When I was growing up, there were two messages that were pretty strong in my family.
1. Finish school and go to college.
2. Get a good job.
My mom was raising me and my little sister on her own and we didn’t have a whole lot of money. But what my family DID have was high expectations for me.
And I worked very hard to not only meet, but exceed them.
I did finish school and go to college.
Then, I went on to grad school.
Then, I went on to build a great career in my field.
As I got older, however, many of my goals drifted away from the original vision that my family had for me.
Maybe I didn’t want to have a “good job.” Maybe I wanted to work for myself and be my own boss instead.
Maybe I didn’t want to get married and buy a house and have babies. Maybe I wanted to stay single and childless and travel the world instead.
Over time, I got clearer on what my true goals were and how I could achieve them.
Although my family loves me dearly, they have not always been able to understand and support those goals.
And it’s taken me a while to be OK with that.
Because one of the hardest things about your journey is realizing that it’s YOUR journey. Not anyone else’s.
You can’t expect everyone to approve of or even understand the big goals you have for your life.
I mean, my grandmother still doesn’t get why I want to travel all around the world like a “gypsy” LOL.
Don’t be discouraged just because your family and friends are not supportive. You don’t need their validation.
But you DO need to believe in yourself, your purpose and your vision.
Don’t allow yourself to be limited by other people’s fears and insecurities.
There is infinite possibility for your life!
You can do anything you want and no one can hold you back…except YOU.
All you have to do is be willing to step out of the status quo, narrow-minded thinking and step into the abundant life that’s waiting for you.
Leave a comment: Are you waiting for permission and approval from your friends and family to pursue your big goals? If so, why?