We have an extra hour of daylight these days. Flowers are starting to bloom on the trees and shrubs. Spring officially begins in a few days. Easter Sunday almost here. There are so many reasons to feel energized and excited. What are you ready to do with this time? What new adventure is calling you?
Where does your staircase lead? What do you want next in your life? What goals are you setting physically, professionally, personally?
No one ever has said success at anything is easy; it requires long-term hard work. But imagine making whatever you dream come true. It will be completely worth it.
“Yes, You Can Quit Your Job!”
There is no greater feeling on this planet than to be able to have a conversation with one of my dear clients to reassure them that they’re in a position to chase their dreams.
The other day, a client called me and explained that she was frustrated with her job and felt like she was missing out on time with her young children. Not only that, but she also had a dream of pursuing a business and knew she’d be successful if she could only be free of the ties that bound her in her current job. I could sense the uncertainty over taking the leap of faith and she wanted to be sure she would not be jeopardizing the financial security of her family.
But here’s the thing…this lady was prepared to take the risk, she just didn’t know it. She had made sound financial decisions her entire life. She had saved enough cash to support her during the transition, she carried little debt and wasn’t a slave to crazy monthly payments, she had thought about the decision to quit her job from multiple angles and even had a fallback plan, and most importantly, she had faith that God would always take care of her.
I crunched some numbers and was able to tell her with reasonable confidence that she could make it work – and she will likely do just that! You see, there’s a right way and a wrong way to start a new business and, thankfully, I’m excited to join her on the ride to pursuing her new endeavors.
If you need help chasing your dreams or starting a new business, let me know! I’d love to help. And thanks for sharing with anyone you know who may be on this path…
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It’s Friday – Enjoy your weekend! But first….
4 Tips on Finding Your Path and Purpose in Life
I remember an adult once telling me when I was young that I needed to try different things in order to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I remember thinking, “How could I possibly just fall into something I love by chance? Into something I’m meant to become? Is it perhaps a bit more predestined than that?”
I’m certain it’s normal to search for meaning and purpose. It is, after all, our nature as human beings. I was reminded this morning of an uber-successful millennial who struck it rich with a tech startup and become an instant billionaire, only to reach age 30 and realize no one cared about him and he was doing something that left him empty. The point is that everyone wants perfection. Everyone wants financial stability. Everyone wants productivity and some degree of a routine. Everyone wants certainty. Everyone wants to give love and to be loved. The reality is that these things just don’t exist because the perfect version of yourself is constantly changing as you learn and grow! As you expand, your goals expand with you.
Isn’t the search, perhaps, less about attaining the perfect life and more about finding the perfect path?
The Perfection Competition
As you browse through Facebook and Instagram you will see updates and posts of what other people are doing and accomplishing. For me, this has led at times to feelings of jealousy or thoughts that perhaps I’m not accomplishing enough or getting enough out of life. I’ve realized that, when I set concrete goals for myself that are followed-up by smaller goals that help me achieve the big ones, I become more confident. I feel more productive. I feel like I’m on the right path for me. All of a sudden, I can’t identify as much with someone else’s’ perfect life and I feel more fulfilled with my own. So, I’ll ask you, what are your goals for yourself?
Learn the Signs of Misdirection
Feeling uncertain about your life, your goals, or your purpose is all normal. But what’s not normal is to feel uncertain every minute of every day. If that’s going on, I can say with complete certainty you’re not on the right path. Red flags and alarm bells should be going off all over the place for you right now! Instead, try to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings so you can be prepared to take action. Begin briefly journaling those feelings along with your ideas for what may be causing them. What is the root of it all?
Ask for Help
I know for a fact that I am my own worst enemy. But I have to stop and remind myself that, many times, I’m doing better than I think I am. Thankfully, in my case, I have two trusted people who remind me of that. I can be open and honest with them and they will give me a candid opinion of what I should consider changing. Everyone needs someone in their life that won’t just tell them what they want to hear. Do you have someone like this?
Purpose is Divine
I am a Christian and it’s taken me 33 years to realize that, when I focus on anything other than my faith and God’s will for my life, I grow unhappy, worried and frustrated. We all have talents. We all have a reason for being here. So instead of trying to figure it out for yourself, try praying about it. Now that I finally feel like I know what path I’m on, I pray daily that God will give me eyes to see Him, ears to hear Him, a hunger to do His will in my life, and that He will help me with each step along my path. For me, He has been faithful and helped me realize that I can’t do this alone. He has called me to be greater and, because of this, he has blessed me with purpose and passion! So are you praying regularly for purpose?
It’s not considered work if you love what you do for a living, but could you actually make the something you love into a career? There are many career options out there, some you’ve thought of and some that are so bizarre might not have crossed your mind. There’s always a rising star popping up in the media, there’s always a new best-selling author, there’s even a guy who sells snow! The possibilities are endless as far as how you can make money and more importantly how you can turn your dream into a career. How exactly do you go about doing so? Use these tips to get started.
1.) Educate yourself: If you want to work in a particular field, you have to know it inside and out. Research what it takes to make it in your chosen profession, take necessary classes, or even find a mentor whose walked the same path and found success at the end of it. Educating yourself on everything involved in your dream will bring you closer to seeing it unfold before your eyes.
2.) Make goals: Once you’re aware of how to go about obtaining a position in your career choice, you can begin planning the necessary steps that’ll take you from where you are now to where you see yourself in the future. Setting goals not only pushes you through the journey, but allows you to see your accomplishments along the way.
3.) Work hard: As important as it is to set goals, there will be no progress if you don’t reach them. Put forth your best effort in any free time you can manage so you can achieve each goal and move on to the next one.
4.) Don’t make up excuses: Doubt will visit you without an invitation; it will lead you down a trail of thoughts which will have you questioning your worth, your talent, and your time spent. This is an inevitable factor. What is in your power is whether or not you let doubt consume you, and if you don’t want your hard work to go to waste, don’t allow it to stay. Maintain confidence, remain focused, and keep telling yourself you’re almost there.
5.) Don’t let failure stop you: Not everyone has an insane amount of luck to succeed on the first try. If you do, that’s great, but for the rest of us who have to face rejection, we must understand that it’s okay to fail. One or even multiple failures does not set you up for a lifetime of failing. You don’t stay on the ground when you fall, you get back up, brush yourself off, and keep going. So don’t give up; keep moving forward.
Do you feel like you just aren’t getting enough done? Watch my 4 part series on “Seeing Better Results”. I would love to hear your feedback. Check back this Wednesday for Part 2.