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10 Simple Ways To Follow Your Dream While Still Having A Full Time Job

10 Simple Ways To Follow Your Dream While Still Having A Full Time Job

Many times we’re told that in order to pursue a dream we must breathe, eat and sleep according to that dream. Pursuing one’s dream is not easy, it is a commitment that requires sacrifices and most importantly time. However, most of us have responsibilities like paying the bills and providing for yourself or a family.

While many of us may think the ideal dream pursuing scenario does not involve a full time job, the fact of the matter is most of us cannot afford to quit. What many people don’t think about is that, with the right attitude and determination, it is surprisingly simple to follow your dreams with a full time job.

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    Here are ten small things you can do that will enable you to hold on to your job and still work towards that dream:

    1. Self assess.

    Admit the dream. Singers sing, writers write, entrepreneurs build. Keep in mind that a dream is something you simply cannot keep yourself from pursuing.  Ask yourself how badly do you want it and what sacrifices you are willing to make.  In my book, Start from Success, I advise, “Start with the end in mind, and you will always know where you are going.”  If you know what you want, you will never lose direction.

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    2. Stop lying to yourself.

    You don’t have to become a starving artist to follow your dreams. It’s easy to psyche yourself out thinking your family or your boss won’t support you but once you get the ball rolling, you’d be surprised who will be there to cheer you on.

    3. Think of your job as a sponsor, not an enemy.

    No matter what your dream is, chances are, reaching it costs money. Writers have editor costs and being a musician will cost you until you are paid to be one.  Even entrepreneurs have to spend a pretty penny to get their ideas to reach the right investors. How will you pay for these things without a job?

    4. Prioritize

    Forty hours in a job, many more spent in other responsibilities and how many left to pursue your dream?  The answer is up to you. There are two things in life that determine your freedom, Time and Money. Maybe you won’t be able to go out three nights a week, or you won’t be getting that new pair of shoes each week. No matter what it is, something will have to go but whatever it is, it will enable you to follow your dream.

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    5. Set specific goals and deadlines.

    You know what you want, you’ve found the time and money, and you are ready to go.  Sadly, this isn’t enough. It’s difficult to do something significant when your goal is simply “sing more” or “think more.” Challenge yourself; give yourself a deadline for a certain part of a project. Write five thousand words each day, e-mail some possible business partners a week. Up the ante each time you reach a milestone and watch as things slowly fall into place.

    6. Use free time wisely.

    Use your free time to gain related experience. Find articles published by other professionals in your field, look at their work. If you are an artist, practice, free-write, don’t be idle. No matter what your dream is, one thing you cannot afford to do is waste time. Use it wisely.

    7. Meet motivating peers.

    You are not alone in your search for success. Countless of people are in your situation and these peers can help motivate you. Use your social networking accounts (Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc) to find like-minded individuals. Search for online forums or attend group meetings; company is always motivating.

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    8. Develop your network.

    While peers in a similar situation may be motivating, they cannot provide vital industry connection. It is important you connect with experts in your field, find a mentor and learn as much as you can from their experiences. While online communities and meet ups may be a great way to meet other people, remember to keep your eyes open. One of my best business connections came from another dog owner at the dog park.

    9. Make adjustments

    Live at the financial level that both your job and your dream allow. Take your dream into account when making future plans or big purchases. Make the necessary adjustments to follow your dream without burdening anyone else.

    10. Give up the “I made it” myth.

    Success doesn’t have a taste or a smell and once you reach it, it means nothing without people to share it with. Likewise, you will never reach a point when you ‘ll get to stop working. Living the dream is also working the dream. Give up the myth of making it, and remember not to slow down at the end of the race.

    Take a moment and in the comments below start your journey now by writing what your dream is…

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    Last Updated on October 13, 2020

    How to Get Promoted When You Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

    How to Get Promoted When You Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

    Have you been stuck in the same position for too long and don’t really know how to get promoted and advance your career?

    Feeling stuck could be caused by a variety of things:

    • Taking a job for the money
    • Staying with an employer that no longer aligns with your values
    • Realizing that you landed yourself in the wrong career
    • Not feeling valued or feeling underutilized
    • Taking a position without a full understanding of the role

    There are many other reasons why you may be feeling this way, but let’s focus instead on learning what to do now in order to get unstuck and get promoted

    One of the best ways to get promoted is by showing how you add value to your organization. Did you make money, save money, improve a process, or do some other amazing thing? How else might you demonstrate added value?

    Let’s dive right in to how to get promoted when you feel stuck in your current position.

    1. Be a Mentor

    When I supervised students, I used to warm them — tongue in cheek, of course — about getting really good at their job.

    “Be careful not to get too good at this, or you’ll never get to do anything else.”

    This was my way of pestering them to take on additional challenges or think outside the box, but there is definitely some truth in doing something so well that your manager doesn’t trust anyone else to do it.

