Is finding your passion as easy as taking control of your life and following your heart or is it easier said than done? Months out from graduating and I’m seriously struggling through a career crisis. Chances are if you’re reading this, you are too – or maybe not. I’m faced with the question, where does my passion lie?
I’m aware that a career search isn’t offered to most on a silver platter and that it usually requires an immense amount of time and determination. But – it feels like hours on end have gone into searching [job titles, keywords, or companies] into employment seeking platforms and there is little to no progress to show for it. I’m done reading entry-level positions that require 10 years of relevant experience [not possible] and I certainly don’t have the energy to explain my lack of direction to one more inquisitive person.
I can’t help but to question: Am I self-sabotaging myself because I feel unprepared or am I actually unprepared?
I’ve come to the realization that forcing myself into this quarter-life crisis is not a healthy method. Instead of entertaining the idea of me being unprepared, I’ve changed attention into finding what I’m passionate about – the appropriate and doable resolution. Yes, this is easier said than done, but I’ve started and you should too – by asking simple questions and attempting to change my approach.
What am I mediocre at? How can I make them work to my advantage? What do I want to accomplish in life? What would I spend time doing if I had financial abundance?
These practical tips can help you find your passion too.
Instead of making excuses for why this job isn’t a good fit and why that job requires more experience than you can offer – decide to eliminate the negative justifications and be your own biggest advocate. Take a step back from focusing on the stresses of life (for me – solely searching for a career path I essentially care for) and switch temporary focus to bettering your health and mind first. Meditation and solidarity have a significant impact on a positive outlook and improvement in health. Yoga has recently become an outlet for me to separate from real-life anxieties and submerge into solitude for a mere hour and 15 minutes a week (I swear it helps). These periods of solitude allow an individual to reflect on lifelong goals, potential ambitions and the aspects in life that truly have meaning. If you’re issue is having no direction, brainstorm and ask yourself whether some of your mediocre skills and interests can form into a realistic purpose. Make a choice and stick with it. The only person that stands in your way is yourself. Simply take risks and persevere through the hardships and negativity. Failing could be the catalyst to discovering a career that stimulates passion. With the right mentality finding what sparks your interest is as easy as taking control of your life and following your heart.
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself” – Andrew Murphy.