I have this image up on my wall as a daily reminder to work on my dreams and my goals. And the best time to start is NOW. Not a week from now, Monday, or even next month. It doesn’t matter if your goal or dream is to get fit, save money, or start a new business. You can take steps NOW to achieve success.
If you’re feeling like you haven’t yet fulfilled your life’s purpose then it’s time to take steps to get there. Whether that’s a new job, going back to school, or doing volunteer work. Loving what you’re doing just makes life more fulfilling. Why do you think that is? It’s my belief that it has a direct relation to the amount of stress you feel, your happiness, and your contentment.
Contentment. That is key. If you’re not content with where you’re at then it’s hard to be happy and feel fulfilled. Not every day is going to be all sunshine and roses but even those days are going to be fewer than when you’re living the life that is not for you.
Let me tell you a little about how I got to where I am. I used to work a corporate job where I wore many hats and was responsible for much. The expectations were high along with the stress. There were many days where I was frustrated which bled over into my interactions with my co-workers (sorry guys!). It wasn’t who I am. Additionally, I started having serious stomach issues. And I can’t recall the number of times that I cried on the drive home (which was an hour commute one way). I would put feelers out to find a new job. Even applied for a few but never found another that was closer to home that was in the pay range for which I was looking. Even the job search made me unhappy.
Then one evening this idea came to me: quit my job. Yeah, sounds crazy right!? Of course, I couldn’t financially do it right then. Fortunately my husband makes decent money. So the planning began. Pros/Cons lists were created and reviewed. Finances were looked at with a fine-tooth comb. Ideas on how to cut the budget and save money were tossed out and the merits discussed. So many discussions with my husband. I thought we’d never get past that period. But I needed out. And then I thought, I have a lot of skills and abilities. I’m smart and learn quickly. I can totally find a way to work part-time from home and help supplement the household income. At the time I had been doing a lot of reading and found that a lot of books could use a good proofreader. So that’s what I started focusing on: becoming a freelance proofreader.
I’m not going to go into detail about how I got my first clients but I did it all without having a website or any other online presence at all. I found people that were willing to give me a chance and prove that I was capable of doing what was needed for them. And you know what, the proofreading expanded to being a virtual assistant. And I’m loving it. I feel little stress and have never cried because of any job that I’ve taken as a freelancer. There’s a freedom in that. Freedom to know that you control your schedule, not a corporation that could care less whether you have quality time with your family. Freedom to decline clients that don’t mesh with your schedule.
This all didn’t happen overnight. From conceptualization of my idea to work from home and quit my job to when I actually pulled the trigger was six months. But almost every day I did something – research, crunching numbers, weighing the benefits and disadvantages – to make that dream a reality. And I didn’t start out of the gate with a job right away. I had to work at finding that first client. I had to take a risk. I had to be okay with getting a no thanks response and being courteous about it. It takes time but little steps each day will get you to the finish line. Or the starting line, depending how you want to look at it.
How many of you made a new year’s resolution? Did you make many? Did you make a plan to achieve your resolution? Have you take steps to use your plan? If you haven’t, NOW is the time to start. Just start with one step. Add more steps over time. Eventually you’ll find that you’ve covered miles instead of just yards. And you’ll have done it without really noticing just by focusing on one little step at a time.
I’d love to hear about what one dream you have that you are taking action to achieve.