Oh snap – the world turned upside down right before you were about to graduate college and now you have graduated and I know you are wondering – how do I navigate this new world and still live my dreams?
Yes I know – that wasn’t what you planned and I know it sucks in many ways.
I encourage you to ask yourself:
How can I turn the world right side up – so I can do what I love and live my dreams?
Here are the Top 5 Tips I have to offer as a career and life coach who has been supporting 100’s of people with uncovering and living their passion and purpose over the last 13 years including young adults just like you and being as a Mom of two teenage boys:
- Love yourself/Know what you love
Ok I hear you – what does loving myself have to do with doing what I love? My answer to that is – everything. When you love yourself, you know yourself and you are clear on what you love. You aren’t doing what others think you should do or what society thinks you should do. When you love yourself, you are confident in going after your dreams.
Ask yourself – What do I love and what do I love to do? I refer to this as putting together the pieces of your passion puzzle. Maybe all pieces can’t fit into your career, but think about how you can incorporate what you love into your life – your hobbies, your volunteer work, how you spend your time.
- Trust your gut/believe in yourself
Oh wow this is super important all the time, especially in these times. I know because I practice this myself and help others do the same. I graduated during a tough economic time just like we are in right now and I kept hearing you are going to be lucky enough to find any job let alone your dream job. I chose not to listen to them and guess what? I found my dream job through living all of these tips I am mentioning here. So I encourage you to do the same – listen to yourself, believe in yourself – go after what you love and your dreams.
Also know your strengths and what you are good at doing. Be proud of your accomplishments. Become confident in presenting who you are, what you love, your dreams and what you want to do.
And listen I am not saying this is going to be easy – it will take a lot of focus and dedication and you will most likely need a short term and long term strategy. You may have to do what it takes to get started on your dream path – investing time/money into learning skills relevant to your dream path, taking on projects, getting experience, getting a second job. All of it will be worth it when you keep your eye on the prize to live your dreams.
- Surround yourself with mentors/positive people
Yes this is also mega key. None of us have all of the answers – mentors and positive people can help you shorten your learning curve to help you get to where you want to go faster than alone. Mentors can give you golden keys to open doors that you wouldn’t normally have access to. And positive people – you need them – there are so many naysayers out there – you need positive people who fuel you with positivity and encouragement and believe in you and your dreams.
And you can also find mentors and positive people in books, CDs, videos – seek them out – they are out there. There are so many examples of people who have lived their dreams against all odds and who share tips of how they were able to live their dreams.
- Network/Informational Interviews
The old adage still holds true – it is not what you know – it is who you know. Approximately 85% of jobs especially dream jobs come from someone you know or someone that someone in your network knows. So get connected through people you know including friends and family – ask them to help you on your career and life path. Do informational interviews to learn more about your field and insider tips.
- Have a vision/road map for your life
A big mistake I see people make is that they choose a career path without first creating a vision for how they want all areas of their life to look and then from having that clarity, choosing a career that fits into all areas of their life. Think about where do you want to live, how do you want to spend your time, how much money do you need to make/save to live your dreams, what do you want to do for fun, how do you want your relationships to be, how do you want to give back to your community/the world, what else is important to you?
Take the time to create a vision and also live these steps – you will create both a career and life that you love :).
Marcy Morrison is a career/life coach, founder of Careers with Wings (www.careerswithwings.com) and co-founder of Passion Purpose Academy (www.passionpurposeacademy.com). Marcy has written two books to help people on their journey “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career” and “Falling in Love with Me: A Personal Journey and A Guide to Falling in Love with You.” She has helped 100’s of people over the last 13 years do what they love and tie that to making a difference in the world. Marcy has been a resident of San Diego for 25 years – she moved her from the East Coast (originally from the Jersey Shore) to get her Master’s at University of California, San Diego in International Business/Latin America and never left, because she loves it so much here. Her two boys Cameron (19) and Logan (16) were born and raised in San Diego – the lucky ones :).
Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and to visit my website www.careerswithwings.com.
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