305 - Finding Your For-Now Direction

Posted October 8, 2021 by Mark Perna

Episode: 305

Episode Title: Finding Your For-Now Direction

When you just don’t know what to do, you need a for-now direction. Here’s why this life strategy is so freeing, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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Hello and happy Friday on The Perna Syndicate! Yesterday we talked about the power of the for-now direction for young people who are picking a career path. Often, they’re terrified of making a forever decision—but a for-now direction, that they can change at any time? Much less scary.  

 

I would suggest that the for-now direction is not just for students. It can be a valuable life strategy for anyone, of any age, who feels overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do next.

 

The for-now direction frees you up to take small steps toward small goals while you figure out what your ultimate goals are. The idea is that you don’t stand still and get stagnant, that you keep taking steps down the tunnel toward whatever your personal light may be. Even if we’re not 100% sure of where we want to end up, it’s important to keep moving forward. 

 

Maybe you’re at a crossroads and you just don’t know which way to go. Think about what a for-now direction could mean to you—something to give you purpose even if it doesn’t turn out to be your ultimate destination. 

 

So how do you find your for-now direction? There’s a saying that goes, “when you don’t know what to do, do the next right thing.” I find that very helpful when I need a for-now direction. What’s the next right thing for me to do, right now in this moment? 

 

We have to keep growing, through all the challenges that life throws our way. Very few decisions have to be forever. Some can be just for now—and that’s okay. 

 

Thanks for being part of The Perna Syndicate this week! I’m your host, Mark Perna, and we’ll see you back here next week for more insights on education, careers, and the multigenerational workplace. Take care!


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