Are you at a crossroads in your life? Trying to figure outÂ which direction toÂ goÂ personally or professionally? Chances are, you’re not alone.Â Â Â A wise woman once said (it was actually my mom) “If you don’t know where to go, thenÂ maybe you shouldÂ stay rightÂ where you are currently,Â at least for the time being.”
I’m notÂ exactlyÂ the typeÂ who canÂ hold still for long, especially when it comes to pursuing my goals,Â but IÂ can certainlyÂ findÂ wisdom inÂ her words.Â If you are indeedÂ at a point in your life where youÂ just don’t know what’sÂ next,Â then it is probably bestÂ that youÂ doÂ takeÂ a pause and come up with a plan.Â Self-reflection is a great start to this process.Â Think aboutÂ your personal traits- yourÂ personality,Â your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes,Â your motivations, what makes you happy or unhappy, your values.Â Â WriteÂ your thoughts downÂ on paper.Â Â When you have everythingÂ written down in front of youÂ take an honest look atÂ the results.Â Process what you have written and once you understand who you are, then youÂ can better understand what you can achieve and how to go about it.
Your next step is toÂ write down what you are passionate about.Â Think of things that you love doing so much thatÂ you would do it for free orÂ thingsÂ thatÂ you are very knowledgeable aboutÂ and talented at.Â Treat this Â like a brainstorming session in which nothing is off limits-even if you’ve thought about working with animals at your local veterinarian, write down whateverÂ comes to mindÂ and take an honest look at the results.Â Next, make realistic pairingsÂ between your personal traitsÂ and your brainstorming ideas.Â Narrow your list by thinking of what you can realistically do with your talents and where there is truly a need.Â Once you’ve narrowedÂ your list downÂ then do your research.
If yourÂ goal is to improve yourselfÂ professionally, your research should include someÂ industries that have a need forÂ what you are passionate about.Â If you plan to start your own business, find out what your niche is and performÂ further research on your competitors and target market demographics.Â If you want to improve your career,Â find out what toolsÂ you will need in orderÂ to move to the next promotableÂ level or to make aÂ change alltogether.Â Â Finally, if your list was madeÂ to make personal improvements,Â utilize your research to find self-help or professional resources for healing and growth.Â In the meantime, take enjoyment out of your journey to self-discovery, because whatever you choose to do, yourÂ doing itÂ because you love it!