There are usually two jobs people talk about when asked what they do: their actual job and their dream job. They're working at their actual job but for some reason it doesn't align with their dream job. They're a firefighter but really want to be a journalist. Or they're a retail sales associate but truly want to travel speaking at corporate events.
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What's Holding You Back?
What is it that you really want to do but haven't had the guts to do? There could be a number of things holding you back from success. Let's explore some of these in detail:
- Money. If you drop your current obligations and go for your dream job you might be risking your income. Many people choose to have a steady income and a boring job rather than an unstable income and an exciting job. However, I encourage you to think about the actual risk of each job. Is your 9-to-5 job really that stable? Haven't you seen big corporate giants lay off thousands of people over the past few years? Reevaluate the risk of changing jobs and go from there.
- Fear of change. Sometimes just the fear of doing something different can hold us back from our dream job. We have an ambition to do something great, but it is hindered by one or more elements of the job that don't sound that appealing. The quicker we can recognize that change is inevitable, the better. Embrace change, and trust your God-given talents to get you through.
- People. Want to succeed? Want to prosper? Want to do something new and exciting? Well, don't always expect people to encourage you in your pursuits. Sometimes people just want you to do poorly and lose hope. Why? It's probably because at some point in their lives, they've lost hope. Some people just want to pull you down to their level and not see you succeed. Avoid these people. Find good friends that lift you up and want to see you reach high for your dreams. Encouragement from friends will help you start your dream job faster, and will keep you going through the difficult times.
Which of these three things is holding you back? How are you going to overcome these obstacles? Meet us in the comments!
Wait Until The Boat Pulls Up To Shore
While you may have real obstacles that are holding you back, don't simply ignore them and proceed forward. Create a game plan to find ways around them. Carefully think through how you're going to transition into your dream job financially (by following a series of steps), spiritually, and relationally.
Imagine you are standing on the dock of a shore. You see your boat floating by, very inviting, almost as it is calling your name. You judge the speed that the boat is traveling, the length of the boat, and your ability to jump on board. But you have to time it right. If you jump too soon, you might lose your footing and slip into the frigid water. Likewise, if you jump too late, you might be hanging overboard and drag through the cold water.
Wait for the boat to pull up to the shore and slow down! In other words, make sure that your transition into your dream job is gradual and not completely rushed. Find the right balance between promptness and safety.
Feel like you missed the boat? Figure out how to never give up.
Dreams Do Come True – But It Starts With You.
So how do you start your dream job? It starts with you! You have to be determined and ready to venture out into uncharted territory. Make that person in the mirror behave. Don't settle for the ordinary. Be extraordinary!
What have you been able to accomplish because of determination? What dreams do you have left to fulfill? Meet us in the comments!