Got a dream? Pursue it.
Over the Thanksgiving break, I watched “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts. It’s based on the New York Times best-seller by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book chronicles the author’s trip around the globe after a divorce and what she discovered about herself during these travels.
It provided a lot of inspiration, not because I’m going to go and get divorced and travel the world, though. What it did show me is that our minds tend to get clouded with things we believe to be true. We think something is “perfect,” when, in essence, it’s not.
At some point or another, we dream of something more. It hits us that, “Hey, this is not what I want to be doing” or “I don’t want to be doing this any more.” What do you do then? You pursue your dream. Easier said than done? Not really.
1) Start with a plan. This means looking at what you really want to do and write down how you want to get to it.
2) Explore what is out there. One of the main things I did when I was searching for a job a year ago was identify a place where I could really grow. Search Google, talk to friends and colleagues, ask the questions you want answered.
3) Take a risk. When I left my television career for public relations five years ago, I was a little nervous. Would I be able to make the transition? How would I adapt? Many things in life are a risk and I took a big one. Nothing is ever a certainty.
4) Believe in your goals. You may not find success right away, but there is an old adage, “If you believe it, you can achieve it.” You can do anything that you put your mind to. That leads us to…
5) Never give up. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do it or you don’t know what you are doing. You may feel like you are slipping, but grab control of what you want to do. You are ALWAYS in control of the situation.
Remember, it’s never to late to have a life and it’s never to late to change one. GO FOR IT.