Jonese and everybody else that goes through this...
Every time I think of what you are describing--and believe me I go through the very same thing-- I remind myself of the many great people that have accomplished many lifetimes worth of work in their very own lives. I`m talking about, Leonardo DaVinci, Shakespear, Bejamin Franklin, Johnann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Edison, The Wright Brothers, Howard Hughes, Beethoven, Helen Keller, John Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and so very many more.
The one word that I believe should be applied to each of these individuals is DRIVEN. They had a passion that had them wanting to do nothing more than work on their interests. You have to find a way to be able to make your interests drive your life and your life should reflect and be driven by your interests.
I also keep in mind that often this is done at the expense of family and friends. One`s passion, although capable of exploiting the genius hidden within each of us, also must be carefully bridled lest we forget the things in life that are most important to us all. I think that you will find that many of the great names mentioned above have some significant sacrifice in the areas regarding personal social relationships and that they may have forgone many of the joys in life that most would agree are the keys to true happiness. Notably they are love, family, friends,and the opportunity to pass along the joys that you have experienced throughout your life.
You have a balance. Find that position that has you comfortably moving forward and you will find that you do not have to sacrifice the simple joys in life to become successful.
Your challenge is one that is universal. My business before what I do now was holistic professional organizing. I hear this comment constantly from people both in the home and business arena.
Here are a few suggestions that just might help you get "unstuck".
First off take a look at yourself and determine if you are trying to be a perfectionist. By that I me do all the planets have to be aligned just perfectly before you can get started? This is a crucial part of things because I can almost guarantee that the "perfect amount of time, or perfect circumstance" will never happen. In our busy lives we need to just grab small blocks of time and plow on forward.
Perfectionism is the number one leading cause of Procrastination!
We get that all or nothing thing going and since it can`t be perfect we just do nothing!
Next I suggest that you carve out a piece of time and sit down to write out what it is that you don`t want in your life. Give this some real thought. Once you have that done then write out another list of what you do want in your life. It is amazing to me that most people spend more time planning a week`s vacation then planning out what they want in their life.
Next be aware of your self-talk. This will take some work in the beginning. However it will amaze you just how very often you will find yourself telling yourself all of the reasons that whatever won`t work, or how your too busy, or sometimes even how you are not smart enough to get the job done. When you hear yourself going into these negative thoughts or when your mind goes to what you don`t want in your life you must actually interrupt yourself and replace the thought with a good powerful thought that reminds you of what you do want!
Wow, I could go on and on however I will stop hear in hope that this has helped you see things a little differently.
I wish you the best of all possibilities!
one thing to say . . . welcome to my world.
I too, asked the same type of thing a while ago.
when you figure it out . . . let me know how you did it!!