“I have my whole life to decide what I want to do after online high school.” That’s what I said when I left high school. And you might be thinking that too. But I think it’s a mistake.
I mean, it’s a mistake if you’re thinking you can just go about your day at an online high school and then one day you’ll be on your way to success. Seriously! You don’t have your whole life ahead of you if you are allowing your route to be random.
However, It’s not a mistake if you’re exploring options along the way, basically designing your life with an eye towards what brings you joy. And a clear intention to follow a path that is your very own; with your very own loves validated; and your very own personality recognized. In that case, you actually do have your whole life to decide what you want to do. If you think about it, is there anything you loved 10 years ago that you still love today? Life changes! And if you are attentive to your direction you are setting yourself up to win at life.
So here are 3 questions to ask yourself after you finish online high school:
1. What is my immediate next step? Don’t think about the next 5 years or even 2 years but what is that exciting new chapter that you want to experiment with right now that will help you in making the next immediate decision.
2. What resources can I pull from? All of us have networks. Tap into those. Grandparents, parents, parents of friends, coworkers, supervisors, teachers. You get the gist. The next thing could literally be one person away.
3. How will I know if I made the right choice? At this point, it’s not about the right choice; it’s about the learning. The best way to know if this direction has any merit is to keep a journal. Write down the good and bad of it. What do you want to take away into the next chapter? What would you rather leave behind? The important thing is to always be learning and reflecting.
I used to say if I work really hard, the right opportunities will come my way. This is a true statement. But if you’re not purposefully seeking opportunities, while still attending your online high school, that you want to come your way, your chances of getting promotions to jobs you hate are super possible. Bosses and clients love hard workers. And if you’re a hard worker, believe me, you will be rewarded! But your boss or client may not care that it’s not your passion, she just cares that you’re hustling to make her look good.
Yes, now is the time to think about what you want to do; to be; to express. Not in terms of making life-long decisions that you’re stuck with forever and ever. But in terms of discovering, along with your daily duties what makes your soul sing.
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