If you have reached a place in your work life where you know a change MUST occur, you will be interested in this “finding your niche in life” exercise. Right now, you are feeling like a walking zombie from boredom or you are consumed by thoughts of escape. (Or, maybe you have already escaped and need some direction.)
It’s interesting that we find it so easy to say what we don’t want to do. But when the question “What do I want to do?” comes up, we tend to cease up. So we turn to the Internet and find all those questions that make us cease up even more because all we know right now is what we want to get away from. Questions like: What is your passion? What is your life purpose? What is your vision? (See my article Why Do I Do What I Do) And these questions bring up more questions as you ponder during those sleepless nights:
- What will I do with the rest of my life?
- Is there a career out there meant for me?
- How can I make a living?
- Should I look for another job or should I do some freelancing?
All these questions point to the need to go right back to the basics and do that in-depth soul searching. But where does one begin? The Portable Career Coach is a tool designed for just this sort of need. Here’s how it works:
- First, you download the free tool that takes you through the process step by step. Be sure to print it off for later use.
- Find a two-day chunk of time on your calendar that can be devoted to this exercise without interruption (personal retreat)
- Collect a bunch of magazines that normally attract you and a few that you have never looked at (Examples: gardening, business, art, travel)
- Find some large paper (newspaper roll or flip chart) and a large marker (Sharpie)
- Get a good night’s sleep, go for a short walk to get the energy flowing and make a pot of coffee.
On the Chosen Day
- Turn off all electronics. No phone, computer, TV, etc (See The Value of Digital Detox)
- Clear off a large table or floor to do this work.
- Gather materials suggested above.
- Now work your way through the steps until you have completed the homework exercise.
- Give yourself a break and another good nights sleep. Keep everything low key (no violent news, games, TV) so that you allow your subconscious brain to mull over your work. Some leisurely reading or a long walk and music work best.
- On the second day, review your work from yesterday and complete the exercise. You now have some clarity about your life’s niche and what you need to do to enact it.
- Be sure to record the results of this work in whatever way works for you (paper journal or electronic notes)
- Get ready for action!
If this exercise looks too daunting to tackle alone, know that help is available. A good business/career coach will help you stay focused, give you encouragement, ask the right questions and ensure that you come away with something concrete to enact. See my Services Offerings.
Mindset Monday Challenge
Look at the current reality of your career and decide if it’s time to re-frame. If it is, download The Portable Career Coach and make plans. If you have colleagues, friends or family who are struggling be sure to point them in my direction. Share this article! They deserve it!