Live Into Your Questions | Finding Your Path to a Career Change
I get asked a lot about how I made the decision to change my career. It seems there are a lot of other people out there that have been feeling in limbo with their career or are unsure about the next step.
Most of the people I speak to are living in a state of frustration mainly because they don’t know what they want to do for a living. In some cases, they can’t even identify what they are passionate about. They all are certain, however, that what they are currently doing isn’t fulfilling them anymore, and they want out!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret about when I made my professional leap. This may surprise, and even disappoint you.
There was no earth shattering epiphany. I didn’t know for sure that it was the right thing. I didn’t wake up one morning with a vision and shout; “THAT’S IT!” There was no brilliant ‘aha’ moment where I said this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
What did happen, was I got patient with myself and I listened to what I knew was true. There was something calling me down this path, so I owed it to myself to follow it and just check it out for a while.
Sometimes I still question about where this all will lead and what the future may bring, but I don’t get caught up in that, and just make sure that I’m enjoying what I’m doing today, and that I’m still making a difference. Right now. If it stops being inspiring or enjoyable, I’ll take another look around.
It’s not a trap and we are all free to move around.
I didn’t wait until I had it all figured out, to make a change. I still don’t have it ALL figured out. (P.S. no one ever does!)
I had the clarity and the courage to decide that this is what I wanted to do NOW and I started to focus my energy each and every day on doing what I enjoy, today.
All I can do if shed some light from personal experience, and hope that it ignites something in you. For now, if you are wondering what your next move is, start by just trying to let go of the need to figure it all out for the rest of your life and see what it could feel like to just focus on what you enjoy doing now.
It doesn’t mean that this is forever and if I could attribute one breakthrough moment in my journey, it came from realizing that I can always change my mind.
Here’s the thing, you have something in you that lights you up and you know what it is. To say that you don’t know is doing a disservice to yourself. Take a look at those little ideas that you have that you have said “one day” or “that would be so amazing to do” and ask yourself how you can turn those little nuggets into something, today.
It’s not to say that you have to quit your job and start your own business tomorrow or go back to University to study in that field, but just start exploring what that could possibly look like and stop pretending like it’s too small, or too big, or that it’s not realistic. Those little words are what keep holding you back from your potential.
So close your eyes, take a deep breath, and take one step into your questions, and towards that little nugget.