If there is something you have always wanted to do – maybe you wanted to get into art or designing or something completely different to what you are doing right now – then it is time to take steps to follow your dream.
Are you feeling bored or restless with your life? Maybe your job is driving you crazy, or you love what you do, but feel you never have time for anything else.
It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting to be financially secure, and working hard to ensure this that we forget to make time for the things we love. If there is something you have always wanted to do – maybe you wanted to get into art or designing or something completely different to what it is you are doing right now – then it is time to take steps to follow your dream. It doesn’t mean you have to risk everything or give anything up. Here are some steps to help you on your way:
Just do it.
The most important thing you need to remember is not to second-guess yourself. Just do it. If you’ve had a dream and it’s impacting how you feel in your life and in your job, then it is time to take the plunge and give it real try.
Wondering “what if” will be a lot harder to live with than knowing that you tried, even if you failed. Life is a lot shorter than we realise and there is no time to waste opportunities.
Printing out a list of everything you’ve wanted to do, and keeping this somewhere around your home to help motivate you and spur you into action, is the first step you need to take.
Be committed 100%.
If you’ve decided to change careers, or go back to studying, or whatever it is that following your dream entails, then make sure to give it your all. You may only have one chance, so it is essential you make the most of it.
This might mean saving up money so you can take unpaid leave, or even quit your job while you pursue your other interests.
If it really is financially impossible, set up a savings account for you to start putting money aside, and take leave in a year’s time. Knowing you will soon be following your dream, even if it’s not straight away, will give you a sense of direction and purpose.
If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, or you want to open a café or get into designing: then take the steps necessary to ensure that when you do finally take the time to follow your dream, you have a greater chance at success.
Studying will mean you can meet like-minded individuals; you can connect with your tutors; get advice; and improve your skills and knowledge.
Some courses can be quite expensive but you need to weigh up whether the investment is worth it. It might also be time to call on those to whom you have lent money to finally pay you back. You can look into using a debt collection agency if they suddenly become evasive.
Find Another Job.
If your manager truly values your work and cares about your future with the company, they will try their best to accommodate you and understand why you are wanting to cut back on hours or take some time off.
If this is not an option, then the company does not have your best interests in mind. Do you really want to continue working for them? Look into different jobs – maybe something part-time – that you can line up to work on while you pursue your change in career.
Have a Timeline.
You will feel less guilty or irresponsible if you have a timeline in place for how long you are allowed to try and achieve your dream.
Make sure that this timeline is more than just a date in the near future – buy a wall planner and determine each month what it is you need to do, or what you should have learnt or achieved.
This will mean that, by the time that end-date comes around, you don’t even have to worry about it – you will be on track to making your dream a reality!