Everybody wants to ensure they have a solid future of health, happiness, and security. But how do you prepare for your future to get all of that? While there are many things you can, and probably, should do, there's something I think is one of the most important, yet it's probably one of the least considered. You want to make your future bright? Well...follow your dreams.
Every month the ladies at The B Bar host a blog linkup with a specific topic. This is my third time participating and I have to say, I always enjoy the topics they throw out there and it's so fun to read through the other blogs to see the different takes on the same idea.
This month's topic is...
At first, when I saw the topic, I was intrigued by what others would be writing, but didn't think it was a topic to which I'd contribute. I had no particular reason why not, other than I'm currently in the midst of a mind shift as I try to figure out my future, so what could I possibly offer?
But, I thought about it a bit more and realized, that in itself can be beneficial...I'm betting there are quite a few folks out there like me, that are at various stages of their life, but are currently trying to figure out the next step or a new direction.
When thinking about ‘preparing for your future’, several things come to mind. Saving money…eating healthy…working out…paying off debt…etc. While all worthy activities to secure a better future, I couldn’t help but think about something most might not: Nurturing and following a passion.
We all have them, but how many of us actually nurture and chase something that makes our heart sing? Given how many people (myself included) are ’stuck’ in an office job doing something they aren’t passionate about, I’d say the number is low.
You might think your passion isn't something you would want or could do for a living...but, what if it was?
What if you could manifest your love of ‘fill-in-the-blank’ and make it a full time career? Talk about a bright future!
Imagine waking up every morning excited about the day because you love what you do. Some folks have already figured this out and have made it happen in their lives. If that's you, you are my inspiration (wanna be buddies? and since you have this thing already figured out, then go eat a salad and run some sprints!).
Like many of you, I’m currently in a transition period where I’m trying to figure it all out. I have a great job and I work with amazing people at a wonderful company. But, it’s not my passion and it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life. Am I planning to leave tomorrow or in the near future. No. But, leave I will…someday!
Today, however, I’m making plans and laying the groundwork to make that happen. I’m under no illusions that it will happen overnight…it won’t. But, I’m determined to work hard so that it will!
For those of you in similar situations, I thought I’d share a few tips on what I’m doing NOW to make my dreams a reality!
If you’re looking for a new future, these might help you prep for it so you can have the life you have only dreamed of...
Tips for Prepping for a Brighter Future
Listening to Myself
In order to follow my passions, I had to first figure out what those really are and how I could apply those to a possible career.
I’ve been digging deep and keeping an open mind. If you really listen to yourself without the ‘I can’t/shouldn’t do that’ filter, you’ll be amazed at the future you can craft for yourself!
Telling Myself it's Possible
You have to believe in yourself. No matter what you want to do in your life…you have to believe you are capable and deserving.
If you don’t believe in yourself, how can anyone else?
We all love to be around confident people, right? Confidence is merely someone believing in themselves. It’s infectious and engaging! People that are confident are like magnets…everyone wants to be around them (because most people aren’t confident!). Be that person. Work on yourself, learn to like yourself, and believe in yourself.
Not Saying 'if', but Saying 'when'
What we tell ourselves is SO critical for our success.
If you tell yourself that you will fail…guess what…you will. If you tell yourself that you will succeed…guess what…you will. It may not be quite what you were expecting, but if you fail while trying, you still succeed in that you learn from your mistakes so when you try again, you will make it happen.
I do not say ‘if’ my dream career will happen, I only say ‘when’. I don’t know exactly ‘when’ will become a reality, but I won’t allow the narrow window of ‘if’ to come in and screw things up.
Education is power, folks. Money spent on learning new things is always money well spent. We aren’t born knowing everything and if you want to move in a new direction, you better learn more about it.
For some dreams, finding ways to just do what you love is education enough, so just go do it. For others, classes may be a smart way to go. I happen to love taking classes, so over the past year, I’ve spent a decent chunk to learn more about the path I want to take and soaking up as much knowledge as I can. And you know what…it’s working. I can see some changes, I can feel some changes, and it’s only the beginning. I've also made some amazing connections with other like minded folks on the same journey that further fuels my journey.
Planning, Planning, and MORE Planning
I am a planning machine right now! I have lists, goals, and so many ideas floating around in my head. I’m getting it all on paper and thinking it all through. I’m drawing mind maps and working on filling in the gaps.
Remember….”A goal without a plan is just a dream.” I want my dream to become a reality, so getting some plans in place is critical to preparing for my future.
Letting Go of Some Long-Held Beliefs
Without really questioning it, I’ve always assumed that for myself, an office job was the only means to success. I didn’t even consider ‘non-traditional’ options, yet, we live in a world that’s FULL of opportunities both in and outside an office, so why shouldn't I explore that? (I hate being couped up in an office all day, everyday!).
This has been somewhat groundbreaking for me and has opened a lot of doors in my mind, so if you also hold onto a few stubborn beliefs that are holding you back, I encourage you to rethink them and consider letting them go.
So, there we go folks...do you want a future that allows you to follow your dreams and be the real you? Then, my advice is to dig deep, get to know and like yourself, tell yourself that you CAN, learn as much as you can, make plans, and open your mind to new ways of thinking!
Our time on this Earth is borrowed, so why shouldn’t we make the most of it?! Be damned to anyone that tells us we can’t! Your dreams matter and they are valid.
If you’re sitting around waiting for good things to happen to you…you’re going to be waiting a long time. If you want things to happen, YOU have to make them happen!
The best way to prepare for your future….GO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS! (and…yeah…eat your veggies, work out, save some money, and always take your makeup off before you go to sleep!)
Now, before you run off, be sure to grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and be inspired by the words of wisdom from the other lovely bloggers that are sharing their thoughts on this topic...
Meg Biram | Liska Monet | 26 and Not Counting | soak and simmer | Knowing Kelly | Carrie Loves | Alyssa J Freitas | Manifest Yourself | Rae Loves | White Cabana | The Yuppie Files | Little Wild Heart | Life Modifier | The Not Quite Adult | Random Little Faves | Perfect Enough For Us | Always, Anita | Feathers and Stripes | Something Good | The Golden Letter | Leigh Clair | York Avenue | Sequins & Strawberries | Emilie Lima Burke | with love from ellie | rejoyce | Bite My Fashion | White Oak Creative | StyledbyKesha | xo lacey | Whitney Bangel Blog | always craving | Evann Clingan | Turning the Corner...Fearlessly! | IN THE GREY | Beauty and the Pitch | PRBlonde
So, tell me friends...what are YOUR dreams? And, are you actively working on following your dreams and making them a reality? I'd love to hear, so leave me a comment!