What choice will you make?

Once on your path to your dream career, have you had the experience of feeling confronted with a choice to choose to follow your dream – or give it up?

I have. And I’ve seen my clients experience it as well. Ronnie is a writer. She has been working hard to have her first novel published. In the time that we have worked together she has embraced her dream of becoming a published writer, written her first draft of her first novel, worked with critique groups, written several other novels, and secured an agent. She is still not published. She has strong support from her agent, and has received positive feedback from editors and publishing houses. But she has not yet achieved the big dream.

Ronnie is an inspiration to me. She knows it is only a matter of time. I know this too. She’s right on the brink of her dream coming true. We both can sense it.

But along the way, Ronnie has had moments of discouragement, and disappointment. She has questioned whether she should just quit, and go back to other career. The one she grew to hate, the one she left behind.

She gets job offers on a regular basis. She has naysayers in her life who just don’t understand her commitment to her new life, her true dream. But she resists them. She has learned to say no to them. And yes to her dream.

When she has moments of doubt, she remembers that this is what she longs to do. This is her dream. Ronnie enjoys writing. She enjoys creating and telling stories. She’s good at it, and she knows it. Instead of quitting, she digs deeper, and continues to work on her skills and her stories. She works to improve at her new craft. She renews her commitment to her dream.

Following the path to your dream job or dream career will require you to say no to opportunities to return to the old place. Let me caution you, once you know where you want to go, the old place will never be acceptable to you again.

Here are 3 simple things you can do to keep your faith, ignite your passion, and not get discouraged.

  1. Review your dream. It’s easy to get caught up in your day to day activities, and lose sight of the dream itself. Take the time to imagine your dream once again, in vivid technicolor detail. Allow the dream to invigorate and inspire you.

  2. Ask for support. When we start to get discouraged, it’s tempting to isolate ourselves. Make a point of actively seeking support and encouragement from your support system: friends, family, a coach, anyone in your corner who has faith in you and your dreams. Ronnie turned to her coach, writing group, and her agent, to ask for the support she needed.

  3. Take a bold new action toward your dream. When we start to doubt, it’s tempting to stop taking actions and steps toward our dreams, and easy to get stuck spinning in the doubts. One way out is to take bold step forward. Is there something you’ve been deferring or putting off because it seemed too scary? Do that! Ronnie’s bold move was to connect with published authors she admired. Perhaps you’ve been postponing updating your resume, or contacting someone in your network who might be able to help you. Taking a bold step forward toward your dream is a great way to disrupt the doubts and discouragement, and reconnect with your passion for your dreams.

Have you been confronted with a choice to go back to the place you left? What did you choose? How do you stay committed to your goal?

Would you share your stories with me on my blog below…

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA