The greater danger for most of us lies
not in setting our aim
too high and falling short;
but in setting our aim too low,
and achieving our mark.
Have you ever felt like you are staying in the same place, going around and around the same circle over and over in life? Like you are not moving in the direction you had always thought and hoped you would go? Wouldn’t it be great to get a better handle on your life aspirations and begin to achieve them? Here are a couple of tips you can use to help figure out what you want to do with your life.
1. Start by writing down your life goals. Write out your goals and your progress toward each of them. What are you doing to accomplish them?
- Revisit your list of goals from periodically. Perhaps you have had particular goals that you no longer care to work toward. If so, then it is perfectly acceptable to take those no-longer-desired goals off your list.
2. Pick 5. Next, list 5 activities that you thoroughly enjoy doing. Reflect on those activities which totally ignite your spirit and passion. Determine how you can incorporate these things that you love to do into your current life goals.
- If you struggle to connect a cherished activity with any of your actual goals already listed, still include that beloved activity on the list.
- These ideas may help trigger your mind to come up with your own list: working with new people, writing assessment reports, performing internet research, setting up meetings, creating weekly sales goals, and doing some outdoor activity.
3. Make time for your goals. Spend at least 20 minutes every day thinking about each of your life goals. Ponder how you can include working toward each goal in the course of your average week. Imagine how you might incorporate some of your favored activities into your job.
- Give yourself permission to consider the options of doing what you actually want to do to achieve your life goals, instead of what you feel you “have” to do.
- Once you have discovered what you want to do in life and start moving in that direction, you can achieve success.
4. Look at what you have first. Which activities do you already possess the necessary supplies for? Place a check-mark by them. You will know you are ready to get started on those things right away.
- For example, if you absolutely love painting with oil paints and you have everything you require to start painting now, check it off.
5. Make time for your passions. Take some time for the things you are most passionate about. Take out your calendar and block off time this week to start achieving goals and doing the activities you have already check-marked.
- Maybe you can reserve two hours on Thursday night to do some internet research a subject you want to know more about or to get a step closer to a life goal.
6. Review the activities on your list that lack check-marks. Figure out now how much money or time it will take to get to the point where you will have all the necessary supplies and can take part in each of the activities or work toward that goal.
- Project a date that you feel you can be ready to start taking part in the activity.
7. Baby steps. Establish mini-steps to achieve an overall larger or complex goal. If your capacity to accomplish a goal depends on a career change, what concrete, doable and actionable steps can you take now to accomplish the goal of getting such a job? Write them out and then insert those steps into your calendar.
8. Today!!! Not tomorrow. Do something today! Work toward what you want in life in some way every day. Make quick notes in your calendar to document what you did today to enjoy life and get closer to your goals.
Make the time to rediscover your passion for life by figuring out what you truly want to do with it. Then do whatever it takes. Your life’s goals are right there, so go for it!