By Luci Iley
Everyone has a dream – it could be a career aim, perfect house or even a complete relocation. They are the ultimate thing we aim for, our reason for working hard and something to give us hope during the harder times.
When it comes to career goals and the dream job, many people spend their whole professional lives working toward the ideal. But there are a few things that5 can hold us back – without us even realising it.
Whether it’s the unknown, failure or feeling unfulfilled, fear is the biggest factor holding you back from achieving your dreams. It is perfectly natural to be scared of the unknown – not knowing what happens if you don’t succeed right away, how you will cope financially, emotionally and professionally. All of these factors may place a burden on your mental health, personal relationships and even your physical wellbeing.
The important thing to remember is that, whilst failure, obstacles and pitfalls are genuine concerns – you really will never know if you don’t try. There’s no harm in setting up safety nets to fall back on, but if you never take the first step, you have zero chance of success.
Waiting for the ‘Right Moment’
The elusive ‘right moment’ haunts most people, whether it’s waiting until our children are old enough, or looking for a more spiritual sign from the universe, there is an overwhelming number of people with the ‘ideal’ moment in mind. This is the time when they will start working toward their dreams, the stars will align and everything will work out perfectly.
One problem - it doesn’t exist. The ‘right moment’ is a procrastination method, linking back to our first point -fear. Waiting for the ideal time is our mind’s way of trying to protect us from potential failure – the truth is, once that moment comes, another moment will conveniently pop up – and progress is never made.
Not having Enough Time
Most people’s dreams will take time and effort to achieve, they are big goals which cannot be achieved overnight. The issue with this is that once you factor in your job, personal care, relationships, family time and hobbies, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get started on that big dream you have.
Again, this is procrastination. When we decide that something is important, we make time – no, it’s not always easy and it may start as a very small amount of time each week – but the first step to success is actually beginning.
Making big changes is scary, we’ve covered that. But, convincing yourself that your current circumstances are the only ones you will ever experience is simply dangerous. Getting stuck in a rut is the worst way to live life and giving yourself a boost to progress and achieve something more is vital for a fulfilling life.
No matter what the reason for thinking that you can’t, we’re here to show you that you can. With courses in a range of professions, the first step towards achieving your dream is here.