Making Things Clear
This is not a post about anything spiritual such as any form of divination or numerology, horoscopes, palm reading, fortune telling, crystal ball reading or any such thing. It is more for those who neither know what their future holds (in terms of what they want to do or their vision for it), are confused about it or often have seasons where their desires seem to change. I have been there numerous times. I remember finishing high school with completely no idea what I wanted to do. That was quite a serious problem because my dad was the kind of person who needed you to be clear and focused about your future to the point where you had to have a decent plan as to how you would carry it out. Basically the only effort he wanted was to pay for it.
That caused several problems for me, the biggest one being fear. Motivated by that feeling I would then list plenty of occupations like doctor, journalist, pilot and so on. This would go on for a straight 6 months until I finally decided that Bible school was best since he though well of me in that area. After finishing that, I was a basic recording artist and continued for some years before being involved in the video production and film industry where I did music videos first amongst many others.
It was all a process though. I had to think about what I wanted and how to make the most of what I had where I was. That leads me to the first point:
1) Sit in very quiet spot and take time to think about what you love to do.
This process requires patience. It does take time. Whether it takes you a few days, weeks or months, it will be more than worth it! Everything else you do, that is the goals you set-short, medium and long term-will be nothing more than steps that will take you closer to your dream.
2) Use your talent.
If you don’t know or are not sure what it is read the post 10 ways on how to discover your talents part 1. At the end of that post you can get a chance to find out more ways to discover your talents in case part 1 is not enough. You can always make a little money on the side with it or kick off a small business or anything like that with your talent. Whether that’s art to sell and display in museums; different fruits and vegetables to grow and sell (a thing like that can be learned even if economics is not your style or speciality); food to make and sell, demos and mix tapes to record and sell, it all starts small.
3) The peace of God.
This is the one of the simplest and yet most significant way (I believe) that God leads us. How do you feel when you think about banking and finance management? Are you at peace or not? When you talk to your friends and family about doing law, music, filmmaking, practicing medicine, science, the arts, teaching, ministry, being a missionary, store clerk, pilot or anything else, are you at peace? Ask yourself that question.
For while your loyalty and obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and innocent and guileless (innocent) as to what is evil.
And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you
And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison (defend) and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
4) The process of elimination. How good you are at determining your final answer for your vision, goal, passion and desire depends on you (in that it depends on how much of an idea you have for what you want to do). That will determine how long it takes you to list as many of the thing you don’t want to do as possible.
5) Link different activities.
For example I got into doing music through being a recording artist which then opened the door for me to do video production, of which music videos is what I wanted to do but expanded my skills and thought-process to focusing on more than just that. Plus I get to do sound a lot as well, which is fun. You might like reading so writing could be an option even if you’re not good at it. If you enjoy being with people then psychology and psychiatry might be decent choices, or be a consultant coach, counselor and so on. Drawing and designing go together too. Sketching scenery, landscapes with detailed characters and items in the picture will get you on board for being a storyboard artist or illustrator for a movie, music video, documentary and pretty much any kind of video production. If you are good at technical graphics then architecture or graphic designing could be your thing. Sketch artist for police art or forensic artist for the medical police department is another alternative.
6) Ask around.
What kind of job do you see me doing? What kind of occupation does someone like me have the knack for doing? Obviously you have to ask people you trust more often than your average joe, although they are worth considering every now and then. It’s called keeping your options open. Read the post 12 Key Factors About Desire
Try doing a lot of stuff that you find fascinating. If you enjoy mountain climbing and the outdoors then signing up for conservationism and safari tour guide may be worth your while. It’s all about surprising yourself. You really don’t have the luxury of being picky!
8) Work your way back
Imagine yourself being someone along the lines of stuff you are good at. If you are good at sport, then imagine yourself playing on a professional level and what your life is like. Everything you’re doing. The training. The people you’re meeting. The schedule you have to go through. The success and possible failure and consequence you face. See what kind of spark that lights up in you. If it is even remotely big, go for it!
NB: That was just an example. Use it in the same way with business, media, commerce, church, science and so on. Whatever department you are currently in or are thinking of doing, do this.
Read books and ask questions. Find out how other people got to discover their purpose or passion and ask them to help you on your journey. Read my other post called The plan of action for your dream: writing it down.