Half a year ago, I was just leaving a prestigious public relations internship in Washington, D.C., to focus on finding a “real” job. I knew my dream was to move to the West Coast for the perfect job and it’s something I refused to give up on. But it wasn’t just a dream. I told my loved ones that it was going to happen—I just knew it. For years, I thought of how happy I was going to be on the West Coast. Sure enough, I managed to land this amazing career at Kirvin Doak Communications.
Yes, I had a pretty good résumé. Yes, I was charming enough during the interviews. Nonetheless, in my mind, that’s not what made my dreams come true. Call me crazy, but I call it the power of positive thinking.
It all started when I checked out The Secret, a book about positive thinking. I became bored after the first few chapters, but still found myself intrigued with the concept. Could someone really make things happen just by constantly thinking about and envisioning them? I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try. I have to admit not everything worked out the way I wanted, but my life has significantly improved since then.
You can think positively all you want, but you still have to get rid of toxicity in your life if you want to make progress. That leads me to tell you, “Never say never.” I know, I know. It’s a Justin Bieber album and film. But it was one of my favorite sayings before he even turned double digits. Anyway, thinking of the word “never” with one of your dreams really isn’t going to help. It’s going to do the opposite and drag you down. If I thought to myself, “Ugh, I’m never going to score a job on the West Coast that I love,” would I be here? Most definitely not.
It doesn’t even have to be about your career. It can deal with anything—friends, love, family, money, etc. Just always have hope, think positive and avoid being a Debbie Downer. Oh yeah, and never say never.
As I end this post, I’m going to leave you with a quote I stumbled upon during homework for English lit many years ago.
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau
Best wishes for your hopes and dreams,