Ever think about running a marathon, but end up not doing so because the intimidation of the 26.2 miles beats you? Ever want to get ‘fit’ and go to the gym more often to lose weight and feel better, but life just gets in the way? These are just 2 examples of goals we set for ourselves, but manage to fall short.
But why do we fall short? Is it a lack of determination or desire, probably not. Instead our failures are due to a lack of planning. We have these grand ideas or goals yet never follow through due to not knowing how to get to our desired goals! So why do people not plan? For some planning requires thinking about a topic that is difficult for them and therefore becomes overwhelming. Before you know it people immediately move onto something else the moment the feeling of overwhelm hits them because it is just easier to quit then to sit still and try to plan something you’re unfamiliar with. You want to change your career and transition to something you would enjoy more. You seek a career that is personally and financially rewarding. You are looking for a career that you look forward to on Mondays. But what is that new career? What do you really want to do next that you’ll enjoy for at least the next 5 years? So you decide today is the day you start looking for a career change. Maybe you do some research, start applying to jobs and talk to a few people about your new search. Then a few weeks go by, you get rejection emails from the companies you applied to and none of your friends can help you with your new career search. All of sudden you’re depressed and have 1 tenth the energy to keep looking and you reside to the fact you’re just meant to be where you are and never any better. Just like a marathon or losing weight for determining a new career you must go beyond just wanting to achieve such a goal. You must put pen to paper and put together a detailed plan. Such a plan will provide you a roadmap of where you want to end up and more importantly how to get to your goal! Successful marathon runners and those who are ‘fit’ do not magically achieve these goals, but instead have learned what does & does not work and then follow their plan.
With all of that said you are probably thinking, ‘but I do not know what I want to do next!’ and that’s okay. A lot of people including myself have thought this and not knowing what you want to do next is a challenging hurdle, but it is one that can be jumped!
Tell me where you get stuck in determining a new career for yourself.