Questioning your abilities? Finding it difficult to believe in yourself? Struggling to believe your game plan will work in the civilian world?
These are all perfectly normal feelings to have as you prepare to leave the military. I can tell you this won’t be the only time you will come across these feeling, and I’d be lying if I said I never dealt with myself. As you will find once separated from the military, many of your fellow American citizens continue to struggle to make ends meet, though the economy is slowly getting better. If you want your plan to work in the civilian life, then start by working on a positive attitude, prepare to be dedicated, accept support, network with others, and if the civilian sector is ready to leave you behind, be ready to turn to your fellow veterans for inspiration.
The main stories we hear on the media for the for the most part tend to miss the inspirational stories of veterans doing great not only for themselves for their communities. The stories of struggling but overcoming to be as successful as one wants to be are the stories that get left behind. However, your fellow veterans are everywhere making a difference in this world and these are the stories we need for the sake of reminding ourselves that life may not be easy, but the will to achieve our goals should never fade. The great work our fellow veterans are doing in the civilian sector should be a reminder that you can get to where you want to in life, and many of them faced the obstacles that threatened them to quit, but they persisted to become what they are today.
So what are your fellow veterans doing in the civilian world these days?
– Becoming Entrepreneurs.
– Working towards a 4.0 in school.
– Creating the next big invention.
– Starting an organization for fellow veterans.
– Volunteering to help their community.
– Acting in a starting role.
– Creating art to ease their mind and help others who struggle too.
– Taking the stage at TED to share their idea.
– Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and not letting their disabilities stop them.
– Running for congress.
– Becoming leaders of fortune 500 companies.
– Finding ways to simply SMILE and be HAPPY in life.
The list goes on.
Although you may think this is nothing more than veterans working to make a living, it is their stories about the hard work and the struggles they endured to get to where they are today that truly is inspiring. Never be shy to turn to a fellow veteran in the civilian world for support and guidance, getting firsthand knowledge from someone who has been there and done that can make a huge difference for you looking to get the same results. You will be faced with many decisions in life, but with a little support from those who struggled and overcame, can make this process a bit more easier.