I’m sometimes surprised at how “impressed” people are by all that I do. I’m not more special, talented or lucky. The only difference is that I’m willing to step away from the known to try and achieve a goal. I didn’t succeed every time. I experienced setbacks, frustrations and challenges. But I kept moving forward until I got what I wanted.
If you want to work at home, you’ll need to be daring too. Here are some tips on becoming more daring to achieve your work-at-home goal:
Know that you deserve it: I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they’ve given up on their goal of working at home. Instead, they accept a mediocre life as if that’s all they’re good enough for. But when you give you up on your dream, you don’t reach your potential. When you settle for less than you can be or have, you’re essentially giving up on you. Yes, it is hard to get what you want in life. But you have to earn it, work for it or you won’t appreciate and value it. Even though it’s hard, you do deserve to be happy and achieve all that you can.
Own Your Dream: You can’t achieve your goals by expressing a wish. To get what you want in life, you have to claim it, own it and go after it. Dreams don’t come true, they’re made true by grabbing it with both hands and doing what needs to be done. Making a commitment is the best way to make sure you take and maintain action toward your dream.
Make a move: The only way to reach your goal is to take action. You need to step out of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done. You need to learn how to do new things. You need to plan and do. And you need to go down the unknown path. Too many people fail at working at home because they look for fast and easy. Along the way they pass viable opportunities because they think they’re too hard or will take too long. Years later, they’re still looking for fast and easy, when, if they’d made the right moves sooner, they’d be living their dream. So making a move isn’t just about taking action, it’s about taking action that moves you toward your goal no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.
Ignore the Nay-Sayers:People will try to talk you out of your dreams. They’ll agree with your excuses when you start to give up. But the nay-sayers are broke, unhappy and have given up on their dreams. Do you really want to listen to them?
Connect with Achievers: Instead of listening to nay-sayers, find people who have or are striving for what you want and hang with them. They’ll inspire and cheer you on. They’ll give you information and tips. What they won’t do is hold you back or let you give up.
Be afraid, but keep moving: I’ve been nervous and afraid when pursuing my dreams. It’s okay to be afraid as long as you don’t let it stop you. Acknowledge that it’s scary to step out of your comfort zone, and then take the step. In most cases, you’ll find success and even if you don’t, you’ll build your confidence and pride for venturing beyond what you thought you could do. This step is really important because no one has ever achieved their dreams without overcoming their fear and stepping into the unknown.
I didn’t decide I wanted to work at home one day and achieve that goal the next. It took time. Even now, when a new project idea comes to me, it takes time to research, learn, plan and implement. In nearly all cases, I experience challenges and it takes longer than I expected to achieve results. But if I stop taking action it will never happen. So all I have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if I can’t quite see the road ahead. The only way to achieve your dreams is to the actions required to make it happen, even when the road is long and hard.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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