What To Do When You Have No Idea What’s Next

What To Do When You Have No Idea What’s Next

Did I ever tell you about the time I got fired? Actually, I wasn’t really fired. My boss, a friend of mine, just offered my job to someone else without telling me. Another person on the staff where I worked broke the news to me.

Needless to say, the next few months were pretty traumatic. It was an abrupt and painful ending to something I really enjoyed doing.

For the next six-months I felt like I was kind of wandering around trying to figure out what to do next.

Kierkegaard said, Life must be lived forward, but is only understood looking backwards. Too true. As I look back, I realize that God used that in-between time to prepare me for what I’m doing today. During that time I developed the Summit Life 6-month coaching program, I wrote Vision Map, and I read a bunch of books that prepared me to help folks in similar situations.

Many of people who come to Summit Life now are in life transitions. Adult children just left the house, a long-term relationship ended, a job was lost, they want a major career change, etc. They tell me about the horrible feeling of not knowing what’s next. I feel like I can relate in some way.

So I share with them an important lesson I’ve learned:

It’s in the in-betweens that you are being prepared for your next assignment.

The in-between is uncomfortable. You feel like you’ve lost your purpose. But in reality you are just being re-assigned. So the key is to make sure you leave yourself lots of mental and emotional space to process what just happened. Sometimes you need to talk it out with someone.

Too often, in the franticness of the moment, people don’t want to think about what just happened. They just want to move on to the next thing. But taking time to process in those seasons is one of the most important things you can do. It ensures you enter the next season strong. And never forget, it is only a season. And seasons change.

If you feel like you are in-between right now, don’t lose heart. Embrace where you are. Don’t just run around trying to stay distracted. Be purposeful with your time. Read. Pray. Build relationships. It won’t always be this way. Your next assignment is ahead. Get prepared for the bright things ahead in your next season.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Pr. 4:18


P.S. You really should check out the Summit Life program.

I put the disciplines I used my transition time into video and written format. It’s good for any age group or life season.

I put my master’s degree in counseling to use as you and I meet on a regular basis to process what’s going on in your life. We develop a Vision Map for every area of your life to help you move forward. You’ll read through six life-changing books. You’ll learn some powerful techniques to help develop the prayer routine you’ve always wanted.

A new group starts October 1. But if you just can’t wait, you can actually start today. Click here to check it out.