So you've decided that this is it. You're finally going to put down the Mountain Dew, dust the Cheetos off your fingers, and decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. The only problem is, you haven't currently got any particular talent or instinct towards a specific field. You just know that you don't want to be stuck back inside another office, eating at Subway every day. Right? Maybe?
In other words, we tend to have a much better idea of what we don't want, rather than what we do. This is because we don't know what's possible. When we were all forced to stay home in 2020, we realized that it was possible to work from home, and many of us were able to reconnect with what we thought was truly important, like our friends and family. And in the process, we were able to see clearly what wasn't important.
What are we going to do once the pandemic is under control? We are already seeing evidence of workers who, having experienced the remarkable improvement in quality-of-life from working from home, are refusing to return to the office. And why should they? We've been shown what's possible. At this point, anything seems possible. We just know we can't go back to the way things were before.
It's great that you're thinking about this now. It's best to get ahead of this, because this particular window of opportunity won't last forever. If you weren't improving on your skills during quarantine, you need to start now.
The point of this post is not to tell you what you should do with the rest of your life. Only you can decide that, after figuring out the following things:
We don't know what's possible yet, because people like you haven't decided what they want yet. Does this make sense?
We can't wait around for someone to tell us what to do, because 99.9% of the time, they'll tell us something we don't want to hear. I want to help you become who you were supposed to be, but you need to participate, too. The good news, it's truly remarkable finding what we can accomplish with just a little effort. So, grab a piece of paper and try to answer the questions outlined above.
Take your time. If you need to research some of these questions, then do so. You'll feel better once you have.
Once you've got a pretty good idea of what you want to do, your next task — and yes, writing this down is imperative — will be to determine what obstacles are standing in your way. What needs to be resolved or fixed before you can do this job?
You know what's coming next. After you create this list, get another piece of paper. It's time to dial in on your specifics. The heading for this new page should be:
Write them down. Be as specific as possible. For instance, say you need to set aside some time to study or improve on your skills. Instead of writing:
Set aside time to study
You should write:
Set aside 10 hours per week to study.
Even better than that:
Study 2 hours per weekday between 6-8 PM.
Let's see another example. Instead of saying:
Go to therapy
Call my insurance to get a list of therapists who are in my area.
You got this! I firmly believe in free will, and a human being's ability to resolve their problems. Some things are not alterable, but the steps outlined in this post are things that anyone can do to improve themselves and their lives.
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