There are so many people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives – no idea what would make them happy and no idea what career path to go down. I know, I was one of them. I also know that a 5-Step plan to your dream job sounds insane and impossible, but I promise it’s not.
It’s 100% do-able if you can dedicate an hour or two of your time to create this plan. This isn’t an overnight miracle, but if motivation is your issue then this plan will pave a manageable path towards living a life that you love. We certainly don’t all aspire to be accountants or shift-workers, right? #lifegoals
For me, motivation was the problem without-a-doubt. I couldn’t think of any job that I would be excited to do. Without direction, how could you possibly get excited about your future? My brother was floundering at work and seemed unhappy. I starting thinking that maybe he was struggling with the same issue as me. Since I completely flipped my motivation switch on by using these 5 steps, I thought maybe it could help him too.
Baby bro is still going strong and urged me to share these tips with all of you because if we can do it, so can you! All I ask is that you dedicate a small amount of time to get through these steps. At the end you’ll feel like there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel!
step 1: list 3 things you love to do
I’m not talking about writing down 3 things you like – 3 things you LOVE. Pick things that you could do every single day and never get sick of. For me it was travel, beauty and writing; for my brother it was extreme sports, adventure sports and problem solving – you get the idea.
The easiest way to narrow it down to your true top 3 is to make a list of as many of your favorite things as you can think of, and then narrow it down to 3. At some point in this process, my brother had medical sales and martial arts on his list. At the end of the day nobody’s dream job is selling equipment in a daily 9 to 5, and he would probably cancel a few classes a week if he took martial arts classes every day. These are clearly not a good fit. Remember, we’re going for something you LOVE with every fiber of your being.
step 2: roll all 3 favorites into a dream job
You have your top 3 favorite things in the world, so now you need to turn them into a dream job. Keep money out of the equation. Sometimes you need to figure out what you want to do before you figure out how to make money doing it. At this point we’re keeping our focus on any job possibilities that includes all 3 of your favorites.
For example, my three favorites are travel, beauty and writing, so my dream job is being a travel blogger. Another example is how my brother’s three favorites are extreme & adventure sports and problem solving, so his dream is owning an Adventure & Extreme Sports Retreat. Get creative. Don’t shy away from anything because you think it’s impossible to do.
step 3: make a list of steps towards your dream job
This is the most important step where you will create a game plan. You’re going to make a list of about 10 steps that you need to take to get to your new goal. Do some research. The more detailed this is the easier and more realistic your goal will seem. The least daunting way to get started is to Google “how to become a <insert dream job>” and go from there.
“CHOOSE A JOB YOU LOVE, AND YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE.” – CONFUCIUS
When you’re writing your long-term to-do list make sure to include things that will remedy your weaknesses. One of the reasons I had trouble saving money before was because I ordered a lot of take out. I ordered take out because I was too tired after work to cook. To correct this I started buying prepared items from the grocery store and then I store them in individual serving sizes in the freezer. No work-night cooking and it’s faster than delivery. This method is very little work on my part and saves me a ton of money since I’m not ordering takeout every day.
My brother’s biggest weakness is time management. To correct this he started making detailed daily schedules. Every night he budgets his entire day – everything from breakfast, to meetings, to paperwork – in his phone calendar with alarms. It also helps to keep him motivated because he sees how much he’s accomplished each day.
Another thing to really focus on is a savings plan and budget. If you need help getting started, take a look at my post called Savings Made Simple: My 3-Step Plan. What’s really going to help you write a fool-proof plan is to research everything. If you are scatterbrained, meditation can correct this. If you work from home, but don’t have an office space then make one. Any excuse you have of why you aren’t being productive needs to be remedied. Google is your best friend.
Travel bloggers don’t make a lot of money off of their blogs, however you can make good money using your blog as a marketing tool. To do that you need readership. My plan consists of using social media to gain followers, which will drive traffic to my blog. Once the blog takes off I’m hoping it opens doors for paid freelance writing gigs. From there the options are endless. If it doesn’t work out, maybe I’ll do a yoga-teacher training instead – as I said, we will reevaluate these plans periodically. I’ll figure it out, and you can too.
Lastly, write a list of 3 things you are grateful for every single week – write accomplishments that you are proud of. When you see something on paper or on the notepad on your phone, you feel more accomplished and it will really boost up your motivation. When you feel down or unmotivated. Look at this list to re-energize. Remember, all of this hard work will result in you having your dream job.
Step 4: Guesstimate a savings goal
This should be a very rough estimate. When you re-evaluate your plan in a few months you can also re-evaluate your savings goal. Using the information from your saving plan, guesstimate how much money you would need to survive for 6 months to a year. Trying to start a business or in my case, travel the world, is monetarily risky. You want to make sure you have not only money to live, but also a “rainy day” fund. This is your safety net. If anything goes wrong, you’ll have enough cash for a month or two of rent plus expenditures.
For example, my life goal of being travel blogger requires that I save about $22,500 before I can actually take off around the world. When I reach my goal, I’ll jet off. This is a LONG-term plan, remember? I need $17,500 to embark on the trip plus a $5000 rainy day fund. The rainy day fund is there to cover emergencies. If I need to jet back to the U.S. with little preparation, I need to make sure I have money readily available. So do you. You feel me?
step 5: 3-month, 6-month, & 1-Year goals
As much as I hate to admit it, I work better with goals. I think most people do. Even if you don’t think you work better with goals, just do this anyway. I can’t say this enough – you will feel accomplished every time you cross things off your list. You’ll keep your motivation switch on if you see yourself knocking down task after task. This method has kept me so motivated that I’ve already completed some of my 6 month goals and I’m in my first month of the plan! It works! It’s also why we are constantly re-evaluating our goals.
The most important part of this step is to be realistic. Don’t try to save $5000 in 3 months if you make $15 an hour and pay $800 a month in rent. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Be realistic. For each of these 3 timeline goals you should include a savings goal, at least 3 actionable goals, and a new set of goals for the next 3 months.
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3-Month Goals: Save $1500, Create Blog on WordPress, Create first post, Gain 100 Instagram & Twitter followers, set next goals.
6-Month Goals: Pulse check on savings – Save $4000, Create travel itinerary, Create detailed travel budget, Gain 250 Instagram & Twitter followers, set next goals
1-Year Goals: Pulse check on savings – Save $10,000, Buy 1-way plane ticket, Create full destination guides for all countries I’m visiting, Have 500 Twitter & Instagram followers. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Again, as you can see, this is a long-term plan. Nothing good comes easily. If you make the plan and follow the path that you’ve paved for yourself, then you can do anything. If you’re reading this, then I’ve already knocked something off my to-do list! Now grab your pen and paper, or open up that Notepad on your phone and take that first step towards making your dream a reality!