To stick with the theme of “finding your own version of success” from my last post, today, I want to share some ideas on how you can get from where you are to where you want to be.
For most of us, we don’t just wake up one day and have it all figured out – wouldn’t that be nice though?! Over time and through various opportunities and experiences, we discover what don’t like, what we like, and what we absolutely love. When you’re passionate about a lot of things, sometimes your path can get messy – it won’t be clearcut. With so many options, how can you decide what’s worth pursuing?
Don’t limit your dreams – prioritize them.
Leading up to graduation, I felt a little lost. I couldn’t find my path right away, which gave me the perfect opportunity to make my own. During this time, I did some soul searching, which for me means making lots and lots of lists and jotting down random tidbits of information and thoughts all over sticky notes and random pieces of paper.
I took this jumbled chaos and rewrote it all into an organized, flexible plan. I thought about where I saw myself going in the next couple of years, made my plan, and got right to work investing in my hobbies and sending out cover letters.
Need help starting your plan? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What are you passionate about?
- What makes you the happiest?
- How can you incorporate your passion and happiness into your career?
- What does your relationship/family/living situation look like in the next 5-10 years?
- What type of work environment do you see yourself in? (corporate setting, home office, etc.)
- What would you like to accomplish in your career?
- What areas would you like to dedicate time to improving?
- What short-term and long-term actions can you take to start actively working towards your goals?
- What makes you feel confident and good about yourself?
Get started today! If in 6 months when you revisit this list and find that you are facing different circumstances or you’ve discovered something you didn’t equate for earlier, change it around. You are in control of your own path. No one can sit down and make the hard decisions for you. Your future is reliant on the actions you take now.
To end this on an extra rock ‘n’ roll note (typical), I wanna throw a Led Zeppelin lyric at ya, “though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea.”
You may not have everything all figured out now, but just taking the time to think about the direction you are heading puts you one step closer to your dreams. Everything truly happens for a reason. Opportunities that are meant for you will find you when you need them most.
Take a deep breath, focus, and the rest will come.