Let me guess, when you were young you had an aspiration. There was something you really wanted to do or become and everything you did or talked about related back to that aspiration.
So what happened? As you grew older, I bet at some point you were told to “grow up” and “be realistic”.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some people who are doing the very thing they dreamt of doing as a child and still love every minute of it. Most people however gave up on their childhood dreams a long time ago and they are merely distant memories.
Despite being encouraged to “dream big” and that “you can achieve anything you put your mind to”, there comes a point when suddenly this is no longer valid and you are urged to focus on getting a “good job”. We take the advice of friends, family and teachers and we follow the “status quo”. At no point are we encouraged to identify what actually matters to us and we are led to believe that this is the only way to be successful in life.
It’s no surprise that so many people are dissatisfied in their job.
Often as a result of your childhood aspirations being buried deep and ignored, eventually you can lose the desire to do or become anything significant in your life and you spend your life existing with very little hope that things can change.
“To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.” ~ James Allen
Personally I believe that it’s never too late to take action and realise your aspirations.
Of course some aspirations change whilst others become outdated, however you will always have a desire to be, do, see, have or experience something. You may have dreamt of someday owning your own restaurant, but maybe now throwing dinner parties with amazing food for friends and family will make you just as fulfilled.
The point is that at any time in your life you can take action and put in place a powerful and ambitious plan to turn your aspirations into reality.
Take some time to think about what you would really like to achieve.
- What contribution would you still like to make?
- Is there a particular skill you would like to learn or maybe even master?
- When the time comes for you to take your last breath, what will make you feel complete?
I’m Leanne Lindsey, a career coach and founder of LL Coaching Ltd www.llcoaching.co.uk. I work predominantly with professional women who are feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled in their career. Women, who are still ambitious and want to be successful, however no longer enjoy their day job and would love to do something more meaningful.
It is my aim to reignite your passion and enthusiasm whilst inspiring and motivating you to create a career and life you love.