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How to know what you want in 5 easy steps

Seriously, why is this such a hard question to answer? This is something I struggle with all the time and maybe you do too. I truly believe it is the foundation for making decisions big or small though. Currently, I am transitioning to a business owner and while it is an exciting time in my life—it has not been an easy pivot.

Let me explain.

I can honestly say that I now have 12 years…. (like whoa!) of experience in corporate America and it wasn’t all peaches and cream, but I am truly thankful to have lived it. My experiences are now a part of me and going forward it’s my mission to continuously educate and inspire. I love when someone can show me how to dodge a bullet…don’t know about you? An inconsistency I noticed in corporate America through those years was the ability for people to make decisions no matter what level they are at. Not sure why that really is, but I boiled it down to “they don’t know what they want.” That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!

I understand we all grow in different seasons and it may take someone longer to know what they want. For me…it took 2 years! 2015 was the season for me. It’s when the unicorns came by and dropped those golden nuggets. It’s when the mermaids came with the hidden treasure.  It’s when I realized, I wasn’t living up to my potential and things needed to change in my career and personal life. Here is where I was reborn again and started identifying goals to accomplish in my life.

That’s nice Jennifer, but how do I start?

Directions: read this very carefully and refer back to it again and again until it clicks because it may take some time.

Here are the steps that I recommend:

1.    Get out a blank sheet of paper and pen/pencil.

2.    Turn the sheet of paper vertically and on that sheet of paper draw a straight line down the middle.

3.    On the first column, label it “What I don’t want” and on the second column, label it “What I do want."

4.    Fill in both columns (this can be a combination of personal, career, family, financial goals or just one goal).

5.    Review these two columns every day until you come to a point of CLARITY on what you want.

Clear as mud? Yes, it's that simple. We tend to over think at times, but this shouldn't be one. I’m warning you that it may take some time for clarity to sink in, but you will KNOW what you want.

I would love to hear from you. Let me know if this exercise worked for you.

Always essential,

Jennifer

Why I started the Analytical Rewired Blog

Key word here is analytical as I am certainly not a writer. So, one may ask “why are you starting a blog?” I wouldn’t say I set off in the world to become an analytical, but I sort of morphed into it. You see, somewhere in middle school while I thought I wanted to travel the world and conquer it, my teacher was suggesting to my parents that I start advanced math classes.

Me? Ummmm….advanced? Stop it!

She was not kidding though because I found myself in 8th grade advanced math which began this journey on my analytical high.

I found myself really loving the advanced math classes, but I never really admitted it to anyone until my 12th grade year when it was time to head to college and pursue a major. I thought my major would be International Business so I could travel abroad, but the University of Central Florida had other plans for me.

Would you believe me if I told you I started UCF 2.5 weeks after my high school graduation? Like really? What was I thinking? Well, I was invited to begin an early summer program for academic careers in engineering…..it was called SPACE for short. The program targeted minority students that were accepted to the university who obtained very high scores in math, science and technology while in grade school.

Again, me?

So, my parents packed me up and dropped me off in Orlando, FL.

It was there that I really appreciated being an analytical as my major was industrial engineering. Not only did I learn more math—all the way up to differential equations, but also enjoyed statistics and operations research. I found myself looking at quantification from a different point of view. What does these numbers mean? When do you use them? How often do I review them? These questions propelled me into understanding how data can tell a story in many ways.

Ever heard of data manipulation? Say what now?!

Yep, you heard it right…data manipulation. Which can be positive or negative. However, I’ve mostly seen it used negatively in my career. It happens all too often when you have the wrong individuals without the best intention managing numbers. The right way is data mining. Which is more of combing through data to tell the “right” story and that’s what I’ve done for over 12 years. Most of my analytical journey has transpired in the supply chain function and I absolutely love it! But now, I’m questioning. Questioning everything, everybody, and everywhere!

In 2015, I woke up and noticed that systems were failing everywhere around me and the people I cared for. I didn’t notice it until 2015, but estimated that from 2009-2015, the data I so loved was not telling the right stories anymore. Folks were continuing to lose jobs, new graduates entering the workforce could not find jobs, and it seemed as if there was doom and gloom all around. But, how could this be? Because the “numbers” we all hear about on the news, radio, and newspapers (do you still read them?) was telling a different story. Those numbers told us the importance of going to a great school, getting a great education, and finally obtaining a great job. However, WE all know now….it’s just not true! During those 6 years I referenced above, I was laid off and so was family members and close friends. What I realized was that the world was seriously evolving and being adaptable, flexible, and coachable was adamant more than ever.

The way I learned, worked, interacted with others, communication, and social media instantly changed and I had to figure out a new path NOW!

This is why Analytical Rewired was started. It’s about my beliefs, habits, and paradigm shifts around the quantification and logic I surrounded myself with in the past to now transitioning to seeing ALL things from a different point of view. A point of view that is more realistic, personable, colorful, authentic; but most of all, CREATIVE. I haven’t totally given up my love for numbers, but I’m finding new ways of integrating it with creativity to develop more innovation around what I do and how I interact with those around me. Sounds challenging huh? Not so much. It's just a different learning curve. 

Stay tuned to see how this journey progresses and learn how to pivot with me. I hope I can teach you a thing or two and vice versa.

Always essential,

Jennifer