One of the most common career advices out there seems to be ”Follow your passion”. But research shows 80% of us don’t have a single passion to follow… We rather have many things we’re passionate about. I think ”follow your passion” brings a lot of unnecessary stress. So instead I would suggest you focus on CREATING your passion by trying different things and observe what gives you energy and joy. Then make sure you get to do more of that. And suddenly you’ve created an area you’re passionate about and where you want to be excellent.
You know, I think we often spend way more time thinking about what we can possibly lose than what we can win when making a change. Might be you have to sacrifice something for some time to create your ideal professional life. My advice is to not focusing exclusively on this but to spend at least the same amount of time on what you can win by making the change. Don’t get stuck with your worst-case scenario, make sure you also know your best-case scenario!
I know I’ve written about it before (and will do again, be sure 😉 ) App developers have realized one important thing: If they would make their product (the app) perfect before launching, it will be too late. So instead, they launch a beta version of the app. A beta version that they then improve and update as they go. What if we should treat ourselves the same way? If you wait until everything is perfect before starting to create you ideal (professional) life it will be too late. Better to launch yourself as a beta version – not perfect but making progress all the time. Yes, there will be bugs. Decide which ones you can live with and which one you need to handle. The goal is not perfection but progress. Agree?
Sorry to say but you can’t create your professional freedom in one day. And believe me, no-one would be happier than me if you could 🙂 It might sound like a cliché, but we need to sleep on things once in a while. Sometimes the surrounding need time to adapt even though you know exactly where you’re heading. Making a change, like creating your ideal professional life, can’t be done in one day. But. You can do one thing every day. And it’s those things that will make all the difference.
If you want to make a change in your (professional) life you have to stop putting your experience first. If you base your next step on your previous experience chances are big you’ll end up doing the same thing over and over again. Instead – start thinking about what you want in the future and what expectations you’d like to create. Your experience gives your dream credibility.
Don’t look back, we’re not going there anyway.
Worth a second thought: What would you do if you were guaranteed to succeed?
Just do it.
This time of the year many of us spend some time reflecting about the year that passed; what we’ve done and if we’ve reached our goals. If you’re one of us that evaluate this year, I just want to give you a heads up:
Make sure you evaluate your accomplishments based on YOUR definition of success! You decide what success means to you and only you know where you’re heading on your adventure called professional life.
Skip those traditional definitions of success and what you ”should have” done. Instead focus on all the things you actually did that took you closer to the professional life you want. And – remember to celebrate!