In this blog post, you’ll learn how to figure out what to do with your career in 2019, even if you don’t know what your next best career step is.
As we come to the end of the year, many of us are starting to reflect on what went well and what didn’t go so well.
Something I’ve noticed all my clients discover, is they don’t want their career to stay stagnant. Even though they haven’t enjoyed work in a while, they’ve been in the routine of getting up, going to work, coming home and doing it all over again.
Except this time, they no longer want to do this routine. Have you too reached a point where you’ve thought “I don’t want to do this any more? There must be more to life?”
If you’ve felt this way too, I want you to know you’re not alone. No matter how young or experienced you are, or what situation you’re in, I’ve found all of us get triggered by the same things.
Whether it’s seeing how fast time has passed and feeling like you’re not where you imagined being. Or it becomes clear there’s no room for growth at the company you work for. Or whether you run a business that’s not working and is creating more stress and frustration rather than fulfillment in your life.
The worst part of it all… is that you don’t know what role you want to do next.
This is frustrating because even though you know there’s a better role for you out there, you don’t know what “better” looks like.
So what do you do?
Let’s start with what not to do.
A mistake you want to avoid is asking people what you “should” do. The fact you’re reading this tells me you’d like advice on what to do.
And I get it. Asking for advice feels like a natural thing to do… but here’s the thing.
I may be talking myself out of business, but one thing I know for sure is the only person who knows what’s right for your career isn’t me, isn’t a career expert, it isn’t your friends, family, husband or wife. It’s you.
The reason you’re struggling to find the answer, is you’ve forgotten to find the answers within yourself. You’ve forgotten what it feels like to follow your gut and know with a 100% confidence you’ve made the right decision. Maybe because you’ve made decisions before and it didn’t work out.
For example, have you ever had that moment when you lost something in your home and you can’t find it? It’s frustrating right.
Well just the other day I was getting ready to go for a run and I couldn’t find clean running socks. Frustrated I thought aloud, “Urgh, I’ve lost so many socks… maybe I need to buy new ones.”
And then it dawned on me. My knee jerk reaction when I can’t find something is to buy a replacement. It’s to ask someone to fix the problem for me…
The reality is, even though I think I’ve lost my socks. I haven’t. Losing something like socks implies you’ve lost something that can’t be recovered.
When this isn’t always true. It’s impossible to lose my socks because the only place they could be is in my home.
If I can’t find them, it’s because I can’t see them clearly. To find them, I’d need to organise my drawers and laundry to finally and clearly see where they are. Needless to say, within moments of organsing everything, I found all the socks I was looking for.
Figuring out what to do next in your career is sort of similar. If you haven’t found the answers yet, it doesn’t mean they aren’t within you. You simply haven’t had the answers revealed to you yet.
If and when you organise your thoughts, the answers will be revealed to you.
To organise your thoughts, take time out for yourself to think about your career. The deeper and more honest thoughts you have, the sooner the answers you’re looking for will be revealed to you.
Instead of having random thoughts or conversations about work at random parts of the day and forgetting your thoughts and conversations, take a few hours to yourself every weekend and journal. Write down your dreams, your fears, what’s been holding you back, what you don’t want to do and what you care about.
Writing everything down in an organised way over a period of time will help you get present to what career move is right for you.
If you want help organising your thoughts, I invite you to grab My Career Change Journal. It’s a digital journal filled with questions to help you get clear on what you want to do next in your career. To get this journal click here.