I had the pleasure of watching a movie called “The Pursuit of Happyness”, starring Will Smith recently. Yeah, I know it’s been out for a few years, but I don’t get a chance to watch many movies these days; Ok, I’ve seen all of the recent kid movies! The movie is based on a true story about a salesman named Chris Gardner who is having challenges selling medical equipment that he purchased with all of his family’s savings. His idea was to become self employed and self sufficient enough to take his family to the next level in the American dream.
Well, things didn’t quite work like he imagined. The road to fulfilling his dreams required more than just the idea of a dream; it required stamina, diligence, determination, and the ability to be flexible, which he had. Ultimately his challenges led to a separation from his wife, and his raising Christopher (his son) as a single dad, in and out of homelessness.
We’ve all been in circumstances where we’ve imagined something, like a wedding, buying a home, having a family, or something as simple as eating at a special restaurant that didn’t quite meet our vision of the way we thought it should be, or it was exactly like we imagined or much better that we imagined; Welcome to life and the ability to manifest your imagination!
The good news is that you have the ability to imagine anything and make it happen, as long as you have a clear vision, the commitment, flexibility, and diligence for getting it done. The one thing my mother has always told me is that “The race is not given to the swift, but those who endure it”. This is a mantra that plays in my head over and over; it’s been the one thing that helps me stay focused no my outcome. The real truth is that the things that are worth having are worth fighting for. In our current economy, we will see times unlike any other that we’ve experienced before, therefore having a strategy and belief system that gets you to the other side is imperative, now more than ever!
The Chris Gardner story is that of a man who won because he had the flexibility, stamina, beliefs, drive and courage to endure. If dreams were as easy as imagining and sitting back without doing anything to get them, they wouldn’t have the same impact. The real payoff is in the journey – If Walt and Roy Disney hadn’t imagined and brought Disneyland to fruition through their many EXTREME challenges – there would be no “Happiest Place on Earth”…..
I recommend you see take a little time to watch “The Pursuit of Happyness” and think about the following:
1. What is your compelling vision – the big picture that drives you?
2. When times are challenging, what do you do to keep yourself going?
3. When fears and anxiety are high, what do you do to get your emotions under control?
4. When the storms of life are raging, do you still have faith, or are you like many who only have faith when things are good?
5. What do you need to do to win the race?
Life is a journey filled with ebb and flows – what goes up, must come down. What goes down must go up! Keep your dream job alive and your brain working for you, not against you – The Secret of Understanding Yourself; Chapter 2 of my book.
Here’s a question for you:
1. Do you think it’s possible to find a Dream Job in the current economy? – Yes or No
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Stay true to your dreams and they will come!
Master Career Strategist