“A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off. Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness or lack of ambition.” — Napoleon Hill
By Lisa Ryan
You may be at a point in your career where you are doing well financially and you feel trapped in the “golden handcuffs” of success. You believe you could never work for less money than you currently make. However, when something unexpected happens to change your course – a downsizing, demotion, or some other “negative” career outcome. When you decide to take the opportunity to explore new options, instead of going back to the “same old, same old” things, you may find that can live on a lot less money when you’re happy. The funny thing is you may not even notice the initial difference in income – if there is one.
When I lost my job, I immediately decided to become my own boss — and I pursued that goal with gusto. Within a short period, I was flourishing on every level. Financially, my speaking business grew as I shared a message that resonated with both individuals and organizations. Socially, new friendships formed, relationships deepened, and connections were made with like-minded entrepreneurs who helped and supported me in my venture. Physically, my energy level increased because I was no longer just “doing my job.” When you take the leap of faith, you will marvel at the synchronicities that come into play on a regular basis. Doing what you love creates a virtuous cycle.
Take a moment now and assess the key areas of your life – career, relationships, family, financial, health, spiritual, and personal growth. On a scale of 1-10, with one being “Not satisfied at all” and 10 being “This is great!” where do you rank? Evaluate your answers in each category. Where are you thriving? What needs work?
Our impulse is to look only at the parts of our lives that are lacking in satisfaction. Instead of concentrating on the areas that need work, make sure you continue to do what you’re doing in the areas that you’re ranking high. Enjoy them to the fullest. When you ponder the parts of your life that need work, think of how you can bump up your satisfaction by just a notch. Remember, it took you a while to get where you are; you’re not going to change it overnight.
Today take one small action that moves you forward in your less-than-perfect areas. It’s all about taking “baby steps.” A little bit of effort now will pay big dividends later as you continue to pay attention to bringing more balance to your life.
Pursuing your dream takes determination, commitment, and lots of hard work. There are times that you will wonder if it was all worth it, and yet when you look back on your life through the lens of “no regrets,” you will be grateful for following your heart’s desires and creating the life you want.
Remember, people always have more regrets about the things that they didn’t do vs. the things they did.
As the founder of Grategy, Lisa Ryan works with organizations to keep their top talent and best clients from becoming someone else’s. Her proven gratitude strategies (Grategies) lead to increased productivity, passion and profits. She is the author of eight books and co-stars in two documentaries: the award-winning “The Keeper of the Keys” and “The Gratitude Experiment.”