What to do when you don’t know your next steps
You’ve completed a set of training that has you feeling inspired and are now armed with a strong desire to share everything that you have learned to help heal others, the same way it has healed you.
You know that you can make a difference in the world and the lives of others and are filled with excitement of all the possibilities for your future.
And then you are stopped in your tracks with the realization that you really have no idea what your next steps are.
You begin focusing on all the things you do not know and the dreaded self-doubt starts creeping in.
I’ve been there. I wanted to know it all before I started. I wanted to have everything in place before signing on my first client or offering my first course.
Here is the thing, if you wait until you have everything together, you are going to be waiting forever.
You want to be able to offer your services now without the worry of having it all together.
And the good news is, that you can.
This is why I am sharing with you my 3 tips for what to do when you don’t know what to do next.
- Start with the End in Mind. This is habit # 2 from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. The first step is to figure out where you want to go. What do you truly want to be, do and have in your life and your business? You won’t be able to figure out WHAT to do, until you have a good understanding of WHERE you are going. Figure out the destination and then you have a better chance of discovering the direction to get there.
- Identify your gaps. Do a personal/business inventory. Make a list of the skills and resources you already have and the ones you know you need to learn/gain. Somedays you may FEEL that you have no clue what you are doing. I’ve learned many times that our feelings about where we are at are not evidence for what is actually going on. Writing it all out will help you gain perspective on where your gaps actually lie and where you will want to focus first.
- Connect with a Coach or Colleague. There is always someone else who has been in your shoes and is a few steps ahead of you. Acknowledge that you do not need to figure it all out on your own – avoid reinventing the wheel at all costs. Instead, find someone who is already doing what you want to do, ask for help and then be open to receiving it.