You know that feeling when you really, really, REALLY want something?
When, in order to get it, you make precise plans and actions to undertake?
When you practically have that one focus and you work really hard to make it come true. You take it step by step, challenge by challenge. And then, time flies, you gave your best and you don’t even realise that “HEY, YOU MADE IT!”
Despite the difficulties and discouragement, that motivation to achieve the final goal was bigger than anything else and you did it!
As all achievements, a well-deserved celebration is necessary, you earn it! You might buy that pair of shoes you were thinking about since a while, or you might go out for a special dinner with someone or… anything that you think you deserve, you really do, go for it!
Then though, once the party is finished, once a great chapter of your life is successfully closed… now what?
Two weeks ago I ticked off from my goals list, a very big one. Or better, I celebrated the achievement with family and friends.
I officially graduated from the across-Europe bachelor program in June but the actual graduation ceremony was at the beginning of the October, so I consider this the real closing of this intense chapter.
Of course, along with the journey of achieving this goal I wasn’t totally blind when looking at the future. I knew I wanted to find a job, not sure about where. I knew I wanted a job inherent with my degree, not sure about which exact role.
I started applying to jobs already during my last year of studies but after a while, I arrived at a point where I was kind of overwhelmed by everything. Job hunting is already stressful by itself, plus, if you combine it with studies, a part-time job (oh, and blogging!) you feel the pressure even more. So I told myself “Okay Lisa, focus on succeeding your last exams now.” In the end, finding a full-time job would have happened after taking my degree in any case. Uncertainty is scary, always. But in the end, finding a full-time job would have happened after taking my degree in any case.
And you know what? Eventually, I did find a job. My first full-time job. Inherent to my studies and from which I’m learning many new things that are helping me create a new future goal.
I know I want to take a master eventually, not sure in what and when.
I know I’d like to try other job roles in my working field, not sure which one exactly.
The thing is that it’s not necessary to have everything planned, a specific goal and all the actions ready. Sometimes it happens and sometimes the idea is more general and vague (you kinda need to have this though) and that’s okay.It's okay to figure out what you really want, where and how on the way. Click To Tweet
It’s okay to answer “I’m working on it”(as long as you really do).
Take this time to work on yourself. Maybe by meeting new people, by taking a course to learn new skills, by going new place or even just by grabbing new inspiration! The right opportunity for you can be around the corner, it’s just about finding it!
So, now what?
Don’t panic. New starts are always kind of scary and exciting at the same time! (Imagine starting with negative vibes, it wouldn’t be that great, right?)
Have a general idea.
Browse on the internet stuff you like doing, find cool inspiring people, go out, talk to new people (or to old ones that you didn’t talk for a while!), subscribe to a new course, acquire new skills…. be open to try and take new chances!
You will find that new goal along the way and maybe while taking it step-by-step you’ll turn the general idea into a specific one.
Because, eventually, everything connects.
And if motivation is your weak point, this post could be helpful!
What about you, have you ever found yourself in the “now what” situation? How did you manage it? I’d love to hear from you!