Still no idea what you want to do with your life? Do you need to come up with the killer idea for a new marketing campaign, business venture, app, website or novel? Whatever you’re trying to achieve, you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than by a brilliant idea out of the blue. People who have brilliant ideas are successful because they create the perfect environment and conditions for inspiration. Brilliance is always 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, so here’s how go about making all your wildest dreams come true.
Set goals for yourself. You may not know what job you want to do in the future, but knowing where you want to be in 5 years will help you to whittle down your choices. For example, if you want to own a home and travel, then perhaps a career in education is for you. That way you can afford a mortgage while getting extra holiday time to travel. If you want to be dating a supermodel, you will need to get a gym membership and start moving in circles that don’t end up playing Wii in your basement every Friday night. Make a list of all the things you hope to achieve with this next phase in your life.
Make an inventory
Now that you know where you’re headed, let’s take a look at your skills. Write down all the tools and aptitudes that you have. List the things that you enjoy doing as well as the things that you are good at. Combining your skills with something you enjoy is a killer combo. It may help to get input from friends, family members and work colleagues here; they may have notices assets that you are unaware you had.
Look into the field in which you are seeking inspiration. If you are looking for a new career, then browse all the jobs that people do to get ideas outside of your comfort zone. If you want to write a novel, read the books and biographies of writers you admire.
Take a poll
Ask friends, family members, mentors and colleagues for help. These are the people who know you best and they can offer all sorts of valuable input. They can provide insight into your personality and abilities that can really help to shape your outlook.
Once you have the general field of interest you would like to explore, start networking with people who are involved in this field. There is so much to learn from those who have already succeeded and are living your dream. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; most people are only too happy to give advice.
Once you have all the information you need to make a decision, set a realistic deadline and stick to it. Not setting a deadline will give you a great excuse to vacillate, stay in your comfort zone and flounder in existential angst. Make a decision already! Once you have made a decision about the direction your life will be moving in, inspiration will be quick to follow. Start defining yourself by your new future for example, if you’ve decided to change your career and be an architect, then introduce yourself as ‘future architect’ when meeting new people. Your future possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Go ahead… live large!