What Are You Doing With Your Life?
By Chris Savage
Are You Lost?
Everyone feels that way sometimes.
Don't let it weigh you down and keep you stuck, use it as an opportunity.
From this point forward you can design a great life for yourself. This post will show you how to do that.
What Is Your Life’s Purpose?
1. What do you love to do?
Finding your life’s purpose isn’t as daunting as it sounds. You don't have to read 100 books on “how to find your life’s purpose”.
You don't have to seek out a guru to tell you what your purpose is either.
What you do need to do though, is go within and ask yourself a few questions.
Start with this: What do you love to do? I'll Guarantee your ultimate purpose will be related to something that makes you feel good when you're doing it.
Put together a list of things you love to do or would love to do.
2. What Does Your Intuition Say?
Put your conscious critical mind to the side and listen to your inner voice. Ask yourself “what is my purpose?” and wait for an answer.
It might be something you hadn’t thought of before. It might sound strange. Or you might hear the answer and say “Yes! That’s it!”.
Listen to your inner voice. Your inner wisdom is a powerful force but you need to tap in and trust what it tells you.
3. What Are Your Best Memories?
Look back over your life. What has given you the most joy? What activities do you lose yourself in? Sometimes we forget about past experience.
It’s not until we stop and go back through the past that we remember.
Write down some key moments in your life when you felt amazingly good. What were you doing at those times and what about them made you feel so good?
4. How Do You Want to Contribute to the World?
We all have a desire deep down that we’d like to do. Something we'd like to contribute to the world while we’re here.
Whether it's creating or building something, or giving the best of yourself to help other people, there is a desire and a purpose inside you.
Brainstorm what mark you’d want to leave on the world while you’re here. Don’t let your critical mind or the voice of fear shoot you down.
If there were no limitations, what contribution would you most like to make?
6 Steps to Know What to Do
1. Decide Who You Want to Be
The first step in figuring out what to do with your life is to decide who you want to be. Not who you are, but who you want to be.
What characteristics do you want to have?
How will you think differently than you do now?
Would your appearance be and would you carry yourself?
Put together an image of the ideal future you have in your mind, down to the last detail.
2. Know What You Want
What do you want to have in your life? Do you want a nicer home or a new automobile? Maybe you want a family or a pet.
You might want a master’s degree in a topic that interests you. Nothing is off the table here.
When you’re clear about what you want in your life you tend to get it.
You’ll have to put in work to get it, but you’ll have direction and structure in terms of what you should do next.
3. Know What You Don't Want
Just as important as knowing what you want is knowing what you don’t want.
You probably don’t want a dysfunctional relationship or a toxic peer group who keep you down. But what else?
Being aware of what you don’t want and being able to recognise it when it tries to enter your life will save you time, emotional pain, and your peace of mind will stay intact.
4. What Type of Life Do You Want?
If you could change your life in practical ways and make it better what would it look like?
Would you be in the same career, living in the same area?
Your brain needs a blueprint or a map to follow.
By having clarity about your life and where you want to go you activate your RAS (Reticular Activation System).
You'll start seeing opportunities that align with who and where you want to be.
5. Who Do You Want in Your Life?
The people you have in your life, particularly people you’re intimate with or see every day, have a huge effect on your future.
What types of people would you prefer to be around?
Who do you think would inspire you to be your best self?
You can make your own virtual peer group.
What information and characteristics should you be learning, absorbing and internalising, that you can apply in your own life?
6. Put It All Together
If you’ve asked yourself the previous questions in this section and answered them properly you should have a much better idea of what you want to do with your life.
Now put it all together. You only need ten minutes and a sheet of paper.
Write your future as if you were there now.
Include who you are, and the life you have, and other details all in the present tense. You’re planting seeds in your mind.
The more you read and reaffirm the vision you have it the quicker you'll start moving towards it.
What You Should Be Doing Now
1. Learn as Much as You Can
Your mind is the most important tool you have when it comes to finding direction in your life and living with purpose.
Read books, listen to audios and watch courses on topics you’re interested in.
Learn from the people who are now doing what you want to do and living how you want to live.
Knowledge applied is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.
2. Look For Opportunity
Opportunities are all around you if you look for them.
To recognise an opportunity you have to be clear about what you're looking for.
If you don't know that you have no reference point for why a particular sequence of events is, in fact, an opportunity.
Keep your mind open. Sometimes the best opportunities are right in front of your face.
We expect an opportunity to have neon lights flashing “here’s your opportunity!”
It’s usually more subtle, and most of the time the biggest opportunities are hiding inside misfortune or challenge.
3. Learn Valuable Skills
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to master a valuable skill.
It can be anything you feel drawn to, but whatever it is, be good at it.
Use that skill as a launchpad to a new and better future. Ideally, you want to master a skill that can be perceived as valuable to other people.
Become an expert in a field, get around other people who share the same skill, never stop learning and applying what you know.
4. Set Real Goals
Goals are the blueprint for your future. Some would go so far as to say without clear goals for yourself you’d have no future, and they’d be right.
Make smaller, easier goals for the next year to get some quick wins and make your longer-term goals bigger and more audacious.
Remind yourself of your goals regularly, by writing them down daily or weekly.
If you’re serious about your goals and you’re not just fantasising, you should be able to recite all your goals in your sleep.
5. Build a Strong Mind and Body
The biggest investment you can make in your life is in yourself.
Your mental and physical health is the source of all future successes or failures.
A strong mind and body will get you through the tough times and allow you to enjoy the good times to the max.
When your mind and body are in good shape, life flows smoother and things start "happening" for you.
6. Develop Positive Life Habits
Who you are and the state of your life today is a culmination of your habitual thoughts and behaviors from your past.
The concept of cause and effect should be imprinted on your mind. It's absolute and never fails. You reap what you sow.
Where you end up in your future in any area of your life is determined by your habits today.
No one can escape this, so make sure how you think and what you do are in line with where you want to be. If they’re not, fix them fast.
7. Raise Your Standards
Life is about growth and a compelling future is no different.
To be your best self means demanding more from yourself than anyone else would ever expect.
An above-average life requires an above-average mindset.
Don’t let yourself off the hook when you’re tempted to be lazy or put something off until tomorrow that you could do today.
Hold yourself to a higher standard. You know what you need to do. Get it done.
Quotes About What to Do With Your Life
"I live my life day by day, and that's how I continue to live it" - Naomi Campbell
"I let people see the cracks in my life. We can't be phony. We've got to keep it real" - Charles R. Swindoll
"My therapy has come from paying attention to my life" - Oprah Winfrey
"I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature" - Paulo Coelho
"I'm coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life, and I don't want to die in my office. I want to die on the beaches" - Jack Ma