I’m not your hope dealer.
One of my biggest pet peeves in the personal development world is inspirational leaders selling people on the idea of following their dreams… and then leaving those people hanging without the skills or tools to follow through.
It’s not enough to want it.
It’s not enough to be amazing at your work.
It’s not enough to show up.
Following your dreams takes clarity, confidence, courage, and commitment! Are you ready to take the leap? Here’s some questions to ask yourself to decide.
When not to follow your dreams
…when you’re bored
Boredom may be a sign that you’re meant for greater things but don’t up and quit your job just because you’re bored.
Instead, explore why you are bored. Do you need more challenge? Do you need more autonomy? Do you need more variety? Answer these questions before you jump.
…when you’re burned out
Burnout happens for a variety of reasons, from working for an overbearing boss to a mismatch in work values.
What are the reasons you’re burned out? Are you clear on your work values? What are your workplace preferences? Here’s an assessment that will provide clarity!
…when you’re overworked
Being overworked is about how you work, not where you work or what you do. At least, most of the time anyway.
Can you maximize your productivity? Are you good at staying organized? Are you a pushover? Do you set appropriate boundaries at work? Work on building these skills to enjoy work more- whatever work you do.
…when you’re underpaid
When asked for their salary requirements, most people low-ball their desired salary and, guess what, they get what they asked for. When it comes time for their annual performance review, most people cross their fingers and hope for a raise. Changing jobs won’t necessarily get you the pay you want.
Whatever your job- working for someone else or working for yourself- you have to know your value and ask for what you’re worth! Trust me, this is a skill worth mastering and it will pay off the rest of your life. Work with me to get a raise!
…when you don’t have a plan
Are you good at figuring things out? Good for you! But are you really prepared to follow your dreams?
What’s the first step? And the next? And the next? Who will support you? How will you set yourself up for success? What will you when you get stuck?
You may need to hire a coach to get started.
…when you think you should be able to do it alone
You’re smart. You’re resourceful. You’re educated. You SHOULD be able to do this, but what if you can’t? What if- gasp!- you’re like 100% of the rest of the world and you need support, encouragement, accountability, strategy, and help?
Don’t be afraid to take classes, join a mastermind group, find a mentor, or hire a coach.
Are you ready to follow your dreams? Go ahead and jump!