

    Wow, I don’t know why or if it was just meant to be, but stumbling on your website today made me smile. I tend to over think things to a point that I never ‘do’ anything. I made myself sit down and write out 5 goals without thinking. Tough challenge for one who does not operate like that and yet it should not be that difficult. In the end I had a giggle and gave myself permission to enjoy focusing on these. I always felt it had to be a serious thing – and maybe that’s why I never accomplished the things I really wanted to. I am really looking forward to following your site and posts.

    • 20

      Yeah Bonnie:) I love that story. Welcome to the Possibility of Today. I am so glad you found your way here. I think it’s so great that you have this list. I learned it’s so important to dream and lean in the direction of the things you want. So glad you’ve taken the first step…now let’s make something happen:)