Success Insights

career-championNo matter what the situation or circumstances, there is always a part of me that holds on tightly to hope, faith and dreams. One of the things I love most about career coaching is that it gives my clients an opportunity to walk into their field of dreams without any external criticism, objections or negative doubts. It allows them to experience what is yet to come.

Regardless of your career or industry ties, I am sure you hold (deep inside your soul) overlooked, dismissed or forgotten childhood dreams. Maybe it was the naysayers who whispered your dream career didn’t make sense, is not financially worthy or would not make you successful.

I ask you today – are pursuing career satisfaction or career sensibility? If you are in a position to start “dreaming” again, what steps are you willing to take embrace a career rather than just a job?

1) Unlock your treasure chest

The interesting thing of our heartfelt dreams is that we never really let go of them. My brother has built a very successful career in technology, but his true love (besides his daughter) lies with flying airplanes and it has never left him. His favorite hobby is flying model planes, he gets relaxed driving to an airfield and watching planes take off, his favorite outing is to an air and space museum, and he can identify any plane or jet within five minutes.

What is in your treasure chest? Are you holding on to news articles, magazine clippings, books, videos and CD’s that nurture your dreams?

2) Walk in your career dream and touch it

Often, when our dreams appear unreachable, giving up is easy and our dreams stay trapped in a fantasy universe. I personally believe that dreams don’t become a reality until you breathe life into them. Take your dream career to the next level by walking in it – if you have always wanted to be teacher, write down the details.

  • What kind of school or university students do you want to have?
  • How many students are in your class? What subjects are you teaching? What solutions are you bringing to your students?
  • What does a typical day look and feel like? I think you get the idea – get it out of your head and start making it a part of your life.

The more real it becomes to you, there is a greater chance that you will be encouraged to make it “real”.

3) Take the next step

You are not alone. Okay, I am going to be transparent and share with you that I am guilty of locking the greatest dreams and ideas in my treasure chest. Everyday, I have to challenge myself to let those dreams fly – talk about it, put it on paper, map out a plan and make it a reality. About two years ago, I started a mastermind group with other energetic, visionary soloprenuers who want to take success to a whole new level.

I am really learning (through their success and risks) to take greater chances and be bolder in what I dare to imagine and believe about myself and consequently about what others can also achieve in this life.

  • What dreams can you set free to live, breathe and take full residence with you?
  • Can you start off by volunteering to get a feel for it?
  • Can you join a mastermind group to get motivated and keep you accountable?

I declare that the year is not over yet and you can still put aside your deepest fears, walk in faith and start setting your dreams free.

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Abby Locke is an executive resume writer and career transformation coach who helps emerging leaders, executives and professional women to craft compelling career narratives and standout brand profiles.

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