Do you dare to dream or are you working for a living? This is the time of year when we are all feverishly making our New Year’s resolutions or what I call the biggest to-do list of the year. Yet, what are the odds of success? Usually it is natural to decide that this is the year that you will make the big changes and create the life you’re destined to live.
Before you embark on this path, let’s review your past history. Have you made New Year’s resolutions before? If so, then how many have you kept? If you’re like most people, it’s just another way to validate why your life and career aren’t working or living up to your expectations.
Let’s review these expectations. Where do they come from? Do you decide how you will rate your progress or is it defined by how you compare yourself to others? Are you satisfied with the standards by which you measure yourself, or are you ready to take a look if this is really working for you? If you are willing to peek under the hood, let’s explore how you can easily shift your focus to tune into your true vision.
When I was growing up, my father called me a “dreamer.” Yet, without our dreams, how can we even get clear about what we truly want? Take a stroll down memory lane and begin to remember when you were about 8 or 9 years old.
- What were you involved with?
- What captured your interest? Your imagination?
- List the activities you enjoyed.
- Any similarities or differences from your later years? Sometimes our early years may reveal your true interests without censorship or comparison to others.
- Pay attention to your observations or insights.
If you’ve strayed away from your earlier interests and just fell into the work you’re doing, this could be the reason you’re no longer satisfied with your progress. If that’s the case, even if you reach the pinnacle of your career and appear extremely successful to others, you still may not be happy. In my book, 3 Brains for Success, I explain the model I developed for success and happiness. It all starts with clarity. Once you have clarity about where you’re headed, you can develop a personal strategic plan and move forward. The key is to start with your true heart’s desires because otherwise you will be working hard and going through the motions but will never become satisfied with your progress.
According to the latest Gallup Well-Being Survey, the highest income earners and senior citizens reported the highest job satisfaction. With age, satisfaction increases. How do you define satisfaction? Does it mean abandoning your childhood dreams and settling to meet your budget? Is there a way you can discover your true heart’s desire and make a plan to slowly transition or integrate it into reality? I’m not advocating quitting your day job or changing careers. I’m just encouraging you to examine your true motives and where you would like to be at the end of your working life. It’s never too late to start.
Take a look at my favorite example of someone who dared to dream, was very clear about her heart’s desires to become a professional singer and astounded the world. Listen below as Susan Boyle sings, “I Dreamed a Dream” as she begins her dream at 47:
Are you ready to discover your dream? Remember, it’s not what they say you are, it’s about what you know you are.
Try a free coaching consultation with Wanda Ropa, your success coach, to get you started and get clear about where you’re going with your career, or with your life so you can develop a strategic plan that really works for you. With clarity, success becomes a natural outcome.
Posted by Wanda Ropa, The Success Coach.