Be honest with yourself. Are you happy with your career? Is it where you thought you would end up when your teacher asked you what you wanted to be where you grew up?
So what happened? Perhaps you were told that your dreams were too ambitious or that you’d never make it – but is that really true? We only regret the chances we didn’t take – but is it too late to take them? It doesn’t have to be. Read on to find out why it’s never too late to live your dream.
You can always go back to school
Some career paths require certain qualifications or degrees, and if you don’t already have them – then you can always go back to school. Short courses, part-time courses and even online courses make it easier than ever to get the education you want – so you can keep working around your learning so that you’re not left short of money. Don’t let the size of your ambition hold you back if you want to be a pilot – start an aviation degree. Even if you think your dream is out of reach, research the steps you need to take – it might be easier than you think.
Look to others for inspiration
If you think that you’re too old or out of touch to fulfill your dreams, then you’ll find plenty of people who will tell you otherwise. There are many inspiring people who are considered ‘late bloomers’, from people who ran their first marathon in their 80s to grandparents who’ve published their first book. There’s no age limit when it comes to your dreams, so don’t let your own prejudices hold you back.
Dreams can change
While you might not have become a cowboy or an astronaut, there are other types of dreams you can turn into a reality. Your new dream might involve owning your own business, and with the right skills for becoming an entrepreneur behind you, you could make it happen. Don’t be afraid to create new life goals for yourself – they might not be the same as when you were younger, but they’re still dreams that are waiting to be fulfilled.
Others can help you get there
It’s easy to talk yourself out of something when it’s just you that’s involved in the conversation. It becomes much more difficult when there’s someone pushing you. Talk to your friends and family about your ambitions, as well as your concerns about why they might not be possible. Your support network is there to help you when you need it most, so they can push you forward during those times where you might not have faith in yourself.
Achieving your dreams starts with a plan. Think about where you want to be and how you’re going to get there – adding in all of the possible steps along the way. Even if you don’t make it, you can say you’ve tried, while all of those steps will add to your skills and experience, which could lead you in a whole new direction. Your dreams don’t have to stay dreams – but it’s up to you to make things happen.