5 Questions To Help You Discover What's Next For You


Feeling stuck in your life? Burned out in your job? Restless and tired of the same old daily grind? Are you wondering what is next for you? Here are 5 sets of questions to begin the process of getting unstuck and moving forward in your life and vocation. These five sets of questions won’t tell you if you should become a novelist, go to law school, open your own coffee and book shop, or work in IT. Your own answers to these questions will, however, suggest whether you should stay in your current job and give it all you’ve got or get up the gumption to follow your bliss in a different direction. So, sit down with a cup of something hot and soothing, and write out the answers to the questions. You don’t have to write complete sentences. The grammar police won’t care. You can even use bullet points to get your ideas down – but it is important to write down the answers. You can see where you are in black and white and begin to look for patterns and possibilities. Write the date at the top of the page (yes, just like you did in school) so you will remember just how you were feeling on this particular date in your life.

Here are the questions.

1 – Do you have to pretend to be someone else to get through your work day? Do you have to put on a persona or can you be yourself? How does your job suit your personality? What parts of your profession don’t fit?

2 – Does this job fit you so well that sometimes work feels like play? Do the actual tasks you carry out day-to-day energize you and feed your soul or leave you feeling drained and burned out? What daily tasks energize you? What is it about your job that drains you?

3- What compromises do you find yourself making to stay in this job/profession? Think about family, personal growth, achievement, stability, etc.

4- How do feel about what you accomplish each day – the end result or product of your work? Are you proud of what you do? What values are you living out each day? Does this job open the door for promotions or more appealing future jobs – or is it a vocational dead end?

5- Pull out your crystal ball and look into the future. Is this really what you want to be doing for the rest of your life? In five years, what would you like to be doing? In ten years, where do you want to be in your vocation and career?

If you would like help sorting out these answers and discovering what is next for you in your life, contact Anita Flowers, MA, BCC, Pinnacle’s vocational and career coach, to set up a free initial phone consultation. Trained as a counselor and therapist and with post-graduate training in career planning and life transitions, Anita’s gift is coaching people forward into new possibilities. Contact Anita at anitaf@pinnaclelead.com or 843-224-2025.

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Anita Flowers, MA, BCC is currently offering a 6 session package of structured vocational coaching at deeply discounted rates. This coaching package includes a Needs and Values Assessment, Clarification exercises, and an optional MBTI inventory. If you are struggling to discover what is next for you, this is a great opportunity to work with Pinnacle’s vocational and career coach to uncover possibilities and begin moving forward in your life and vocation. Contact Anita at anitaf@pinnaclelead.com or 843-224-2025 to get started.
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