So, you finally decided to take the leap and follow your dreams.
Once you take that first step, everything will be easy, because you’re on the path...right? Wrong. This is exactly what I thought would happen when I made the choice to start pursuing my true life goals. I assumed the struggle and hard times would lighten up at least a little once I removed toxic people from my life, solidified my career goals, and moved to a new city.
See, I had always been the type of person who wished things would happen, or who said, “One day I’ll do this" but never did anything about it. So, I expected that taking action to achieve my desires would make my stress dissolve. Turns out, that's not how it works. It was still there, just in different ways.
After college, I fell in love with health and fitness. So, I decided to start working at a gym in hopes of spreading that love of fitness to others. After almost six months there, I got into a car accident, and my life unraveled. It was a wake-up call.
I learned which of my so-called friends were really there for me and came to appreciate the true value of life. Was trying to enroll members at a gym really my lifelong calling? Quite frankly, the answer was no. At that point, I wasn't even able to work out much because of the unpredictability of my schedule and 10-plus-hour days. I knew I needed something else.
My calling went beyond checking people into the gym. Some people know what they want from square one, but it took me a few tries. So, I left that job in order to work on myself, re-evaluate what I was looking for in a career, and to let go of the “friends” that ghosted on me when I needed them most.
I realized the first step toward my dreams wasn't going to be all it took. I picked up my life and moved to New York. But even now, this chapter of my life has its own hardships. My biggest take-away? Life is never going to be 100 percent problem-free, but that shouldn’t deter you from reaching for the best life possible.
Here are five things to remember when you start pursuing your dreams: