What’s next? What should I do? What do I do now?
How many times in life have you asked yourself those very questions or some semblance thereof?
Even for someone like me, whose very job is to act like I have it all together and know all every day, those questions are commonplace in my thoughts. And I am here to tell you: that is OK.
Life is full of challenges; so full, in fact, that we never stop facing them. You cannot just be weathering a storm and waiting until “someday” to do something or take a leap or gamble. If you do, someday becomes never.
The real questions to ask are: what are your goals? What talents do you bring to the table? If money was no object, what would you want to do with your life? What are the steps you can take daily to head in that direction and still satisfy all of your obligations? Sure, I am a single Dad and I log 70 hours per week in the working world, but it is imperative I take time for my passions of writing, management consulting and networking.
Everything takes investment of quality time, patience and nurturing to watch it grow. A garden does not sprout overnight and Rome was not built in a 24-hour period. Those, for instance, who set out to lose weight or be healthier adopt a process; they follow that process and it leads to results based on following that process.
The reason it is OK to not know necessarily what is next is because we all face that, and there is no set-in-stone-tablets set of rules to follow to take us to our dreams. Sure, people are splattered over big and small screens alike that have made dreams come true, but they are a small sampling of our population. For some, conquering the pop culture world is realization of a dream. For others, the noble life of a family man or woman is that dream.
For some of us, we still have no idea what that dream is.
Take a deep breath and imagine yourself happy. What would it take? Financial obligations aside, what do you want to be working toward?
People define success in so many different ways, but money is not always in that equation. Sure, we have to pay our bills and rent and support our families, but there is always time we can make to follow our dreams. And – who knows – if we apply enough, do enough, and keep sticking ourselves out there, they can come true sooner rather than later.
You will never reach success if you are not walking toward your definition of success – every day, in every way.
We may and will be knocked back 2, 3 and 10 steps every day. As long as the number of steps you take outweigh the ones you lose, you are headed in the right direction. At the end of the day, that is all we can hope for.
If you aspire to something, whatever it is, and your love of that dream is pure, following pursuit of it as best you can is the answer to your questions. It will not be easy, but nothing worth anything is.
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