Many people came to the realization that their profession just wasn't stacking up to the reality of their day job. Cue the post-pandemic "Great Resignation."
While this is an interesting trend, and whether or not you participated or not, I think pausing to reflect on what your actual dreams are is always a positive exercise. From starting a family to getting the corner office, I'm here to say that no dream is too big for you.
The challenge is, visiting them often and figuring out what they need from you in order to materialize them. No matter how far away you feel from your dreams, I can tell you that you are close. Too often, it's easy to neglect our dreams because we don't know how to attain them. So let's take a minute to show up for them so they will show up for us, too.
The term "dream" can be a little fluffy, so let's make it into something more tangible:
1) Visualize it. Can you actually see yourself living out what you have always dreamed of? Where are you? What is around you? Who are you with? This visualization technique is actually valued by executive coaches who encourage their clients to think about their dream jobs. In addition to that, I would add to look around you and see how showing up for what's in front of you today, will benefit you in the long term - even if it may be a stretch for you to see how they connect.
2) Build Resilience. If we go after our dreams, we will need resilience. If dreams were easy, they would not be dreams but a task on a to-do list. Along the way, you'll face rejection, obstacles, and feel frustrated. You'll definitely get derailed but hold onto what your dream is and what it means to you. Keep going and stand your ground.
3) Perfect your long game. Whatever your dream is, it won't happen overnight. If you can, set a future date and break out some digestible milestones to hit along the way. Cultivate the durability that you'll need to hit your goal. Persevere and practice positive self-talk, celebrating wins when you have them to keep yourself motivated.
Life's too short to not be running like crazy towards your dream. Coming off the pandemic, it can be hard to get energized again. As we come closer to the end of 2021, now's the perfect time to check in: what are your dreams today, and where can they take you tomorrow?
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