Not sure what you want?
Join the club!
Uncertainty abounds especially as we navigate a post-pandemic return to work and evaluate whether we want to go back to our lives as they were.
A recent Inc. article indicated that people aren’t just leaving jobs, they’re reevaluating what success means to them.
But… where do you start?
How do you know what you want if you haven’t yet gotten what you want?
I hear from clients every week who are eager to redefine their careers, their priorities, and their lives.
They don’t know what they want. They only know it’s not the same as before.
And that lack of knowledge leaves them feeling like they’re on a roller coaster, sometimes up, often down, and never knowing what’s around the bend.
It can be overwhelming to start from scratch.
There’s a whole lot of nothingness there.
It’s like staring at a blank page and wishing the perfect story would write itself.
But that’s the point.
It’s your blank page.
You get to fill it as you wish.
Ask yourself five key questions based on the 5 W’s you likely learned in elementary school:
WHO do I want to be?
WHAT do I want to do?
WHERE do I see myself thriving?
WHEN do I want to make this happen?
WHY is this important to me?
Once you sketch out the answers to the 5 W’s, you can then move on to that extra question, the one that puts desire into doing and hopes into happenings.
HOW will I make this happen?
Start with a blank page. Fill it with feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Turn those early inklings into action plans. Jumpstart your own next chapter.
Want a guide for journaling? Download the Commander-in-She Six Career Questions to get started!
And for more tips to get out of your head and into your life, check out “Fire Your Narrator! A Storyteller’s Guide to Getting Out of Your Head and Into Your Life.”
It’s Your Story… What Happens Next?
Valerie Gordon is a lifelong storyteller, a humorist and blogger at Commander-in-She, and a corporate trainer through her career and communication strategy firm The Storytelling Strategist. She works with clients to harness the power of strategic storytelling to build strong teams and grow satisfying careers.