Step 6 – Create a Strategy to Live Your Dream and Start Taking Steps
Thank you for continuing your Passion + Purpose = World Change journey with us. If you missed any of the earlier steps – please go back and review the other steps to get caught up. You can start with Step 1 here.
Now it is time to map out your strategy and to start taking the steps you need to take to live your dream. So let’s break down those steps that you need to think about?
Is college going to support your dream? If so what colleges best support you in getting the knowledge you need to know to live your dream? What other forms of training/education will help you?
Have you found mentors who are doing what you love? If so, create the time to talk with them and ask them about the steps they took to live their dream. These are called informational interviews – ask them questions such as:
- What degree/training do you have and what do you recommend to work in your field?
- Do you recommend any type of internship, volunteering, work experience that will help me live my dream?
- Can you provide me with any other referrals of people to talk to who can help me on my journey with ideas, internships, jobs, etc.?
See if they can help you develop a solid resume/cover letter/LinkedIn profile and help you prepare for interviews. They know their field so they are the experts you want to talk to in order to increase your chances of success.
Create a tracking system that lists all of the people you have talked to and any notes for follow up. Check this weekly to make sure you are staying in touch with and following up with your connections.
Create deadlines for all of the action steps you need to take. Write the steps down in your weekly planning. Ask your mentors to help you be accountable in completing the steps you need to take.
The time to start is now so start taking the steps you need to live your dream.
About the Contributor: Marcy MORRISON is one of Your Monthly Mentors and the founder of Careers with Wings. She embodies that which she strives to evoke in others – energy, enthusiasm, passion and fun. Often referred to as bringing sunshine to every room she enters, Marcy helps others uncover and find their dream career via her books, “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career” and “Falling in Love with Me: A Personal Journey and A Guide to Falling in Love with You”. She is a sought out career expert nationwide with her work appearing in/on MSN CareerBuilder, San Francisco and San Diego Univision, CBS Los Angeles, ABC Washington D.C., FOX New York City, San Diego Business Journal, and on San Diego stations including KUSI, Channel 6, FOX, and Channel 10. Read More…