The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. – John Morgan and Ewing Webb
Are you letting yourself explore your career options while enjoying the journey? Are you letting yourself get a glimpse of what your perfect work would look like?
Many are unrealistic. They expect to have their career and life goals all figured out in one sitting. When things twist and turn and don’t go as planned, they loose momentum. Most don’t realize they have an option – let things flow, evolve and take shape.
Ultimately, it comes down to taking time to let yourself see options and opportunities, then acting on them. But, where does the pressure come from?
For some, trial and error is stressful. Take going back to school. Some enroll in programs and find over time it isn’t what they want. Then, beat themselves up for not knowing it wouldn’t work. Talk about pressure!
This can also happen with jobs that aren’t a perfect fit. Instead of seeing a job as a temporary learning opportunity, many see it as a life sentence. When things don’t go as planned, they feel trapped thinking they’re stuck, not realizing they can make a change.
I have a friend who as done a great job of going with her career flow, living life fully on her meandering path. Her perfect career took shape over a 15-year process. Taking classes and exploring her options lead her to her dream job.
Her undergraduate degree was in English; she’s an excellent writer. She was also passionate about the environment because of her love for nature and wildlife. This led to a masters degree in environmental communications. This would combine her writing skills in a field she enjoyed. Yet, she kept asking, “What is my life purpose?”
During her graduate school years, she would come to realize her strongest passion – working directly with animals. Her love for animals was so strong that she applied to vet school. It became her life goal and life purpose.
To be accepted, she had to go back to school to include more science coursework! So, that’s what she did. Once she completed vet school, she went on to live out her dream job and life purpose as a practicing veterinarian.
The truth is, you may not know what you like until you try it. Yes, it may take time, trial and error, and many twists and turns to find what best suits you.
If you take that accounting course and find you aren’t into all the details, now you know! Or maybe you think you want to be a teacher but find that dealing with kids is harder than what you thought.
Thinking about it is one thing and actually trying it is another.
At the end of the day, you have the opportunity to change your mind, your direction and keep learning! All the while living you life to the fullest, enjoying the twists, turns, and curves on your career journey.
What steps can you take today towards your goals? Feel free to leave a comment below.