It is not uncommon to one day stop, reflect on your life, and find out that you have veered off from your career goal. We all had best intentions for ourselves when we decided what our career path with, but there are a lot of people who are not utilizing the knowledge the acquired in school in their current line of work. While there are a lot of factors leading to this, should you find yourself in such a position, it is likely that you want to get back to your ‘True North.’
Consider a person who is an HST Lawyer dealing with a task when their real interest is writing children’s books. Does that sound familiar? What of a person selling Business Insurance because no opportunities were accorded to them to practice law? Everyone hopes to find career satisfaction in knowing what there are doing in life is meaningful and contributing to a cause higher than us. Should you find yourself in a space you wish to realign your life, here is an approach to try.
‘Why am I doing this?’
Ever done something for long that you have forgotten what the purpose of that very thing was? Sometimes it is not that we are in the wrong career, it is that we have don’t remember the motivation we had behind following a particular path. You’ll often find that this answer cannot be answered five minutes after reading this article; it requires taking some time off to do some thinking. It does not necessarily mean taking a hiatus and making a trip to a monastery in the Himalayas. Consider taking leave or clearing a considerable space of time to do some self-reflection. It is likely that you’ll uncover some intense information so it would be helpful to have a support system, or professional such as a therapist or guidance counsellor to either walk you through the process or help you with what you uncover.
Find out what’s distracting you
As you reflect on why you are doing what it is you do, consider looking into everything that is taking your focus away from what you wish to do. We all have little fires or things that take distract us, and we forget that the main point is. What you find out could be an act of self-sabotage or from wrong thinking, but whatever the case, it helps to get to the cause. Therefore, create a list of what has been taking up your energy that does not contribute to the greater goal. The same holds true for everyday tasks. There are little things that we need to do; follow up with a client, do some research on a specific client or topic, etc. Note these things down and allocate a time slot to do them, leaving you to focus on tasks that add to your career. You’d be surprised how productive that makes you on any given day.
There are plenty of resources available to help anyone get back on track. With a little research, you should be well on your way to getting your career back on track.