Article written for Fuel50 by Aimee Visser
Do you ever find yourself dreaming about how you would like to make changes to your current role or perhaps your career path in order to increase your feelings of satisfaction and happiness? Have you stopped yourself at the dreaming stage by saying things like “that is impossible” or “that just won’t work, I am being unrealistic”? Why should you stop at career dreams? You can build your dreams into reality by taking time to work on them, flesh them out, and take action to fulfil them!
We believe everyone has the right to have the opportunities to build their dream career, but it doesn’t just happen overnight. You can take control of your career growth and put yourself in the best position possible to advance your career!
Best Selling Author and Dream Builder, Nick Williams, provides some top tips for making your dreams a reality:
- Nurture your ideas, capture them in a journal and review them
often we have great ideas but forget them, so we need to keep reminding ourselves of them. The one that don’t go away are the ones to concentrate on.
- Start making small dreams come true
we often scare ourselves by having goals and ambitions that excite us, but we don’t know how we are ever going to get there. The answer is always to take small steps.
- Surround yourself with fellow dream-builders
if we are surrounded by negative or cynical people, we will find it harder to build our dreams beware of the company you keep. Spend time with supportive and positive people.
- Focus on your gifts and strengths and what comes naturally, and develop them
too often we try to eliminate our weaknesses rather than develop our strengths. Get more comfortable knowing your strengths and what comes naturally to you.
- Take responsibility for your own inspiration
for many of us the words work and inspiration don’t sit easily together, so seek out people who inspire you and you aspire to be like. Learn form them and how they achieved their success. Nurture and develop your own inspiration.
- Keep your focus on developing what you want, not what you don’t want
often we are experts at knowing what is wrong and what we don’t want, but are less aware of what we really do want. In your journal keep a growing list of the things that you really want.
- Become a life long learner
as the world changes, we can grow and develop too, and this can be exciting and inspiring. Remind yourself that you can learn all you need as you go. Also become a voracious reader, and keep learning more about successful attitudes and skills.
- Keep a variety of timescales think long, medium and short term.
What you can’t do next week, you could do in a year, if you start now.
- Grow in personal power as you go by going through your fears
a fulfilled life is not a life spent avoiding fear, but rich because we have faced and grown through our fears.
- Let your dream evolve
where our dreams finish is not usually where they start. Be willing to let the dream lead you.
- Recognise and undo past conditioning
one of our greatest obstacles to career success is the unhelpful attitudes and advice of other people that we have absorbed. Be willing to recognise and undo inherited thinking.
- Career dream-builders ask for help
recognise the value of asking for and receiving help and support. Too many career dreams flounder because we didn’t seek the help of those who could support us, but only listen to advice from people who are qualified to give it.
- Career dream-builders recognise the need for regular reminders and reinforcement of ideas and inspiration
to be inspired once does not immunise against needing inspiration ever again. We need daily reinforcement and upliftment in order to sustain our energy.
Dream-builders are comfortable being uncomfortable when needed
They know that growing pains can be part of their journey, and don’t shrink away from that discomfort, knowing that it can lead us to greater success and joy.