“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the one’s you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore, dream, discover” – Mark Twain
The terrible atrocities around the world this week have given me a big kick up the backside about going for things and achieving my goals. I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve wanted to do and places I’ve wanted to visit. For too long I’ve said far too often I’ll do it in later or maybe another time, well I’m going to take the bull by the horns and start ticking things off my Life Goals.
I have friends and ex colleagues that regularly complain about their jobs and career choices but when I challenge them on this they always have an excuse. Most people fear change, hey I’m one those people but I have learnt to overcome those fears that I have had in the past. Whether it’s the fear of making a mistake at leaving your friends and colleagues or getting out of your comfort zone into a whole new career.
I was unhappy in my career and when I chose to make that change I was terrified, I was a single-parent and had a mortgage and bills to pay, but it worked out extremely well for me. When I chose to change my career and become self- employed, I left a good job with a pension and excellent benefits. However I knew that the decision that I had made was the right one for me and I’ve never regretted it. Yes the fear flies have swarmed around me on many occasions but I have always and continue to believe in myself.
One of the things that preventing us in achieving our dreams is ourselves, they can literally get in our own way! This is because humans are excellent at telling themselves why they cannot do things. Our subconscious voice will make up as many excuses for us as possible and it does this as a form of self-preservation so we don’t feel bad about ourselves. What we need to do is to recognise these excuses for exactly what they are: ‘barriers to our success’. If we believe them, we will give up trying rather than addressing them and overcoming them in order to be successful.
It’s now time to start looking forward into the future, clarify exactly what you want and how you want your career and life to be.
You don’t want to look back at what you could and should have done in your career and life.
Start taking the actions NOW to achieve the career you really want.