I'm back answering your questions! This week it's, "Will I be able to find my direction?"
You keep hearing all this talk telling you to do what you love, find work you enjoy, to work hard and then you can make anything you want happen.
a) Is it actually possible?
b) Will YOU be able to do it?
So first things first, is it actually possible to find work you enjoy?
YES! It is. Is the simple answer!
Obviously there will still be some days that are hard or stressful (because that's life and it would be boring without any challenges!) but you can definitely find a job that you enjoy, that plays to your strengths and that feels meaningful to you.
How do I know? From personal experience. By evaluating what I liked and didn't like about my previous jobs, looking at my strengths and getting clear on the impact I want to have on the world I was able to find a job I enjoy.
If can do it, then you definitely can too! Now, I know you probably hear that a lot online, but I'm being serious here.
"What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve" Napoleon Hill
The thing that's most likely to hold you back?
If you can't see yourself doing something, it's not going to happen. You won't work as hard as you need to. You'll hold yourself back from jumping on slightly scary opportunities that come your way. And you'll worry that all your hard work is for nothing.
So how do you get yourself to believe that you'll really be able to do it?
Its all about visualisation!
By picturing yourself living the life you want to live everyday, it'll soon become a realistic reality instead of some far off fantasy.
Here's a quick step-by-step guide to visualisation.
1. Get clear on what you want to achieve. Do you want to wake up on a Monday morning happy to go to work? Do you want to be totally immersed in the flow of your work at 11am on a Tuesday? Or maybe it's being out and about meeting clients on a Thursday afternoon? Whatever signifies a job you'd enjoy, imagine that scene.
2. While you're imagining the scene, take the time to make it as real as possible. Engage your senses, imagine what you'd see, hear, smell, touch and feel in that situation. How do you want to feel when your there? Go in depth and make it so real you feel like you're really there. Spend a few minutes in this place.
3. Repeat it regularly. Visualisation is like exercise for the mind. Everyday (or twice a day) take a few minutes to do your visualisation.
The more you do it, the more real and achievable the situation will seem.
So yes, you will be able to find your direction but first you've got to turn that question into a confident statement you truly believe!