As a child we often dream the most amazing things. We see our future through rainbow lenses of hope and wonder. Some dream of being firemen or superheroes, some dream of being doctors or vets. Some want to be valiant knights or beautiful Princesses. Within every child is placed a seed of greatness and a desire for the more of life. Yet what happens when we grow up?
Today I asked my younger colleague a question – “what do you see yourself doing in 20 years”? It was a challenging question but the response didn’t surprise me. She mentioned a particular role and position. I asked her why not aspire for something more, something higher. In a very typical Singaporean response, she said “huh, cannot la!”.
Recently, the Human Capital Leadership Institute published a study called “HR Leadership Stall Points”. In it, they explored the reasons why the next generation leaders in regional HR functions weren’t making the jump to the top HR role. They identified five key stall points, but can you guess what was the main tripping point?
Perhaps some would say opportunities or technical skills. Surprisingly that wasn’t the case. The top reason why people weren’t making the jump to the top role – Lack of Self Confidence!
Somewhere along the way, we grew older but many of us stopped believing in ourselves and in our potential. If your 8 year old self spoke to you today, would he or she be happy with what you are doing with your life now?
There’s a plan and purpose for your life because you were created with a sense of the eternal, a sense for the more in your heart.
Don’t stop believing in yourself. If you have, start finding people around you who believe in your future and destiny wholeheartedly.
If you’ve stopped dream, dream again. 20 years is a long time and you can do amazing things if you invest wisely. Don’t stop trying! As Thomas Edison said “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work”.
Believe in yourself, because we certainly do! Press on, enter into the fullness of your dreams and astound yourself!