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    This can get you stuck.

    Jo Miller of Be Leaderly shares this insight on when your boss thinks you’re too valuable in your current job:

    “Think back to a time when you really enjoyed your current role…You became known for doing your job so well that you built up some strong ‘personal brand’ equity, and people know you as the go-to-person for this particular job. That’s what we call ‘a good problem to have’: you did a really good job of building a positive perception about your suitability for the role, but you may have done ‘too’ good of a job!”[1]

    With this in mind, how do you prove to your employer that you can add value by being promoted?

    From Miller’s insight, she talks about building your personal brand and becoming known for doing a particular job well. So how can you link that work with a position or project that will earn you a promotion?

    Consider leveraging your strengths and skills.

    Let’s say that the project you do so well is hiring and training new entry-level employees. You have to post the job listing, read and review resumes, schedule interviews, make hiring decisions, and create the training schedules. These tasks require skills such as employee relations, onboarding, human resources software, performance management, teamwork, collaboration, customer service, and project management. That’s a serious amount of skills!

    Are there any team members who can perform these skills? Try delegating and training some of your staff or colleagues to learn your job. There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea:

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    1. Cross-training helps in any situation in the event that there’s an extended illness and the main performer of a certain task is out for a while.
    2. As a mentor to a supervisee or colleague, you empower them to increase their job skills.
    3. You are already beginning to demonstrate that added value to your employer by encouraging your team or peers to learn your job and creating team players.

    Now that you’ve trained others to do that work for which you have been so valued, you can see about re-requesting that promotion. Explain how you have saved the company money, encouraged employees to increase their skills, or reinvented that project of yours.

    2. Work on Your Mindset

    Another reason you may feel stuck in a position is explained through this quote:

    “If you feel stuck at a job you used to love, it’s normally you—not the job—who needs to change. The position you got hired for is probably the exact same one you have now. But if you start to dread the work routine, you’re going to focus on the negatives.”[2]

    In this situation, you should pursue a conversation with your supervisor and share your thoughts and feelings to help you learn how to get promoted. You can probably get some advice on how to rediscover the aspects of that job you enjoyed, and negotiate either some additional duties or a chance to move up.

    Don’t express frustration. Express a desire for more.

    Present your case and show your boss or supervisor that you want to be challenged, and you want to move up. You want more responsibility in order to continue moving the company forward. Focus on how you can do that with the skills you have and the positive mindset you’ve cultivated.

    3. Improve Your Soft Skills

    When was the last time you put focus and effort into upping your game with those soft skills? I’m talking about those seemingly intangible things that make you the experienced professional in your specific job skills[3].

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    Use soft skills when learning how to get promoted.

      According to research, improving soft skills can boost productivity and retention 12 percent and deliver a 250 percent return on investment based on higher productivity and retention[4]. Those are only some of the benefits for both you and your employer when you want to learn how to get promoted.

      You can hone these skills and increase your chances of promotion into a leadership role by taking courses or seminars.

      Furthermore, you don’t necessarily need to request funding from your supervisor. There are dozens of online courses being presented by entrepreneurs and authors about these very subjects. Udemy and Creative Live both feature online courses at very reasonable prices. And some come with completion certificates for your portfolio!

      Another way to improve your soft skills is by connecting with an employee at your organization who has a position similar to the one you want.

      Express your desire to move up in the organization, and ask to shadow that person or see if you can sit in on some of their meetings. Offer to take that individual out for coffee and ask what their secret is! Take copious notes, and then immerse yourself in the learning.

      The key here is not to copy your new mentor. Rather, you want to observe, learn, and then adapt according to your strengths.

      4. Develop Your Strategy

      Do you even know specifically why you want to learn how to get promoted? Do you see a future at this company? Do you have a one-year, five-year, or ten-year plan for your career path? How often do you consider your “why” and insure that it aligns with your “what”?

      Sit down and make an old-fashioned pro and con list.

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      Write down every positive aspect of your current job and then every negative one. Which list is longer? Are there any themes present?

      Look at your lists and choose the most exciting pros and the most frustrating cons. Do those two pros make the cons worth it? If you can’t answer that question with a “yes,” then getting promoted at your current organization may not be what you really want[5].

      The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. —Mark Twain

      Here are some questions to ask yourself:

      • Why do you do what you do?
      • What thrills you about your current job role or career?
      • What does a great day look like?
      • What does success look and feel like beyond the paycheck?
      • How do you want to feel about your impact on the world when you retire?

      Define success to get promoted

        These questions would be great to reflect on in a journal or with your supervisor in your next one-on-one meeting. Or, bring it up with one of your work friends over coffee.

        Final Thoughts

        After considering all of these points and doing your best to learn how to get promoted, what you might find is that being stuck is your choice. Then, you can set yourself on the path of moving up where you are, or moving on to something different.

        Because sometimes the real promotion is finding your life’s purpose.

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