Finding your direction is damn hard at the best of times.
I want to make it at least 100x easier for you than I found it, so I’ve put together this awesome, sparkly, life-changing list of 6 tools that will be there for you like a tub of Ben and Jerry's, a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and your best friend all rolled into one. Expect to laugh, cry and breathe a sigh of relief as you get stuck into these:
#1 The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
Ah man, I read this book at a time in my life when I knew I should quit the job I was in but felt way too scared to actually do it. Ha! Meg Jay soon put a stop to any of that nonsense. Reading this book may cause a little bit of stress BUT it inspires you too and makes you realise that you aren’t too young to start creating an incredible future for yourself. If you’re feeling indecisive and a little bit lazy about making decisions this book is the kick up the bum you need!
Why you need to read this book in a quote:
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” E.E. Cummings
#2 Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
I love this book like I love snuggling in front of the fire with a cup of tea on a cold, windy day (which basically everyday in England). If The Defining Decade makes you stand to attention in fear of wasting your life, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway gently coaxes you out of your comfort zone and stands cheering in the sidelines as you tentatively work towards your goals.
This book is an essential read, especially when trying new things and testing out ideas which is what you need to be doing to get clear on your direction. Plus it actually works! At uni I used the tools from this book to reach my goals of joining some new clubs when I was really nervous of walking into a room of people I didn't know. If I hadn’t read it I would have missed out on some amazing experiences including spending two and a half months in Argentina with flights sponsored by HSBC!
Why you need to read this book in a quote:
“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd
#3 Clifton Strengthsfinder
This is an awesome online test by Gallup Strengths Centre. It will tell you your top five strengths and give you actionable advice about how you can best put your them to use.
If you are serious about finding your direction you need to take this test! Why? Simply because I do not believe that spending all of your time working on your weaknesses is a good way to live your life. Make working on your weaker areas a side note to putting your superhero strengths to good use in a job that’s perfect for you. You will love it!
Why you need to take this test in a quote:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Anon
Trying to find your direction from a place of stress, doubt or worry just isn’t going to work. Trust me, you don’t want to make a decision on your career if you're feeling fear, desperation or lost on daily basis. It can make you start thinking that you’re only going to be happy when you’ve found that perfect career. THAT ISN’T TRUE! Happiness is a way of thinking and you don’t need to wait until you’ve got your dream job to be happy.
I’ve been using Headspace for two years now and it really helps me to feel positive, manage my thoughts and feel happier in the moment. To be honest, using this app daily will totally change your life!
Why you need to use this app in a quote:
“There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path.” Gautama Buddha
#5 A system to capture your ideas and goals
Once you’ve got the inspiration flowing with the four tools above, you’ll need a way to record all of your exciting ideas and goals so they don’t slip away. You could start an idea journal (a journal where you list ideas and inspiration for your perfect career) in your favourite notebook or app. There are also some beautiful goal planners you can buy from Etsy. Check out www.organisewithkatie.com for a really pretty collection.
Why you need this in a quote:
“Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins
The final tool is a free 7 day video course that I've created for twenty-something women like you. It shows you how to shortlist 3 careers you'll love in a week by getting to know yourself better, gathering inspiration and ideas and following a no-fail process for narrowing your ideas down. If this sounds like something you need, you can find out more on my courses page.