Updated: Jan 9
I dreamed of owning my own business, but I never knew when the right time was to follow my dream. My guess is you’re probably wondering when the right time to follow your dreams actually is.
Honestly, the answer isn’t that simple. I wish I could give you an actual time. An answer like you must be 27 and stand in the sun on a Monday evening in July while wishing with your eyes closed. But, it doesn’t quite work that way.
The thing is, the right time is different for everyone, but I can help you figure out when it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing.
What Does It Mean To Follow Your Dreams
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “follow your dreams” or “follow your passion.” Yet, what does it mean? Should you just drop everything immediately because you really want to paint because something you saw on YouTube looked cool? Probably not. Dreams and passions are something you feel deep down. You want them even when everything in your life is seemingly perfect.
While it might seem like a complete contradiction to this post, I actually like Psychology Today’s post The Problem with “Follow Your Dreams”. It shows that there’s nothing wrong if you don’t have some major dream. It’s perfectly fine if your passion is to just have a happy life and continue doing whatever it is you’re doing.
No matter how big or small your dreams might be, following them are good for you. They make you happier, help you meet others and hopefully, they help you earn a living.
You Hate What You’re Doing
If you truly hate what you’re doing right now, it’s a great time to follow your dreams. During my struggle dealing with a major loss, I realized how much I hated my job at the time. Yes, I was doing well, but I personally wasn’t doing well. I felt terrible and empty. I wanted more. I realized it was time to stop dreaming about a better future and make it happen now.
You Know What Your Dream Is
Please don’t go out and start doing everything to try and figure out what your dream is. You’ll just drive yourself crazy. I want you to wait until you actually know what your dream is before trying to start it. Read books, check out seminars and podcasts, travel a bit and try new hobbies. But, before you make major life changes, make sure you can see your dream clearly. Trust me, it may take a bit to make reality and your dream mesh, but you will get there.
You’re Ready To Make Time
I for one kept making excuses about following my dreams. I didn’t have enough time. I didn’t know where to start. When you’re ready to start making time to achieve your dream, you’re ready to follow it.
You don’t have to drop everything and go for it. Start small. Learn a little each day or week to help you prepare. Devote a little time to working towards your dream. Then, when you’re prepared, go all out and do it.
You Can Start Anytime
Remember how I said there isn’t a set time? Well, there’s no better time than right now to start following your dreams! Take that first step. It may take years for your dream to become a reality, but why not get started? For me, I wanted to start my own business. I could work on that while doing other things. Every little step you take towards your dream makes you feel better and more confident.
I know you might be afraid. I know I was and I still worry sometimes. Yet, I took those steps. Take your time, but keep making progress. Your dreams don’t have to stay dreams. My advice – stop dreaming and start doing. Then, you’ll finally be the happy Unbothered Goddess you were meant to be.
Signed – The Unbothered Goddess, a woman who’s been where you are
Image: Peter Fogden