Years ago, I made the frightening decision to move and accept a promotion in a whole new area where nobody knew who I was or what I was all about. This was terrifying, but quite possibly the best risk that I have ever taken. In the pursuit of wanting the next position in my career, I had to let go of so many of my own anxieties holding me back from pursuing my dream career path.
As an educator, I dreamed of being an administrator and I was always coming up with various excuses (I’m too busy, I’m not smart enough, there isn’t a spot to get transferred into etc.) that allowed me not to follow through.
Then once all my excuses weren’t relevant (was married, certified, there were available positions), something just clicked and I realized I was finally ready to make the change I had dreamed of.
I let go of everything that was holding me back and told myself, this is it, there will never be a better time. You can do this, you are ready and you are worthy.
You too can let go of the obstacles that are holding you back and finally pursue your dream career path. But before you can, you need to identify what’s holding you back from pursuing your dream career path.
5 obstacles that are holding you back from pursuing your dream career
Here are 5 things that might be holding you back.
1 | YOU FEEL LIKE A FAILURE
It happens to the best, most successful, and professional of us. When a project goes wrong, when someone says no, or worse, when we are let go or fired; it’s all part of climbing the professional ladder. Know that each experience we have, success or failure is a learning experience.
2 | YOU DON’T HAVE THE MONEY
Ask yourself: When will you ever have enough money if not now? When you have debts hanging over your head like a college loan, it can hold you back from pursuing your dream career path. What if you leave your job and can’t find another one to replace your salary? Start saving 10% of your salary immediately. Within no time you will have a few months salary saved, which can put your mind at rest when you are looking for a career path you love.
3 | YOU LACK A PLAN
Not having a plan should not keep you from pursuing your dream career path. Make time to make a plan, then start to take the steps toward achieving your goal. Even if it means getting up an extra 15 minutes early in the morning to work on your plan or staying up a bit later in the evening. If you lack a plan, I have the perfect tool for you! Download the FREE goal setting workbook now and get started:
4 | THERE ISN’T A SPOT TO GET PROMOTED TO
Lack of opportunity with your current employer is a major obstacle when pursuing your dream career path. But opportunities are what we make them right? If you see something that needs doing, do it, especially if it interests you. You never know who will notice (hint: your boss) how valuable these tasks are once you are doing them. This, in turn, could lead to a promotion as you have shown initiative and that you are adding value on a constant basis.
4 | YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT
Sometimes I fantasize about being an amazing photographer and taking beautiful photos like all the fashion bloggers. But then I quickly think I could never do that! Why? Because I don’t know how to take beautiful photos. However, worrying about not knowing how to do it is a waste of time. Instead, I should take daily action and learn how to take beautiful photos, read books, watch YouTube tutorials, and practice. Not knowing how to do something can be solved pretty quickly when we put our minds to it and take daily action.
5 | YOU DON’T THINK YOU DESERVE IT
Everyone deserves to be happy and fulfilled in their career, even you! If doing what you love makes you happy it’s your duty to make it happen, you deserve it and you must pursue it.
Fear can be paralysing especially when we are faced with obstacles that hold us back from pursuing a dream career path. You too can let go of the things that are holding you back and finally pursue your dream career path!
IMPORTANT: Do you ever feel like a failure when you have daunting obstacles in your way? Comment below on how you can overcome obstacles that are holding you back from your dream career. You never know who you will help by sharing your experience!
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