Sure, you know how important stages are for your JOY, but how do you find the right one for you? Like many things on your Joy journey, it can take time to figure out what is right specifically for you.
To get the best idea for what platforms are out there, do some research on what other people with similar interests are doing. Since you are reading this, you must have access to the wealth of information on the Internet. On your web browser, search for what’s out there. You may be surprised by what opportunities exist that are in line with your JOY. After all, if your Joy is teaching yoga, having face to face sessions isn’t the only way to teach. You can write books, make videos, start a podcast, collaborate with scientists to record health benefits, and so on.
Another great way to find out more is to talk with people with similar dreams. Anyone who is already in your area of JOY has an intimate understanding of its landscape. You can gain a lot of first-hand information about the different stages that exist in your area of Joy. Of course, these people don’t just have to be folks you know; you can reach out to them at local meetups, or simply talk to them online.
Because you are already on your path to joy, you may admire successful people with similar joy. If you cannot get in contact directly with them, following their example can be very helpful to you. If you are a songwriter, you can study the music of your favorite musicians to improve your craft. Or, if you are an athlete, following the example of others in your discipline can be incredibly beneficial. Whenever you are unable to contact someone, watching how they manifested their particular joy can help your joy grow.
Once you figure out a few stages that look interesting to you, go forth and try ‘em out! This can take a long time to do, or not much time at all, depending on the stage. The important thing to remember here is to not be disheartened if things don’t come easy at first. In fact, it might even be a good sign!
Some of the top athletes, comedians, actors, scholars, etc. tell stories of how difficult the beginnings of their careers were. Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team. Beyonce has been booed off stage. Robert De Niro has faced dozens of rejections. But, their persistence is what made them rise above it all. Listen to your heart; if you don’t seem to be good at something at first, but you really want to do it, keep at it! You certainly can achieve all that you want to achieve.
The best stage you can try out is one created completely by yourself. Although many of the established stages out there can be useful for you to pursue, there is nothing that can nurture your joy as much as a stage you create for yourself. Think of unique ways that only you can communicate with your audience, and then try doing it. Remember, no one can be you as well as yourself. Bringing your unique JOY to your unique stage is the ultimate manifestation of your dream.