Did you ever feel that you have lost track of what you want in your life? When you are working, are you doing your job only because of the salary? Have you written your dream on a tiny notebook (or carved in a stone) and totally hid it so deep it reached the core of the earth? If you at one point thought about some or most of these, you may be experiencing what experts call a ‘drift syndrome’. And you’re not the only one.

In fact, “when we can’t figure out why we’re doing what we’re doing, or how we ended up working the job we’re working, a sense of ‘drift’ settles in” (DiSalvo, 2012). Often as a result, decisions are made by not deciding than as a result of planning. Here are some of the reasons I myself have experienced and as you read along, you may be able to realize the symptoms and hopefully take action against it.

  • Experiencing Sunk-Cost Fallacy

Most people are so practical that often they make rational decisions based on the future value of objects, investments and experiences. However, the truth is your decision is tainted by your emotions that it’s harder to abandon if you invested so much in it.

For example: You worked in a job you previously don’t have an idea (just to get experience) and you excelled in it, promoted and worked for almost 4 to 5 years. One day, you realized you didn’t want it and you decided to pursue something else – probably your dream – but you have invested so much in your current career where you’ll feel you’ve passed the point of no return. This then effectively halts you on your feet, as your friends and family would often convince you to think it through and decide carefully – which means sticking to your day job.

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