I recently had a meeting with a mentor (finally have one!) and I was just sharing with him that when it comes to my dream, my goal, my vision - currently I feel like I'm at a standstill - a crossroads and I don't know what to do!!!
Before talking with him I felt like:
I know what the dream is and I know what the end result is - but how do I build the bridge between the two. Yes, I went to college - got my degree - I have the work experience - but there is something missing. I put pen to paper, written as much of a business plan as I know how to, googled, researched, looked up, reached out, networked (or at least tried too) - and yet still - I haven't made enough progress (in my mind) in this journey of turning my dreams into a reality. And I'm screaming (figuratively & literally) - HELP!!!!!
I know that I have the support of my family and friends, and I have my faith - but I need more. I need direction- where do I find my network, who do I ask for assistance and actually receive it from - where are the tangible resources that can guide me, that know which way to point me in? I am not a lazy person - I want to do the work - I am willing to stay up all night, grind all day - I just need to know what's next.
To those who might be at that point - I say: keep doing exactly what you are doing - because it's coming. The person who is going to help you in this part of your journey is there, or on his/her way - just keep putting yourself out there. Don't be discouraged by the lack or rejection - don't get deterred by the naysayers or your current situation - keep going!
For me personally, for my dream, I had reached a point where I was like: I know hospitality - I know service - but when it comes to business operations & financials, I'm lost. So what now?! I need this - I can't have a proposal without showing some kind of money but where do I begin? And for almost 6 months, I did everything, from attending a financial class to reaching out to contacts, family, and friends and I got NOTHING! Not to say I was always given the cold shoulder, but whatever the reason: no time, no clue, no support - I had to keep trying. And today - 7/12 - 5 months later, I got the direction and help I needed!
I'm not sure who this is for - and yes we always hear that we need to just keep going and never give up - but it's so true. And if you are like me, even when you decide to settle for a bit or give up - that dream comes right back and pushes you, nudges you constantly till you start to work on it again.
I am an earnest believer that EVERYONE has a dream - has something that they were put on this earth to do - that only they can do! I also believe that my dream will help others accomplish theirs and vice versa! Whatever it is - whatever your purpose - whatever your passion - whatever it is that you eat, breathe, and live - just don't EVER LET IT GO!!!!
I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions - rather I have words that God gives me at the beginning of every year that determine how I make decisions and live for the year. For 2013 - it was "happiness" - and I did EVERYTHING that made me happy for the entire year - and as I blogged about previously, it was THE BEST YEAR EVER!
For 2014 my words are "Get it done!" My blog was born this year and my lifelong dream is on it's way to becoming a reality. I have never encountered more opposition to making it happen but I have never had more opportunities either!!!! Everyday, I tell myself: GET IT DONE DESTINEE!!! Eliminate giving up as an option - remove it from the equation - I cannot do anything but get it done.
I hope this helps - I want to see my entire circle doing AMAZING THINGS - achieving your every dream and goal - and I plan to be right there with you!
Dream & Achieve!
Hugs & Love