Maybe you’re thinking of changing your career, reinventing yourself.
Maybe it’s not even that drastic. You just want to get a better job. One that makes you feel like you’re making a difference while you’re making money. One that doesn’t make you dread Monday mornings.
The problem is you don’t exactly know what you want to do next. You’re not even sure you know what you want.
You’re wondering if you should be looking for a similar job in a new company. Or maybe change industries. Maybe it’s time to pivot ever so slightly into a different role.
Ugh. What to do! All this wondering is exactly why you’re stuck and not able to make the kind of career move you really want—need even—to make.
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 activity 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. A friend of mine had a goal since college that he wanted to be a partner in one of those big global auditing firms. So, that’s he worked after and that’s what he is today. He tells me he’s very happy and never once thought of doing anything different.
Hooray for them.
But for many of us, that’s just not the case, is it?
The Best Way To Find Out What You Want To Do
Really, the best way for us to discover our “thing”—our calling, our passion, or just simply, what we might want to do for our career—is to try different things.
Try on various hats and discover along the way, which one fits best.
I’ve spoken with many who are happy with their work and they tell me they merely stumbled upon their careers. They discovered their best careers as they were going about their business, just testing different jobs looking for what feels right for them.
Some discovered their best career as they were trying on different roles; 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.
Find some time to think and 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. Often, we already know what we want. We just need to find a way to discover it ourselves.
You could also work with a coach or seek a 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?
INTRODUCING FACING FORWARD
Facing Forward is a digital course and workbook that you can follow on your own, so you don’t have to stumble around, hoping that something hits the mark.
Using Facing Forward 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
Facing Forward 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 Facing Forward, you’ll get a set of processes that’s been tested and tweaked many times over.
Not everybody has access to a coach. If you’re a good DIY-er, Facing Forward 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.
Learn more about Facing Forward here.