Why Pivoting Your Life’s Goals Is So Important
As a second year student in college, I have lived my life according to my penciled-in-plan in my planner. Ever since the beginning of high school, I have mapped out my weeks, months, even years, to when something should happen and the steps I will take to get there.
“How do you stay so on top of everything?” is a question I get asked asked often. To the outsider, it may seem that I have “everything figured out”. Well, as I sit here, writing this article, let me tell you, I don’t. Since starting college, I have been introduced to a completely new environment that encompasses so many people, ideas and opportunities that it has transformed my preconceived notion of my future.
By talking to other individuals and putting myself out there, I have learned what my interests are and what my disinterests are. By pushing myself to have new experiences and to be involved with things that I may think I want to do in my future, has been a huge indicator if it is actually something that will bring me joy. Recently, I have pivoted again. I pushed myself into an environment of where I thought I wanted to be. Once being there, I learned that field was not what I thought it would be like and therefore, it was not for me. By having this experience, it pushed me that much closer to where I need to be. I wouldn’t have come to the conclusion if I had not put myself out there.
Pivoting and switching around your plan may sound terrifying, believe me I thought it was too when I started to not follow the one I had laid out for myself. But we as people evolve and change over time. How are we supposed to know at age 15 what we want to be doing at 20, 25, or even 16? When I started to break away from my structured plan, I found myself having new experiences more than ever by being in different clubs, exploring having a blog and a podcast platform. It has been a liberating and an extremely educational experience.
Have a stumbled along the way? Of course. As cheesy as it sounds, every stumble, missed turn or fall makes you that much stronger to finding the right path for you. Your interests change. You change. Your plan should too so you can find what truly makes you happy in life and what you were meant to do.