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Secrets to career success

Janet Teas is a contributing writer to the SheKnows Home channel, where she writes about gardening and home decorating.

Achieving your dream career

The secret to life isn’t about winning the lottery or being famous, it’s about connecting with yourself and those you love. One way to find yourself is through your true vocation. Whether you’re pursuing a career path or making the world a better place, you need to feel that you’re in a successful and meaningful livelihood. Here are some steps to help put you on the path to turning career dreams into reality.

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1Get in touch with your career dreams

Take a time-out from life's distractions and set aside some quiet time just for you. Take this time to dream about and imagine how you want your life to be in the future and what kind of work you would like to do. Remember when you were a little girl and how alive your dreams made you feel. Did you dream of being a nurse or an astronaut? Today, what scenarios make you feel alive and make your heart sing? Find them — then don't be afraid to pursue them.

2Break through career barricades

Banish that nagging little voice in your head that's telling you all the reasons you can't have what you want. Focus on what's really important — you and achieving your dreams. Oh, and ignore any naysayers you meet along the way. They often have their own agenda and don't want you to spoil it by rocking their world. Breaking through barriers is a first step to getting out into the world and succeeding in your chosen career.

3Create career courage

Once you get in touch with your dreams and desires, you may discover that you'd like to change careers or re-enter the workforce. That's OK. Don't be afraid to shift gears — it's the best way to learn about yourself and it will get you closer to what you really want out of life. Remember, your greatest fear is often masking your greatest potential, so believe your dream is possible and be inspired to make necessary changes.

4Thoughts, words, actions

Support your dreams by setting goals that help turn your thoughts into words and your words into actions. Take a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns. In the first column, list where you are right now in your career. Include all the aspects you wish to change. In the second column, list what you want your career to be or involve. Include all the aspects you want to achieve. Then start working towards getting what you want.

5Set your career path

Plan the steps necessary to achieve your dreams, then put those steps into action. It may mean going back to college or setting up a home office so you can work from home. Celebrate and reward yourself each step of the way,  especially when you achieve a goal — it makes your goals real and keeps you motivated.

6Be with positive people

View the world as a positive place instead of feeling that your past is blocking your ability to realize your desires. Achieving your career dreams is easier when you surround yourself with people who believe in you, admire you and love you! If you have professional, social or spiritual mentors nearby, connect with them to help keep you focused and deal with the obstacles you may face as you dare to dream and pursue a better career.

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