I intend to spend my life going in the direction of my dreams, not in the direction of my fears – Jennifer White
Where can you dream more and fear less?
How can you take one step towards a dream that’s big enough to get it going but not so big you lapse into fear mode?
Dream tasks: read about it, talk to someone doing, take a class, do a project just for yourself, volunteer in that area…mark your calendar for when you will do any or all of these things. Pick an action AND set the deadline.
You are responsible for your own careers, plural. You need to be curious, to look for opportunities that interest you, and not be afraid to take risks – Beth Nickels
With the economy changing, new trends and innovations arising at rapid pace and people living longer, it isn’t a question of if you’ll change careers but how often. Even if you stay within the same company, you’ll likely change roles.
Are you staying curious and alert to what is happening around you?
Are you staying updated on the news in your area?
Are you keeping in touch and adding to your connections?
Are you learning new skills and raising your hand for new experiences?
Life is a series of comebacks – Tom Scott
If we embrace that life is about comebacks, then it means we need to try again. And again. And again. It means these subsequent efforts may lead to the comeback. But then it also means new problems will arise, requiring another comeback. So we need to try again. And again…
Don’t’ fear failure then. It’s all in a day’s work.
The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. —Soren Kierkegaard
Perhaps you think you need more time, more money, more skills, more connections? How can you do without and get things done anyway?
As an entrepreneur this may mean learning a new skill rather than hiring it out. I know I’m much more tech handy than I ever thought I’d be.
As a manager this may mean giving a junior person a stretch assignment before s/he’s ready.
From a day-to-day standpoint, you might give yourself less time and find the resourcefulness to get things done more quickly. This can help you maintain boundaries between your work and personal life.
Are you waiting for the perfect conditions to get started? How can you make do with what you have?