The road to pursuing a dream can be rocky, unpaved, full of bumps and hurdles. Sometimes it can be incredibly tough to keep going and be optimistic for the outcome of all your hard work put towards a goal.
Here’s a quick list of things that help me keep on keeping on. What’s on your list?
1. Create a Network
Networking can be great for connections and potential jobs, but even more than that it can be a huge motivator. Having people to call and talk to along the way can be everything when you feel like you’re not reaching your potential, or that maybe it would be easier to give up. Having a support system that is in the industry will keep you looking forward, and will make the road a little less lonely.
2. Love and Appreciate the Journey
It sounds cliché, but all the quirky adventures along the way are sometimes what makes it all worthwhile. Write it down, take photos, document it. Your story is unique and worth remembering.
3. Learn Constantly
Sometimes it’s hard to see all the opportunities around that help us learn and grow. In every job, there are people you can reach out to and learn from- even if their work isn’t directly related to yours. Having a varied background can help build a big foundation to your repertoire and might become useful in the most unexpected ways. Not only does this show that you’re a team player, willing to help others and work outside of your job description, but it will also make you more well rounded.
4. Take Care
It can be so easy to wear yourself down, or kick yourself for not performing the way you know you can. It’s easy to forgive other people and look past their faults, but sometimes it is a lot harder to do when we are reflecting on ourselves. Trust the path you’re on, and trust what you’re capable of. Self forgiveness is huge, and will put your mind at ease and help focus on the important things. Whether it’s doing yoga, taking afternoon naps, or getting into a Netflix show or social media; finding a way to relax and centre yourself is a big part of making a routine that works with you.