Reader Q&A: "What's important when it comes to choosing a direction?"

It's time again to help you face one of the things that's holding you back. This week I'll be answering, "What's important when it comes to choosing a direction?" Let's get straight to it!

When it comes to choosing your direction there are 4 important steps you need to take.

1. Knowing yourself

What? The first step is all about evaluating who you are, what you enjoy as well as what your strengths and values are.

Why? Getting to know yourself is important as it will give you a clear idea of what types of career and lifestyle will suit you. It'll allow you to evaluate your life so far and use it to move forward and create a day-in-day life that's perfect for you.

How? Check out my 7DAYSTODIRECTION course for an indepth lesson on getting to know yourself.

I've also created this workbook for you!

2. Create a vision of the lifestyle you want

 "Cat: Where are you going? Alice: Which way should I go? Cat: That depends on where you are going. Alice: I don’t know. Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go." Lewis Carroll

What? The second step is all about getting a clear picture of what you want your life to be like. How do you want to feel? What do you want to do? Where do you want to be?

Why? Having a clear vision of what you want your future to be like will help you work out which direction you need to take to get there. You'll also be able to see which parts of your vision you can start including in your life now.

How? In my free course there's a whole lesson about creating a vision board but my favourite way is to create a vision board on Pinterest. Set a time limit, create a new board and pin pins that inspire you onto it.

3. Taking action + overcoming your fears

What? The third step is to actually take some action towards those dreams on your vision board. 

Why? There's no point reflecting on yourself and dreaming about a future if you never do anything about it. Overcoming your fears is a key part of this because if your dreams were easy and within your comfort zone, you probably would have done them already!

The reason why this is step 3 and not step 4 is that you need to take action to get clear on your direction. Don't wait until you have a detailed action plan to start taking action. Instead, take some action before you feel ready, get clear on whether you like it or not, then set your big goals and create your action plan.

How? DO something that helps you learn more about the career or paths you're considering. Whether it's taking a class, creating your own project or doing some volunteering just get started. 

4.Setting goals and creating an action plan

What? Once you're clear on the career you want and the lifestyle you want to live, it's time to set some goals and create an action plan to make them happen.

Why? Setting goals gives you a laser sharp focus when it comes to choosing how to spend your time. The action plan will keep you on track so that you achieve your goals within the deadline you set yourself.

How? Set a clear, measurable goal then decide when you want to have achieved it by. Write out all the steps you need to take to be able to achieve that goal. Then schedule them in between today and your deadline.