Life happens when we are pursuing dreams. Life stops in many ways when we give up on our dreams and stop chasing. If you’re reading this then you’re probably a college student chasing the dream of a diploma. The diploma often symbolizes a better job, higher quality of life, doing a job that you love, etc. But why do so many people stop chasing their dreams?
Many times we stop chasing our dreams because we were chasing the wrong one. If you’ve ever seen the show American Idol you’ve seen some great examples of people chasing the wrong dreams. People show up to their audition thinking they are going to be the next big thing in music. They let out the first note and windows everywhere start shattering. The judges tell them they stink and they’re crushed. They often get defensive and are in complete utter shock.
These people are chasing a dream that really is a nightmare. This shows how important it is to evaluate your dreams to make sure they are the right fit. Somehow we often believe that because we have a desire to do something, and that it is in our heart, we should pursue it. This is one of the biggest myths out there.
This affects college students like yourself all of the time. They have a major in mind that they want to pursue, but it doesn’t really fit their skill set or talents. The first thing to do is to make sure your dream fits with your natural talents. If not, you may have to redefine your dream and start pursuing something else. It may be painful to do this, but don’t look at it as failing.
You are actually showing a great deal of wisdom by choosing a better route. What do you think is better – a person showing up on American Idol and giving a terrible audition yet not listening to the judges advice and going home to spend thousands of dollars and hours on singing lessons or a person who listens to good advice and goes home and tries something else that they’re good at? The second person sounds a lot smarter to me.
So if you’re floundering in your major or career and are having a hard time reaching your dream it may be because you are chasing the wrong thing. To check if you are majoring in the right degree talk to a career counselor at your school. Even online schools have great resources.
They have plenty of assessment devices and tests you can take that will identify your natural skills and talents and then you can begin to match those up with the right major and career. This is often a scary task, but if you are willing to accept the fact you may need to make some changes, you will have won half the battle. If your assessments come back and what you’re doing seems to be a good fit, try to elicit help from others around you like classmates, teachers, and friends.