What’s Holding you Back from Achieving your Career Goals?

October 7, 2019 | 0

What’s Holding you Back from Achieving your Career Goals?

According to a recent survey, only 22% of Americans say they are working in their dream job. For younger workers, that number was significantly lower. Only 12% of respondents between 18 and 34 years of age said they had found their dream jobs. The percentage rises slightly to over 15% for people between 35 and 49 years of age. It continues to rise from there but never reaches 50% for any age range.

While those stats might not surprise you, it begs the question of what is holding people back. Why do only 22% of Americans say they found their dream job? And what might be holding people back?

An engaging conversation on this very issue took place in our Trapped in an OP Facebook group. Dozens of people replied. Of course, in true Dental Hub 360 style, members replied to each other to offer guidance and support, too.

Here is what members reported as the most common things holding people back. Do you struggle with any of these?

Believing that Achieving Your Dream Job is Possible

What’s Holding you Back from Achieving your Career Goals?

Mindset was a common response from members who hadn’t achieved their goals. Some questioned whether their dream job existed. Others questioned whether it was possible for them to achieve their dream job, even if it did exist.

Believing that achieving your dream job is possible is a powerful mindset shift. If you don’t believe it’s possible, you will not put a plan together and do the hard work it would take to achieve it. If you do, the only thing left to learn is “how” to achieve it. Once you know how to achieve your goals, it’s only a matter of time before you achieve them. All you need to do is take the steps necessary to get from where you are now to where you want to go.

Do you believe that achieving your dream job is possible? If not, why? Let us know in the comments or join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Committing to Doing the Work to Achieve Your Goal

If achieving your career goals were easy, a much higher percentage of people would report working in their dream job. But 78% of Americans were not. Achieving anything meaningful in life will take work. It will take time. It will have ups and downs. But if it’s important enough to us, we can do the hard work it will take to achieve our goals.

What work do you need to do to achieve your goal? Do you need more education? Do you need to network with different people? All the above? Write down all the things you need to do and make sure you’re doing them on a consistent basis!

Having a Solid, Written Plan

What’s Holding you Back from Achieving your Career Goals?

Having a solid, written plan for how you can achieve your goal will significantly increase the likelihood of you doing so. This is true in any area of your life. Study after study confirms this to be true.

So, if you’re not working in your dream job, take some time to learn what you’ll need to do to achieve it. Then write down the steps you need to take to do so. After listing the steps, apply it to your life. Will you take action every morning before work? After work? Before bed? On the weekends? Fit the work into your life and write down the steps you will take and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals.


Fear is one of the biggest factors holding people back. We fear telling people about our goals and failing to achieve them. To avoid that embarrassment, we keep our dreams to ourselves and accept a mediocre life. Or we fear what people think about our goals. We fear being teased by family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. We even fear success! Many people fear achieving their goals and not being able to sustain that success. The list goes on.

If you feel anxiety or other emotional reactions even thinking about your goals, fear might be holding you back.

Competing Time and Money Commitments

What’s Holding you Back from Achieving your Career Goals?

Time and money constraints are common obstacles holding people from achieving their goals. Some people work two or three jobs and still live paycheck to paycheck. They can’t invest time or money networking or pursuing additional education to change course.

If time or money constraints are holding you back, one option is to move slower or more strategically. Join free Facebook groups like Dental Hub 360, Nifty Thrifty Dentists, or Trapped in an OP to start networking with great people. You can meet great people around the world without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Read books, watch free webinars, or combine the vacation you budget for with continuing education with Smiles at Sea or similar investment. You could learn new skills and meet even more people without spending significantly more time or money than you were planning already.

Are you working in your dream job?

If you’re not working your dream job, one of these things might be holding you back. But there is hope! If you want help, start by joining one of our supportive communities, Trapped in an Op, Nifty Thrifty Dentists, and Dental Hub 360 today. You’ll find thousands of people ready to support you!