Last year, every morning before I went into my day job, I would sit in the dark in the parking lot listening to a few songs.
Because every dream needs a soundtrack.
Every dream needs some musical encouragement along the way. We all need a theme song that, like Rocky, keeps us secretly believing we do indeed have the eye of the tiger.
Especially on Monday mornings. That’s when the soundtrack needs to be turned up the loudest. It’s the start of a new week. You’ve got something you’d love to be doing full time. You’ve got an idea that maybe this day job you’re about to go into isn’t your final destination. You’ve got a passion you’d love to be doing with every hour of the day.
But, for now, you’ve got to commute to a day job that’s not the dream job. You want to be a Quitter, but you’ve to go put in 8 hours or 10 hours doing something that isn’t “the thing” you feel called to do. That’s OK. Dreams take time. Patience is a tremendous gift to give your dream. Along the way, though, as you work on closing the gap between your day job and your dream job, make sure you keep the music going.
Make a soundtrack on your iPhone. Burn a CD you keep for difficult commutes. Find a theme song that becomes your anthem.
It will sound silly, but it’s not. I did it for years, and I still do it when I’ve got to travel and face a particularly daunting task.
Over the next few months, on some Monday mornings, I’ll share a few songs from my personal soundtrack. I hope they motivate you, inspire you, and maybe even make you pop and/or lock a little as you get ready to do your absolute best at your day job while you prepare for your dream job.
“Triumphant” from Royskopp.
I love the way this song builds slowly. It’s great “walk through the lobby of your day job” music. Check out the video below.
What songs are on your dream soundtrack?