A decade ago, it was called the “midlife crisis” when an individual was not sure on what he or she is doing in their lives and how is it aligned with what they want to achieve. Off late, thanks to the toughening competition and changing times, we face the same quite early in our lives. As soon as it is time to go to college, there are expectations from the society for us to be sure on all possible outcomes of our actions for the future.
How to get over it is a million dollar question. Accepting the change and moving on supports the law of mother nature as well as Darwin’s theory of “Survival of the fittest”. The only difference is, hereby survival we mean that we are hopeful and energetic towards our goal, have a vision in the head and are ready to put on the thrusts of hard work and dedication, while always ensuring that the learning curve is exponential on the way.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new instead. This process can be hard at first, messy in the way ahead, but certainly beautiful towards the end. Let’s not forget that progress is impossible without change. To evolve, one must start trusting the magic of new beginnings. Sometimes, it might not make sense and make us question everything and everyone around. But the smartest way to make sense out of change is to plunge in it, move with it and enjoy the dance.
It takes courage to let go of the familiar and embrace the new
The Importance of Vision
A vision is the bigger picture, defining who you want to be, what you want to be known for and the set of experiences and accomplishments you aim for. It is an image of the ideal life we want to lead.
For every individual, vision makes a different sense. For eg- My vision focuses on self-contentment. It sounds clichéd, but I believe all small goals and targets we set in life help us be happy, which is the ultimate goal for any human being. In order to break this down into smaller categories, I have a laundry list of actions I would want to focus on and bring in the change in myself. Here are the categories currently on my list:
- Health — exercise, diet, mindfulness and perspective
- Ability — developing skills and knowledge
- Relationships — curating and cultivating them
- Time — using it wisely
- Wealth — creating the value necessary to support goals
- Experiences- building them into Accomplishments
- Contentment — being happy with who you are
The perfect amalgam of the willing to accept the change and having a pragmatic vision in place is the key to finding the solution to your “early-career” crisis. So give it some time, breath, put your thoughts together to align your vision. Once there is a clarity on the same, find out what is the best way to get there. This will involve embracing a lot of ups and downs and your life will go through multiple transitions. But, it will be worth the pain as it is all for the greater good !!