These days, it seems like people (especially young people) are under loads of pressure to have their life goals all mapped out. We live in a time where not having a solid plan can make you feel like a total failure. But really, this is not true at all. Many successful people only find their passion much later in life – in their 40s or even 50s!
There’s loads we could tell you about finding success later in life. We could go on and on about how unfair it is that society puts so much pressure on having a clear career path, that family and friends all want to know “what you’re going to do”. But we’d rather look at some solutions to help you stress less and enjoy your life, while waiting for that ‘aha’ moment.
Start doing something – anything!
Nothing happens if you don’t put in any action. So start doing something to keep you occupied. Even if you don’t feel like what you’re doing is your passion, that’s OK. Small actions can lead to bigger things and doing something is always better than doing nothing.
Talk about how you feel
Engaging in honest conversation can help you understand that not knowing what you want to do with your life is not a disaster. Many other people have felt the same as you – and have gone on to achieve incredible success. Ask questions and allow yourself to be vulnerable about how you feel and honest about what you don’t know.
Find inspiration in unlikely places
By broadening your horizons, you give yourself the chance to find your passion in a way you never thought would be possible. So talk to people, read books, follow blogs, listen to podcasts – about a broad range of subjects that you don’t necessarily have an interest in.. Developing multiple interests also increases your perspective and makes you a more well-rounded human being.
Be prepared to make mistakes
The cliché is true. The best type of learning comes from failure. Making mistakes gives you hands-on-experience of what not to do, it teaches you humility, and it encourages you to think more deeply about your actions. Don’t become paralysed with fear to move forward with your life, just in case you make a mistake. Mistakes are a good thing!
There’s nothing wrong with not knowing exactly what your long-term plan is. But you know what isn’t cool? Being too scared to try. So, get going, and live your life… even when you can’t see what’s beyond the horizon. Everything is going to be OK – just enjoy the journey!