Inspire-Rational: Turning Your Dreams Into RealityPosted: 19th of August 2015 by
Do you have a dream? Do you have a dream of where you want to be in 5, 10, or even 20 years’ time? Perhaps your dream centres around a particular lifestyle or career? Whether your dream is directly related to work, or if it is all about having a beautiful home, fancy car, or whatever else your heart desires, your work will play a part. You can’t have the luxury home without the money for it, so the idea of waking up each day to go to your dream job is an appealing one – why slog your way through the day when you can relish every moment? This may seem like nothing more than a fantasy, but there are plenty of people who do love their jobs, people who are doing exactly what they dreamed of, and they didn’t get there by accident. So how did they manage it?
If you don’t know what you want to do, you might want to try brainstorming a ‘career list’ (see yesterday’s blog, here), but once you are settled on a destination the next job is tracing a route to get there.
This route will very much depend on what it is you want to do. Some goals will require a certain set of qualifications that you will need to work towards, while others may need a certain amount of extra effort or even a dose of good fortune. A careers advisor may be able to help you to trace the path you need to take to attain the right qualifications, or you may wish to look at apprenticeships to see if there are any opportunities there.
While it is worth thinking rationally and making sure your goals are in line with reality, this doesn’t mean that you should dismiss your dreams entirely. They may seem unlikely, but unlikely is not impossible. There has to be someone getting the parts in Hollywood blockbusters, or heading up a top company, so why shouldn’t it be you?
If you need some extra inspiration, why not head to the book shop or library and get the biography or autobiography of someone you admire who has already achieved what you hope to. You can use them as your mentor – learning from their mistakes and using their successes to fuel your own.
Will you make it to your goal? Probably not at the first time of trying, but then your mentor probably took a few falls first too – even if they were dubbed an ‘overnight success.’ You truly can make your own luck through hard work. The trick is to stop dreaming and actually do something about it.
There are those who never dream, and there are those who only dream. You need to not only think of your future, but you need to get on and do something about it too. Where do you want to be? Who do you want to be? And what do you want to be doing?
If you can even begin to answer these questions you can start making moves and changes to becoming just that – no excuses!
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