“What you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic within it.” — Goethe
Get up in the morning, go to work, come home, eat dinner, work some more, go to bed, get up in the morning. For some, this is the norm. Today, you are either overworked, overlooked, or out of work. There seems to be no happy in-between. In either situation, there is always the question of how to make all the pieces fit together. You seem to have the money or the time, but never both simultaneously. Having a life outside of work seems impossible when you work 70-80-hour weeks. Enjoying life seems impractical if you are unemployed and on an emotional roller coaster as you look for work.
Let’s look at what you can do about the situation. Whether you are dissatisfied with your current job and want out, you are unemployed, or you are in a rut, you need to get unstuck. You need to a plan. And once you have a plan, you need to work your plan. Travel with me on a journey to your personal success plan.
Do you have any dreams? Often, we call them day dreams. “Someday I will have a house by the seashore, someday I will win the lottery, or someday I will build my own company.” Take a moment to think about what are some of your dreams? You can think about them, or you can write them down. Did you know that people who write things down, have more of a chance of success?
Try to remember what you were passionate about. What turned you on, what did you always want to do? Passion is about strong feelings. Other people can hear it in your voice. It is a feeling that you have when you are motivated to do what you love and get what you want! You will keep trying and trying, even when you get no for an answer. You can’t seem to stop thinking about it. You have difficulty thinking about other things, until you find the satisfaction that you are seeking.
Victor Frankl, an Austrian psychologist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany, made a significant discovery. He was intrigued with the question of what made it possible for some people to survive when most died in the camps. He looked at several factors: health, vitality, family structure, intelligence, and survival skills. He concluded that the single most significant factor was the sense of a future vision. The compelling conviction of those who survived was that they had a mission to perform, some important work left to do. Survivors of POW camps in Vietnam and elsewhere have reported similar experiences. A compelling future-oriented vision is the primary force that kept many of them alive.
What if you could have anything that you wanted? What if you could have a second chance? There is a great exercise that can help you remember your passion. Imagine you are on your deathbed and you are with someone that has the power to grant you your wish to go back and change your life. What would you wish you had done with your life? What would you say? Are there any ideas or goals that you would regret not accomplishing? Write them down.
Goals are overall long-term directions. They are specific, measurable, and obtainable, within a certain time. Now, focus on one of your goals. Imagine accomplishing the goal, what does that picture look like? Hold that image.
My next article will focus on how to hold yourself accountable to achieve your goals.