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.