Many people beat themselves up over not reaching their goals or destination in a certain time frame. This fast food world would have you believe that if you haven’t gotten to your goal that you’ve somehow failed. The thing is that life happens! Sometimes the focus is on keeping a roof over your head or maybe making sure your able to pay your bills. That doesn’t mean that you’ve abandoned your dreams or goals.
Many people still take baby steps at getting their dreams or goals accomplished. It is by planting those seeds that we finally get to the harvest season. It’s very much like priming a pump to bring up water. It’s all those small steps that will get us to our final destination. Sometimes, it’s about attending those networking events. It allows us to learn about more resources around us. Who can help or teach us about skills we will need to learn to make our goals more achievable. What can we farm out, or who can we exchange services with to help us with our journey to our goal.
These detours are not wasted time. They are paths that will help us build toward the next step we need to take on our journey to our final destination. Those side jobs might be helping us to network and build capital for the next phase in our businesses. Sometimes our skills are shared with those around us as a way to balance out our journey. Think of it as a test run to learn about your market place, your future customer. What are those needs? How to build your product better? How to price point it. Being able to see what a competitor brings to the table to allow you to make changes or rethink a product or service.
Meeting people who you wouldn’t normally meet as if by chance; acquiring knowledge that will help you with financial decisions and business models. This isn’t to say you couldn’t have learned it on your own, but the set backs are now minimal compared to what they might have been. It might also be about timing. Sometimes what we have to offer isn’t at the right time. Everything is very similar to planting a crop. There are seasons to everything, especially small businesses. Some small businesses have down times that need to be accounted for. These down times will prevent a steady income if not planned for properly. Next time your down on yourself, remember to look back at how far you’ve come. That also means not always surrounding yourself with people who’ve always played it safe by only working for others.
Apprenticeships in that past and even now are usually five years. That’s because it takes time to learn an industry that you’ve never been in before. It takes time to build a client base. These are ways to build more stability for your future. Just remember, by being around others that have done what you’re trying to do. It shortens the learning curve and brings you to your final destination.
All of us have goals or things that we want to do some day? It’s those moments, that you finally achieve them and are really happy or you come to the realization that what was all the Hoop La about? It might be because we realize we were really chasing someone else’s dream for acceptance. When you really own your victories, it lets you know that other thing are within reach as well.
In some cases that bucket list is starting to get whittled away at. It’s like looking at a Rolodex of our life and gauging where we’re at and how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go. Sometimes its a feeling that we are finally ready for one of those things on our list that never quite felt right before now. The Universe, can also be a pain in the ass too. Where nothing seems to line up to allow you to take the next step to complete the final piece of the task.
The nice part about these victories is that they’re yours. No one can ever take them away from you! It’s not about people pleasing. It’s about testing and pleasing yourself for your personal growth as a person. Sometimes we like what we’ve become and other times not so much. We are almost like our own person clay. We can always recreate ourselves and change what we don’t like. Whether it be ourselves, home, lives, career or friends.
We are either a completed piece of art or a work in progress depending on how we choose to look at ourselves!
It always amazes me that we don’t get instruction booklets on how to play this game we call life.
When we play any other game there are instructions that come with it. Strategies on how to win or accumulate more of something than another player.
It always amuses me that people think that others just like to be poor and not live a better standard of life.
The people who have a higher standard of living and are actually enjoying their lives think that what they were taught is taught in a class room or in everyone’s home. Nothing could be farther than the truth. It like that game where is Waldo? Well if you don’t know what you’re looking for it can be a long, long journey. You know somethings missing. You know that others have gotten there before you but you have no idea on where that map on how to get there is.
These skills are not taught in a school, college or university. They should be but they aren’t. When you start to learn the rules of the game! Life does become so. . . much easier. I think that classes on table manners should be taught in schools and it’s not. It is expected that you would know them already but most people don’t which is why they don’t usually go up to the next level.
There are secrets about handling money that many are not taught except by their parents. The wealthy usually think these are lessons that everyone should know but they don’t. The reason that wealthy people pass these lesson on to their children is that if they don’t the next generation will become poorer than the last and not have something to pass on to the next generation.
Most people have this vision in their head of how they think the wealthy live and then are surprised when they themselves end up broke. It is like anything the more you practice the more you learn the flaws in your thinking. It is like anything you must have a strategy on what you want and then take the steps to acquire those skills to reach those goals. Sometimes you might have more than one goal so you take baby steps to get to those goals but if one step is going to build on another you might have a mentor or coach to help you with that. This way you not wasting energy or money spinning your wheels.