Maybe you’re thinking of changing your career, reinventing yourself.
Problem is you don’t exactly know what to do next. You’re not even sure you know what you want.
The good thing (or bad depending on how you think about it) is that you’re not alone. Figuring out what you want to do for a job or your career, in general, is a frustrating undertaking for lots of people.
This just isn’t a skill that many of us have. Think about it. Have you ever been trained how to do this?
We’re expected to simply KNOW what we want. Intuitively. At a gut-level.
There’s certainly a population of people who are lucky. They knew from a young age what they wanted to do. My brother always knew he wanted to be a doctor. So that’s what he did.
But for many of us, that’s just not the case.
The Best Way To Find Out What You Want To Do
You try different things and discover along the way.
I have friends who are happy with their work-lives, and they tell me they stumbled upon their careers. Some discovered their best career as they were trying on different hats; some evolved into it.
I myself, fall into this category. My first career was built on the back of an education—an Accounting degree—that I didn’t pick for myself. I knew early on, it wasn’t something I’d want to do long term. Along the way, I figured out what I wanted to do, and took opportunities to pivot and reinvent.
This is the best way. Keep trying different things. Be open to opportunities that will allow you to play different roles. Be curious about other careers. Talk to different people with different work-lives. Find out what they do and how they do it. In the process, you will discover yourself and your own path.
The Second Best Way To Find Out What You Want To Do
What if you don’t have the time to do all that? What if there just aren’t opportunities for you to try different things?
You simulate the experience. You find some time to think. Often, we already know what we want. We just need to find a way to discover it ourselves.
Do a bit of introspective work. It helps to write it down and get your thoughts out of your head. Tap into your inner knowing, and tease out what’s buried underneath.
Ask a coach or mentor to help you suss it all out. Hearing yourself talk (or reading what you’ve written) helps sort out jumbled thoughts.
Be careful about talking with family and friends, though. Sometimes they may inadvertently sway you to think one way because that’s what they want for you.
Is There Another Way?
Okay. So all that experiential, trial and error may be the best way to figure out what you want, but it is time-consuming and challenging to execute.
And introspection isn’t all that easy either. It can get so frustrating, going ‘round and ‘round, and never getting to an answer.
What if you had some kind of map to guide you, so you know what to think about, what to consider, what to discard?
What if you had some kind of methodology, so you can avoid going in circles?
What if you had a tested process to follow, so you can do this analysis step by step?
Well, I’ve put together FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT, just for that.
Using FOWYW to figure out what you want is like cooking with an old trusted recipe book.
You’ll know what to ask yourself. You’ll know how to discover the clues buried in your past experiences. You’ll know how to put it all together so you can see a picture of your desired work-life.
FOWYW gives you a process that’s been tested over and over.
It’s based on my own research. I’ve applied it many times in my one-on-one consulting work, to help individuals figure out their career path. And I’ve used it myself when I decided to reinvent myself. So, with FOWYW, you’ll get a set of processes that’s been tested and tweaked many times over.
FOWYW is a do-it-yourself method of figuring out what you want.
Not everybody has access to a coach. If you’re a good DIY-er, FOWYW is the proxy. It will help you do the work without the benefit of a coach or a mentor. You can do it on your time, at your own pace. And it provides you with a simple means to write down and record your thoughts so you can review your analysis over and over.
Figure Out What You Want is the difference between “winging it” and knowing your path.