This one is for the driven dreamers, which I think all of us are deep down inside. It may sound like I'm talking to people who know what their purpose in life is, but this is also for those of you who don't have a clue. These principles will help you get there, even if you don't know where "there" is.
To be honest, I don't think any of us really know. I am in a MUCH different place than I anticipated. I got my degree in psychology with the motivation to help women and children. But then I realized I didn't want to be $100,000 in debt for a doctorate, and therapy wasn't for me. I love going to therapy, but the idea of doing therapy day in and out sounded horrible. To be honest I think the world is probably a better place for me not being a therapist. I'm more of a kick your ass into gear/coach/mentor type of person.
Fast forward four years and I have had so many different jobs, it's pretty alarming. For a season I did get to step into my dream of being a traveling public speaker. I was given an opportunity while in college and took it on a whim. It turns out I'm pretty good, and for some sick reason enjoy public vulnerability as my method of influencing lives. That example leads to my first point in how to land your dream job.
1) Take Every Opportunity
This especially goes for anyone who isn't sure what they want to do. If you hear of an opportunity that interests you, give it a shot! For me, this has looked like a lot of volunteer work to beef up my resume, learn, and explore the endless roads available to me. In that, I've ended up working places that make zero sense to where I want to be but what I learned in those jobs is priceless. That also does not mean I am a yes person. I follow peace. So if I had total peace about an opportunity, I took it. Even if it didn't make sense.
2) Be Consistent
This one is really tough for me right now because I'm in a pretty boring season. I have come to realize though, that it is in these down seasons I'm able to really become disciplined. "Practice makes perfect" is a phrase for a reason. The way this looks like for me is that even though I have no one to speak for right now, I have a goal to write one speech per week. What does a person in your dream job do daily or weekly? Practice that.
3) Be Excellent
This goes a little hand in hand with 2, but being excellent despite disinterest shows a great deal of character. Am not in my dream job, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be apathetic in my current job. There are lessons in each day and each phase of you getting to the end goal. I can guarantee that where you want to be will require great leadership and influence. That's something that's intentionally earned. One of my favorite quotes from Clay Scroggins book "How to Lead When You're Not In Charge" is:
"If your time hasn't come. Work to create something great."
Leaving things better than you found it is always a way to be noticed and snatched up into new opportunities.
4) Embrace the Process
It can be unbearably frustrating not to be where you want to be and in your time frame. In those moments, I've learned to take a step back and gain perspective. Am I comparing my life to someone else's who is years ahead of me in working for what they have? Social media makes things appear as if people are overnight sensations, but it is almost never the case. So, I've come to terms with my process. My journey doesn't look even a little bit of how I thought it would. It doesn't make any sense, and I don't know how I'm going to "get there." I like who the process has made me, so I'm learning to savor it rather than rush through.
The older I get, the more I realize it's not about what we do as much as it is who we are becoming. What you do should be an expression of you and fulfill your soul in some way. If you put your all into the destination and neglect the vehicle (you) to get there, you won't make it. You can't drive across the country without stopping, getting gas, resting, changing the oil, and passing up landmarks or scenery. I think that getting to our dream jobs follows the same principle. It's not a direct route, and at any given moment that route could shift direction for many reasons. That is ok because guess what, no one has their shit together. We all act like it, but in reality, we are always dreaming of new land to conquer and challenges to take on. The only thing that will remain through it all is you. So why isn't our dream job to be the most magnificent versions of ourselves possible? I think mine is.
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