I remember when I was trying to learn how to drive a car with a manual transmission. I was 21 and the only car on the car dealer’s lot that I could afford was a bright green Datsun B-210. There was only one problem: I didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. I’m sure the salesman was cringing and clinging for dear life as I was grinding the gears and popping the clutch too soon, causing the car to stall.
Eventually, I got the hang of it enough to drive it off the lot. I quickly learned that there’s a trick to knowing when you need to shift: You need to listen. When the engine “revs”, it’s time to shift to the next gear.
The same can be applied to making an upward shift in your life. You need to listen for the signs. You’ll feel it in your heart first. It may appear as restlessness. You may feel impatient with yourself and others. What you don’t realize is that you’re being pulled away from where you are to where you’re supposed to be.
The problem is, where you’re supposed to be isn’t always apparent and it may take some time. So what do you do? You need to get ready to shift!
1) Meditate, pray, and journal. Tune out the noise and tune into the messages from above. I also drum for added clarity.
2) Read books and articles and attend workshops that will help you grow.
3) Expect that a shift is coming. Change starts with a decision. Once you decide, you’ll soon replace worry with wonder, as things begin to line up.
4) Hang around positive, successful people! In drumming, it’s called “entrainment.” You will be automatically pulled into their rhythm. Keep following their beat!
5) Update your resume, your website, your social media profiles, and your profile photos. Make it easy for people to find you and to contact you and to see what you’re all about.
If you truly want to succeed, you need to be ready and willing to shift. When you get to those tough hills, here’s another tip: Keep it in gear, don’t roll back, and when the light turns green, hit the gas!
Have you made a shift recently? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Dori “the Drum Chick” Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and owns Rock the Next Stage and Next Stage Drumming. She’s a drum healer, percussionist, a high-energy and entertaining speaker, and best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. If you’d like to know more about how therapeutic drumming works, how Dori chucked it all and started her business with $40, or to book Dori for drumming or speaking, click here.