When asked to do a presentation on career planning and development in Career Management Course required for the M.S. in Human Resources Management program that I was pursuing many years ago, I knew that it was a path that would hold meaning for my future. I did not know how and I did not know when. So much like falling in love, my heart skipped a beat. Somehow, I knew that it is something that I would do with so much passion somewhere down the road in my own career.
If you are currently doing something that holds the same resonance with you, or if you are in a career that you feel passionate about, then you are one of the few lucky people who found it. It is interesting to know how you got here and what it took you to get here. Finding your passion and following its path is not easy but a few things help:
The first element is AWARENESS. This is being in tune with yourself and your environment. Since childhood, we are conditioned to think, react with appropriate feeling and emotion, say and do the “right” thing. We are trained to see the world from someone else’s perspective and embrace this acceptable paradigm. Thus, growing up, we get more and more alienated with the process of self-awareness. We get to see the world only from a specific angle.
Developing awareness is being very quiet and just listening. Listening to your body, listening to your surroundings, listening to coincidences and to what is going on outside as it relates to your experience. Developing awareness is being open to what is going on internally and externally without a judgment. It is being completely open to an experience. Some people develop this through meditation, which I personally find to be very difficult.
However, you can start by just being still from time to time. Just sit in a comfortable chair and do nothing. Be open to whatever comes to mind without consciously controlling what to think. Just empty your thoughts and be open to anything. Be aware of the sensations in your body, the noise, smell, texture, sight, of your immediate surroundings. Then recall what has happened today, then yesterday, then the other day, then last week or up to when you last did this exercise. Try to see everything, as they really are, raw and pure, no judgment nor biases.
How do you connect each incident? What do you see in the total landscape of both your big and small experiences? How does the big picture look like? Whatever story you are able to create upon piecing all the bits and pieces of your experiences, is the message the universe is telling you. What is next? Listen to what your instinct and experience tells you.
This is a series and watch out for the next element: MINDFULNESS.