“I have a great life, but I know I am not doing what I’m meant to do”
“I have a great job, but it is no longer fulfilling me.”
“I was a stay at home mom for years, but now my kids are in school and I want to get back into the workforce, but I don’t know what I want to do”.
As a coach, I’ve heard either the exact statements above or some variation of them from so many clients. In fact, it is a topic near and dear to my heart because I went through this very issue.
I was a marketer for many years. I loved what I did and the people and companies I worked with. However, it became apparent that the job simply was no longer my passion, but what was? Perhaps you are in a similar predicament and want a career change, or maybe you are fresh out of college and have no idea what it is you really want to do, or maybe you are one of the thousands of stay at home moms who are itching to get back into the workforce. How do you find that one thing that will make you want to jump out of bed every morning?
Step one: Do you have a vision? Close your eyes and pick a point in time when you would like to have your new career. What do you see yourself doing?
Step two: Nothing coming to mind from step one? That’s OK! Make a list of everything you love to do. Nothing is too “silly”. For me, I loved listening to people tell me their stories and their problems and then, trying to help them. I thought there was no way I could make a living doing that. Guess what I am doing now?
Step three: Who do you know that does what you want or something similar? Call them! Ask them to describe a typical day. Most people want to help others and give them a quick glimpse into their lives. You might be surprised to find how open and helpful people are willing to be!
Step four: Gather as much information as you can. I read a ton, spoke to so many people and even had a few coaching sessions of my own to understand more about the profession. I also took a free webinar. By the time the webinar was at the halfway point, I had signed up for my coaching courses. I knew this was my calling!
Step five: Still unsure? This is something a coach really can help with. We can listen for the nuances in your voice and bring to light things you may not have realized about yourself. Most coaches (Including those of us at Ibis Coaching) do offer a complimentary first session. Why not try it and see what happens?