A Few Practical Thoughts & Ideas About How To Find Your Ideal Career
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Picture this: You’ve had another soul-destroying day at in a job that you absolutely despise. How did you end up in this place? This wasn’t part of the life plan!
You’ve worked hard, you’ve even followed all the rules, you’re desperate to get out of the mundane ‘career rut’ you’re currently in, but you just don’t know what to do about it.
“But I’m not good at anything,” says the nagging voice inside your head. “I’m not good at doing anything else”.
One day, you’re discussing how bored you are with your current job, and a well-intended friend responds with, “Well, what do you want to do with your life? What would your ideal career look like?” Yeah, thanks for that.
If only it were that easy to choose what to do with our life, right?
Whether you want to do a full 180-degree career turnaround, or just make a minor shift away from whatever it is that you’re currently doing, choosing the ‘right’ next career move can seem like a very daunting task!
There are many options to choose from, and how will you ever know if you’re passionate about something until you’ve given it a try? Right?!
At the age of 17 I joined the British Army, and while I found some enjoyment from this career option (for a few years when I was young), the day came where I knew that it was time to terminate my Military service and do something more meaningful with my life.
In honesty, before the day came that I handed back my uniform and military ID card, I’d spend more time fantasising about just ‘not being in the Army anymore’ than what I had done to how I was going to spend the rest of my life.
Although it took me only five minutes to leave the Army, it took many years to work out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. A wise man once said, that ‘he who fails to plan, plans to fail’ – and how right he was. In the years that followed my military service, I failed miserably at life.
While there aren’t any shortcuts or simple formula’s for planning a major life transition (or career transition), I’ve found that breaking the question down, ‘What am I going to do next …’ into a few smaller ones can be a useful way to get started.
If you’re ready to start planning your next life move (or find your ideal career), take a few minutes to answer the questions below. There aren’t any right or wrong answers; there are only honest and dishonest ones.
So, whenever you’re ready … get set … GO:
Qu 1. What skills, talents or abilities do you have that you are naturally good at, and are passionate about using?
Qu 2. What skills, talents or abilities do you have that you are NOT excited about using?
Qu 3. What tasks, jobs or specific activities have you done in the past that you dislike and never want to do again?
Qu 4. What would do with your life if you no longer cared about what other people think about you?
Qu 5. What would do with your life if you no longer wanted to make a name for yourself, or maintain a reputation with others?
Qu 6. What hobbies/ interests do you have that intrigue you and that you might consider pursuing as a future career?
Qu 7. If you had the chance to start your life all over again from scratch, what would you do differently next time around?
Note: You might want to make some notes …
Once you’re finished answering these questions, take a chance to consider your answers and identify any visible patterns or common themes.
Maybe these patterns involve you being more creative, helping other people in some way or even starting out working for yourself in some way?
Your answers might not point to one single career path, but recognising what’s important to you, what you enjoy and what you value is a solid starting point for fine-tuning what you want to do next in your next career, and also for the rest of your life.
As you begin considering some new options for a career change, don’t allow fear or insecurity to stop you from getting passionate about the unlimited possibilities of what you might accomplish in the forthcoming years. With patience and perseverance, you will find an ideal career.
If you’re currently working a dead-end job that you hate, it might take a few years to get financially sustainable in your own business doing something you love, but this doesn’t mean those things are impossible – it just means you have some work to do. And that’s OK!
There are many life and business coaches out there who might disagree with me, but I wholeheartedly encourage you to build a business around something you love doing – If you’d even be willing to consider this?
If you’ve come thus far and only want to get another job, there are plenty of professions out there where you can combine your current skillset with your passions to do at least do something you enjoy.
Brian Grazer, the author of ‘A Curious Mind’, claimed that the start of any new journey is always slightly nerve-wracking. But it’s curiosity that gives us the power to change.
Most people don’t know what they’re capable of in life because they seldom step outside of the comfort zone and try anything new that they haven’t already tried before. This is the formula that keeps people from going anywhere in life.
Nothing will change about your life or your career until you decide to step out and change – but granted, change can be scary, and it’s very seldom easy!
To help you along with this process (if you’re willing to go there), download my free workbook about finding your passion and purpose in life. It won’t take you too long to complete, and trust me, the rest of your life will thank you for it!
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