Hello and Happy New Year!
With the holidays behind you, you’re probably getting back into your normal routine. You may find yourself back at your desk at work, trying to get into the swing of things. If you’re unemployed, you’ve logged onto your computer and opened up your resume, and know it’s time to start the job search again. But somehow, after the holiday, something inside you shifted and what you are doing is suddenly not what you want to be doing. Rather than feeling motivated, you feel stuck.
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry – this is experience is normal, and very necessary. Often, when we take a hiatus from our day to day existence, we can see our lives with new eyes. And, the New Year brings a sense of renewal and the possibility of positive life changes. You have stepped away from your life long enough to gain a new perspective; you know that it’s time for a change. But, you probably don’t know what that change looks like.
Rather than panicking, or ignoring this feeling and going back to your usual patterns, take a deep breath and begin thinking about the life you want. An exciting new career might be right around the corner – and it may not look like anything you’ve dreamed of in the past.
So how do you find your next path? Here are some tips:
1). Listen. Start listening to your thoughts and feelings, look for clues as to what inspires you. If you pass a mural, for instance, and something inside you perks up, pause and look at the mural. What imagery do you see? What jumps out at you? If a friend is talking about a fun new class she’s taking and you feel a little bit jealous, that could mean that you want to further your education or take a class just for the heck of it. If that’s the case, follow your intuition and do it. Which brings me to:
2). Say “Yes.” We say “no” hundreds of times a day, for no reason and without knowing it. If a friend invites you to lunch with a group of people you don’t know, say “yes” and go. If you are driving to the gym and start thinking of walking across the Golden Gate Bridge instead, say “yes”, and turn your car around. These seemingly small choices add up, and can change the direction of your life.
3). Get out of your box. Sounds trite but it’s true. If you’re an administrative assistant but have always wanted to work with children, find an after school program or community center where you can work a few hours and gain experience. Maybe you’re an engineer and you are tired of your job but afraid to leave it for something less lucrative – pay attention to that feeling and begin making steps towards a career that fulfills you. The rest will fall into place.
Go ahead and make 2013 the best year of your life so far. You deserve it.