Do you have career dreams or wishes that you want to come true, but when you tell people your thoughts they have no idea what you are saying? Or, they
Not everyone will understand what you want to accomplish in your career. Maybe you want a new job but the people in your life tell you to forget about it and just be happy where you are. Or, you want a new career, but you are told it doesn’t make sense or you won’t make enough money. Or, you want to start a business that you have been thinking about for years, and you hear about how no one will visit your establishment.
What do you do when in your heart you know the right next move for your career, but you are not getting the support you need to reach your goal?
Follow These 3 Steps Below.
1. Let Go Of Your Need For Outside Approval
While it would be wonderful for everyone to love your career vision, this is not always possible. Sometimes people tell you something isn’t feasible, but they are not talking about you. Instead, they are talking about themselves. Maybe they were disappointed or hurt when they tried to do something in their career and because it didn’t turn out well for them, they assume the same will happen to you. Not everyone in life will understand you. Not everyone will embrace your ideas. This is only a problem if you listen to the naysayers rather than the champions. One person telling you your idea is no good can derail you even if four people earlier said they loved it.
It doesn’t matter what other people think, only what you think. If you are waiting for other people to applaud your ideas before you can implement them, you may be waiting for a long time. You may think that you need everyone to love what you are doing. While it would be nice to have approval, real approval comes from you and no one else.
2. Map Our Your Career Idea
While you may have doubts that your idea will materialize, you won’t know until you try. No one understands your idea more than you, so get your idea out of your head and down on paper. Ask yourself questions such as “What do I want?” “What do I know?” “What do I need to learn?’ As well as “Why won’t it work and why it will work?” Map out what you will do first, second, third, and so on. You can’t implement something until you can see, so starting seeing it.
3. Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
All goals are reached one step at a time. A slow and steady climb that takes you where you want to go. You take one step that leads to the next step and so on. In addition, your confidence will increase as the steps accumulate. The further you go down the road, the more clearly you will see the finish line. As your confidence grows so will the confidence of the people around you. When they see your progress, they will begin to believe in you. That’s why it’s so important to not let other views and opinions deter you from starting. Needing outside approval doesn’t have to be the main obstacle that keeps you from being happy in your career.
So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!
***Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, is the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that works with Senior Executives, Vice Presidents, and Managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seek to become more productive in their current role. She is the author of “Coach Yourself To A New Career”, “Don’t Blow It! The Right Words For The Right Job” and “How To Feel Great At Work Everyday.” Deborah can be reached at http://www.surpassyourdreams.com or at (631