Choosing a career path that’s right for you is a process. Here’s a tip that can help you get started.
The secret to finding the right job is this: take the first step
In a previous post, I talked about how to identify your passion. Once you’ve started to do that here’s the next thing to do: take a step in the right direction. Sounds simple, and it can be. This is something I always encourage my clients to do. (Interestingly enough, I read about this same idea in a recent article from the Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP) e-zine I receive.) Here’s the gist: Many of us want to find the perfect job and we want to know every single step we need to take, in sequence, to land it. Often, we won’t even take the first step until we have the full path mapped out. Somehow it feels safer that way, right? Sound familiar? I think it’s human nature, and unfortunately it usually doesn’t work that neatly.
So when my clients want to know all of the steps before getting started, I suggest that we first start putting the puzzle together piece by piece. Once an idea begins to form, we can start moving in that direction. For you, I suggest following your gut instinct, take a step in a direction that feels right, and allow yourself the freedom to explore options as you move forward. You’ll figure it out, I promise. The MAPP article states that you take a step in a direction and things become clearer, then you take another step and things become even clearer, and so on until you find your dream job. It is a process, a journey. For some it’s short, for others it may take a little longer. It just depends on your starting point and your willingness to keep stepping. So, I encourage you to start now: what one step can you take today that will move you forward towards your perfect job?