I'm pretty confident we're all overwhelmed. We're in a stage where tables are turning: people are doing things for themselves instead of depending on big institution to do things for them. There are fantastic companies out there who help their employees with personal career goals (+10 points for them), but we still have to choose what to do. You've gotta understand something. We live in a world now (this is specific to developed countries btw) in which there is literally nothing you can't learn to do--if you want. Guess what the key phrase was in there. If you want. We're having trouble deciding what to do and where to go, and sometimes we just take what's in front of us, what's given to us. Don't do that. At least don't do it blindly. The best way to know what direction to go is to stop and decide what matters to you.
Get your personal guidelines and move in that direction.
Keep in mind, you can stop, evaluate, and adjust what you want at anytime. That's the beauty of life.
Note: sometimes things will be tossed your way, throwing you off the path. Trust it for 5 seconds will you? You can't complain every time something doesn't go your way. Trust that you are a creative enough person to make it work.
Thanks to Seth Godin for this amazing post:
Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.
The end of the industrial era is opening countless doors. So many doors, in fact, that it's easy to become paralyzed. Without a clear understanding of what you want, it's harder than ever to get it.
Most of the time, we treat our careers like a buffet. "Show me what's available and then I'll decide..."
With the revolution going on all around us, there's so much on the buffet you're likely to just grab something convenient. Better, I think, to decide what matters first, and go do that.