I’ve had more than one client say to me “I can't do X because I've wasted too much time doing Y.” Here's the deal - you have not wasted too much time doing anything. I've got five reasons why you haven't wasted too much time.
You know that feeling you've got right now? That "Totally lost, I'm stuck, WTF am I even supposed to do with my career, Can't someone just tell me what I'm supposed to be doing?!?" feeling? Man it sucks doesn't it? I know that feeling. I've been through two major career shifts of my own and have since helped dozens of clients, just like you, figure out WTF they want to do and how to get there.
So, no you don't have to do it alone. Promise. However, only you can know what's right for you. Let me show you how.
Many people who are trying to figure out what they want to do with their careers - want to DO IT NOW! They want to skip really important steps because they want to just figure it out right now. However they have some steps that they need to follow. I believe it every single person should start with some of the BIG “life questions” like “Why do I work?”, “What is Meaningful to me?” you know, “How do I want to be in the world?” You should start here, but there a lot of people that are just not even wanting to do those questions - they want to skip ahead. So, the next thing that they get to is “Okay, I'm going to write out a list of all of the things that I can do.” Then they write out a list of skills that they can do and they start looking at jobs that line up with the skill sets they have. That's actually the wrong way to go about it…
Whether you’re aiming for an elevated position at a new job or want to move up in your current company, in order to do this thing right, you’ve got to think strategically. As I like to say ‘You gotta do the work to do the work.” (Even if you’re not jockeying for a promotion - these actions will help you be a better employee, leader and coworker.)