If you’re like many people, you probably aren’t following your best career path. As highly sensitive people, it’s extremely important for us to be in a career that meets our needs, such as a comfortable, physical environment, co-workers who share our values, work that is interesting or inspiring, and a position that utilizes our strengths.
Change can be a scary thing, especially when you don’t know what you really want or where your strengths lie. So what’s does a highly sensitive person do? You could stay in a situation that’s wrong for you but pays the bills, or you could take small steps to go in a better direction.
Depending on where you are, and where you want to be, you can make subtle changes without jeopardizing your current job. You might consider trying new things in your spare time to see what fits your personality.
Focus your energies on deciding what you like and don’t like about your current and past professions. You should also take into consideration your hobbies and interests. What are your strengths, and how would you like to utilize them? It’s important to write your answers down, and refer to your list often. These are important clues to help clarify what you truly want.
I knew at age thirty that I couldn’t work for anyone and needed to be self-employed. I worked in a family business for nine years. I was unhappy and not getting along with anyone, so I knew that I needed to make a change. I decided that I would make use of my experience and expertise and start my own business in a similar field. It wasn’t easy leaving a family business and dealing with the guilt and fear of starting a new venture, but I was determined to make it work. Thirty five years later, I’m proud to say that it worked out.
People have many “careers” throughout their lifetime. Their needs and circumstances change. I’ve been working on my next career. This has been a gradual process, and I have enjoyed it tremendously. Writing has been a strength and a passion for me, and I plan to do more of it in my retirement years. My book, Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity, is about my life as a highly sensitive person and the lessons that I’ve learned. This blog is another outlet for my writing and interests.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is that you need to be very clear about you want to do. It might take exploring and experiencing different things before you achieve this clarity. However, once you have a clear goal and a burning desire to succeed, you’ll be amazed at the momentum and resilience that you will have! All of your experiences, good and bad, will help you. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone, since you don’t want to let anything limit your possibilities and your potential.
Your answers, and ultimately your purpose, will come by learning as much about yourself as you can. The more you understand yourself, the better you’ll know your wants and needs. Highly sensitive people have a unique and powerful capacity for introspection. Use your deep thinking capabilities to determine a path that will be both fulfilling and perfectly suited to who you are and who you want to become!
Are you following your best career path? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.