What if you’re not happy with your job, but you’re not sure what you want to do with your life? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started figuring it out:
1. Make a list of what you enjoy. What makes you happy?
2. Make a list of things that put you in the zone. When do you lose all sense of time and space?
3. Make a list of things that give you purpose. What do you feel you can contribute that is meaningful? What is your special talent?
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It’s ok to not know what you want, and maybe you won’t figure it out right away. Spend some time reflecting on the list above. A lot of times we’ve chosen our careers based on what will make our families happy, and it’s only after working in an unfulfilling job for a few years do we take a step back and figure out our own desires.
Have you made a career change? Please share what you did and how you made your decision.
Be sure to check out Figuring Out What You Want: Part II and Figuring Out What You Want Part III: Using a Personal Mission Statement.