A few months ago (literally) I sat on my couch pouting about how I wanted to more aggressively pursue my writing dreams and gain greater traction in the publishing world.
But then I realized (with the help of some trusted friends, and lots of trust and prayer) that if I fail to take a step of faith and actually put myself out there to claim my destiny, then how in the world was I ever going to accomplish my life-long goals?
After mustering some courage, I got rid of the self-doubt and eradicated the self-pity. Then, I started TheCareerPioneer.com blog, began freelance writing for a local magazine, acquired new projects through my copywriting business, and started a new full-time writing gig.
It’s amazing what happens when you start believing in yourself and stop making excuses.
Here are three things that you can do today that will propel you to start living out your career dreams.
1. Banish all excuses.
The economy has taken a hit and so has your self-esteem. You’ve applied to several jobs and have even ventured off on your lonesome to start a small business.
Unfortunately, all avenues leading toward a glimmer of hope for your future, have equally flopped. What you’ve failed to realize is that all hope is not lost. In fact, much has been gained if you simply change your perspective.
Allowing past failures to dictate your future, will only lead to Excuseville. Don’t get caught in this desert town, where everyone’s a zombie waiting for the antidote in order to be rescued from that self-inflicted paralyzation called “excuses.”
2. Dream again.
Let’s face it. This world — full of skeptics and paparazzi — is not cut out for optimists, dreamers and altruists. Thank goodness, some of us still hold out hope for a better tomorrow. I’m glad to say that I join the ranks as one of those folks. And if you’re reading this, then you probably have too.
That being said, don’t give up your dreams. No matter what they are, and no matter how long it takes you to fulfill even an ounce of that dream, keep forging ahead. For those who work hard, have faith and commit to the greater good, what lies around the corner might be exactly what you’ve hoped for all along.
3. Go for it.
If you’ve got nothing to lose, then why NOT go for it? If you have everything to lose, then your dream must be worth pursuing if you’re willing to put it all on the line, right?
Have you ever heard someone say, and perhaps you’ve said it, that they aim to live without regrets? For some time, I’ve avoided making that assertion because, honestly, I’ve felt there were times in my life that I’ve made halfhearted decisions in my career, which later I’ve regret.
Only recently have I been able to commit to truly living a life without regret. But it’s first taken a serious dedication to wholeheartedly go after my dreams.
Sometimes, you’ve got to live your life with abandonment. So long as it’s within the parameters of reason, of course.
Please don’t imitate my above-mentioned scenario, get off the couch and start doing something. Throwing yourself a pity-party will get you nowhere. Trust me.
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About the Author
Emily Brown is the key contributor and creator of TheCareerPioneer.com, a blog that delivers articles and posts about job industry trends; plus motivational, retrospective stories about career exploration and discovering one’s passion. A former business journalist at Bloomberg News, her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and others. Emily lives and works in Washington, DC. She can easily be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to drop her a line to say “hello,” seek advice, suggest an opportunity or story idea, or provide news of your own.