Sometimes it seems as if you’ll never reach your goal of finding the “right fit” job or work. And sometimes it’s hard to see the path ahead. Am I really headed in the right direction? How do I know I’m taking the right actions?
While frustrating and perhaps even depressing, this state is a magical one. This state of “not knowing” leaves you open to new information. When you lose your sense of certainty, new possibilities can emerge and you may even recognize them as opportunities to get closer to your goal.
In fact, at this point in your search process, you’re not supposed to “know” – you don’t have enough information yet. Information-gathering is the key to moving ahead. Information is everywhere around you and it’s within your reach. All you have to do is pay attention and ask questions.
I’m reminded of an image from the Carol Burnett Show (some of you may be old enough to remember it). At the end, she always appeared as a cleaning lady with her mop. Just a spotlight was on her, illuminating only her and her immediate surrounding space. There was only enough light to take one step at a time. She couldn’t see where she was going so she trusted that spotlight would take her where she needed to go. She “kept the faith” and kept walking toward her goal while surrounded by darkness. Because there was enough light for her to confidently take the next step.
As long as we have enough light to take that next step on our path, we’ll get where we want to go and reach our desired goals. Be in the now, with that spotlight. That’s where faith comes in. When you started on this path, you stated your intention and began to take actions. Have faith that you are still on the path even if you can’t see how you’ll get to your goal from where you are now. The way may not be clear or even visible. It is there, however. Simply put one foot in front of the other, do the next thing that appears, take the next step.
Maybe there’s someone you’ve been meaning to contact. So make that call or send that e-mail asking for 20 minutes of their time to talk about your next move.
Perhaps a job posting struck your interest. Apply for it.
Possibly someone invites you to a social gathering. RSVP “yes” and then actually go.
Maybe you always wanted to learn about a particular field, or develop a skill. Do a little research. Ask someone if they know anything about it, or if they know someone who does.
Do the next thing that occurs to you. That’s where the light is shining. That’s what you know.
You don’t have to worry about the step after that. There will be enough light shining then for you to see what to do and where to go.
And before you know it, step by step, you’ll reach your goal.