Is there a destiny within you unfulfilled and an opportunity you are still waiting for? I cannot imagine anyone will honestly answer ‘no, I have achieved everything and am completely content’.
We absolutely should have aspirations and goals. But often these are ‘shackled’ by people and environments that keep us small.
A person can be in an environment where they are hoping for an opportunity to prove they ARE the right person to invest in. That they have the knowledge, expertise and experience to make ‘pure gold’. Months become years, years becomes years and years and nothing happens.
If the people that you pitch to (metaphorically or physically) constantly overlook you, fail to nominate and cheerlead you, and are simply nodding in all the right places, there comes the time when you must acknowledge that if they truly believed in you, as much as you believe in you, they would have promoted you by now.
We have to be our own biggest cheerleaders. We are the masters of our own destiny. Life teaches you it is not always in the interests of those around you for you to rise and grow. That the safe and predictable small version of you is actually what suits their narrative. And this is where you stay until you realise it.
In the movie Forrest Gump, the child character starts to walk then run with his leg braces: as his confidence grows he gathers momentum, the braces break off and he begins to run faster and further, he runs, and runs, and runs. He achieves recognition. He has control of his destiny. It is a succinct and beautiful movie metaphor.
Say or write positive goals and aspirations daily – don’t refer to them as dreams as this implies they aren’t real and merely ‘may’ come true. Read writings from professional role models in your field. And importantly, let go of the people or institutions keeping you small and allow yourself to grow. Believe in yourself and build your life plan, for without a plan nothing comes to fruition.
You have to be the biggest investor in you.