Are you following your best career path? If you’re like many people, you probably aren’t. It’s extremely important for highly sensitive people to be in a career that meets their needs. These needs include being in a proper physical environment where you work with like-minded people in a comfortable setting and be in a position to utilize your strengths and interests.
Change can be a scary thing, especially when you don’t know what you really want to do or where your strengths lie. So what’s does a highly sensitive person do? You could stay in a situation that’s totally wrong for you, you can have a good enough career that pays the bills, or you can 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 and seeing what fits your personality.
Focus your energies on deciding what you like and don’t like about your current and past professions and also note what your hobbies and interests are. What are your strengths and how would you like to utilize them? It’s important to write your answers down and refer to it 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. It was a very difficult time! 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 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 have enjoyed it tremendously.
Writing has been a strength and a passion for me and I plan to do more of this 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. I also have this Blog and a quarterly HSP newsletter. You can get more information from my website http://www.thehighlysensitiveperson.com.
The lessons I’ve learned are you need to be definite about you want to do. This might take exploring and experiencing different things before you do this. Once you have a burning desire to do something, you’ll be amazed how you overcome the difficulties that get in your way. All of your experiences, good and bad, will help you. Don’t be afraid to go above your comfort zone. It will take you places that you’ve never dreamed of! How can you expand your many possibilities if you stay in a safe place?
Your answers will come by learning as much about yourself as you can. The more you learn about yourself, the better you’ll know your wants and needs. Does this make sense? If so, how come you haven’t taken or made the time for self-reflection? Highly sensitive people have the unique capability to do so.
Are you following your best career path? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.