How to Start Figuring Out Your Life


Are you struggling to figure out your life? Figuring out your life is about way more than figuring out what you're going to be when you grow up. It’s really about knowing yourself and how you want to spend your precious time on earth. Join Katy to learn her 2 step process for sorting through your personality, strengths, and values to figure out want to do with your life.

The days of picking one specific profession that defines your life are quickly coming to an end. The employment landscape is rapidly changing. Job analysts forecast that the future of work is going to look very different than the traditional model. Instead of working in a steady vocation, work of the future will require that you hop from project-based, freelance, and self-employment. This shift in the nature of work is an opportunity for us to do work that speaks to our most authentic interests, talents, strengths, personality and goals.

The trick is not determining the one thing you want to be when you grow up, but instead success in the employment environment of the future will depend on having a strong sense of self and clear understanding of what you can offer to the world. This requires a change from “figuring out” our lives “to designing and creating” a life that harnesses and celebrates your many talents, interests, and passions.

Figuring out you life transforms from being a task to check off your college to-do list to a project you tinker with from the rest of your days. This is the good news. It means there is no wrong answer. That if you step in it you can pivot and step out of it.

It also means that the best place to start figuring out your life is to start understanding yourself. There are a million ways to do this, but I strongly recommend getting started by doing some self assessments in the areas of personality, strengths, and values. Followed up with some very strategic and honest reflection.

Since this step can be a little challenging, I also recommend enlisting an unbiased trusted advisor to help give you feedback and direction. Friends and family are usually not the people for this job because they are too biased and emotionally invested in you. I recommend finding a mentor or professional at your school to help you with your exploration. Professors, advisors and career counselors are great people to talk to about designing your life.  You can also work with a private coach, like me, to help you stay on track and make sense of everything you’re discovering and considering about your life.

If you are interested in figuring out your life, get started by downloading our free Life Design Quick Start Guide. Here you’ll find links to different personality, strengths, and values assessments and guided reflection questions to help you make sense of everything.

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