First off can you tell me a little bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Alycia and I work as a life coach. What that means is that I help people figure out what they want to do with their lives but in order to get to that place a lot of my work involves going deep within to address the barriers and fears that get in the way.
When did you realize that your purpose in life was to inspire others to manifest and follow their dreams?
That’s an interesting question because it wasn’t something that just dawned on me. It was through the process of going on my journey of following my dreams that I landed here. When I was quite young I was given the ultimatum of following someone else’s plan for my life or to try and carve out my own. Intuitively I knew that following along with someone else’s agenda didn’t feel right. So I spent a lot of my adult life, from my late teens to my late twenties, figuring out what my dream was and learning how to follow it. There wasn’t a definitive moment it just sorta came from me stepping towards my dream one step at a time.
Why do you think people are commonly cautious with going with their gut?
There are two answers to this question: It is not encouraged by our environment or culture. We are constantly bombarded by messages telling us to pay attention more to our external world than our internal one.
And secondly I think deep down we are afraid of taking responsibility for our own lives which is what trusting your gut is all about :)
Why is it important for people to follow their dreams?
Again for two reasons... By following your dreams you are able to give back to the world. You’re here to change the world by following what lights you up inside. Being in that state of wonder is the best contribution you can make to the collective consciousness.
Following your dreams allows you to also confirm your self-worth. There is no better confidence booster than taking action on a dream. It is the only way to create real confidence.
Who or what inspires you?
What : nature because of its resilience, constant giving and unconditional love.
Who : Anyone who is willing to take a risk in their life and challenge the status quo. Those people are my hero’s and the types of people that I like to surround myself with.
Do you believe everyone has a unique vocation in the world?
Yes I do. I think everyone has a unique perspective on the world, talents and skills and unique combination of interests. I don’t think you can figure it out by taking a test but instead you find it by going inside and facing yourself. First you have to figure out your fears, face them and then clarity comes as a result of that courageous step.
What’s the very first step people should take when reading this and thinking ‘I want to try and follow my dreams too!’?
I would say to uncover your fears! Don't be afraid to look at the dark side of yourself.
First get clear on the fears that are ruling you and stopping you from stepping into your ideal life. For example some common fears are what other people think, fear of looking silly, failure or not having anything to offer.
Then, face those fears by creating small actions steps that will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone. Do the things that you are afraid of doing. It’s in these small action steps that you really start on the journey of following your dreams.