Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

Left or Right? What to do when you are feeling lost in your career?

I went hiking last Saturday to get some fresh air and connect with nature. See the canvas-like view from the top of the mountain!

But this view is totally unplanned.

Why? because something surprising happened; Originally we chose a hiking trail and planned to take a bus to the start point at entrance A, and the trail is like this: A>>B>>C.

But there was a marathon happening around the area so the entrance was blocked, and the bus threw us off at point D !!!

At that pivotal point, we had 3 choices.

Option 1: we can choose to start at point D, which is not far from the end of that trail, and take the route backwards. Or

Option 2: We can take a totally new path, and enjoy the adventure, uncertainty and new possibilities.

Option 3: Take the same bus back and go home!

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball, without warning.

No matter how sophisticated your planning was, it has no more use value at that point.

But when you have your inner GPS activated in life, you can ALWAYS figure out a new path.

In fact, a detour might give you a delightful surprise! You could meet people you’ve never met, discovered talents you’ve never realised, and get trained to become stronger in an important life skill.

Have you found your inner GPS to guide you through your life and career decisions?

Imagine you were lost in the middle of nowhere with no compass, map, internet nor GPS. How dangerous could it be??!

Well, you don’t have to. Your core values and desires are YOUR INNER GPS. You always have them within you. You simply have too many unnecessary items in your backpack that hide them away.

Eager to connect with your inner GPS and create a career you love?

Here’s a wonderful exercise I used in my career coaching session that I adapted from the book, The Artist Way, by Julia Cameron:

1. Imagine you have 5 Imaginary Lives to lead. Money is no option. Your only goal is to have fun — like — to have a REALLY joyful and carefree time with your life. Name your 5 lives.

2. Then pick one. And ask yourself why that life would be soooo awesome?

3. Get a friend to ask you WHY, and continue asking WHY+your previous answer 6 more times. (i.e. In total s/he is asking 7 times of WHY).

This exercise helps to get to the core of your deepest desires of why this life would be awesome to you.

It could get difficult and annoying on the 4th or 5th one, but hang in there!

4. Then, after you’ve found your deepest desire, you can find a tiny little action you can take towards bringing that energy into your current day reality and improve your everyday satisfaction.

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