Valerie Young, PhD asks: “Imagine how you’d feel right now if you knew that this time next year you’d be well on your way to creating a satisfying and profitable part- or full-time business doing work you love.”
In her article 10 Steps to Escape the Job World and Create the Life You Really Want, the “Off the beaten path career counselor” points out a number of aspects of crafting a successful life and vocation.
She writes, “It’s one of those things that is worth repeating – life is all too short. And, few among us will look back in our old age and wish we’d gone to more meetings or put in more overtime.
“The point is, despite pressure to ‘play it safe’ by sticking with your day job (“But dear, you have a good job, you want to be HAPPY too?”) you have every right to follow your entrepreneurial dreams.
“Once you get that life is to be lived and not, as they say, merely endured, you’ll understand too that it is up to you and you alone to create the kind of livelihood – and life – you really want.”
She thinks it is more helpful not to pay attention to the negatives in your current job or life situation, and to “start with a positive picture of what you DO want. Five minutes a day spent visualizing your ideal work-life and fashioning a plan to get there will move you far closer to your goal than 30 minutes of complaining.
“The route to figuring out the perfect at-home WORK starts with envisioning the kind of LIFE you want. What do your surroundings look like? Do you want to work outdoors or indoors? With others or alone? Is travel a part of your picture? Do you see yourself working primarily with your head, your hands, or both?
“Bottom line: You won’t see yourself doing it until you can see yourself doing it.”
Another key element is to get passionate, she says: “Entrepreneurs who love what they do are more apt to be successful. Discover your passion by paying attention to situations or things that grabs and keeps your attention. Focus less on your skills (what you CAN do) or your resume (what you HAVE done) and instead, try to tune into what it is you really LOVE and WANT to do.”
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> Learn more about her programs to support entrepreneurs at her site Changing Course