🌼How To Know What You Want Out of Your Life (TREASURE THIS)
Gaining clarity of purpose
How to know what you want from life
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Most people’s lives look like this: Work-eat-sleep. Repeat. They don’t have a clue where they’re headed or what they want out of their life. And that’s a surefire way to become disillusioned.
People chase money, power, and social status because it’s the in-thing, that’s what is expected of them, and that’s what everyone else is doing.
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Fear of missing out (FOMO) becomes a major driving force for whatever they do. No wonder they feel lost, stuck in the middle of nowhere, not knowing why they are doing what they are doing.
Your life is worth more
Following the herd — and getting ahead of them — cannot be your life purpose. At best, it is a futile, self-defeating pursuit. You’ll never get the feeling of having made it by surviving and winning the rat race.
That’s because, in your heart of hearts, you know you’re capable of doing more, being more, and accomplishing more.
Although everyone knows that knowing your ‘what’ holds the key to happiness and fulfillment, most don’t know how to gain clarity on what they want to do with their life.
If you’re one of them, scroll down, and you’ll unfold the secret of how to discover your purpose.
Here are five easy ways to figure out what you want to do with your life.
1. Practice self-awareness
Self-awareness empowers you to understand yourself. Directing attention towards the self helps you tune within, and you know your authentic self.
Your life purpose should revolve around your values, principles, and aspirations, and self-awareness helps you know your desires and passions.
This will help you set goals that resonate with your true calling and are right for you. You’ll then look forward to enthusiastically getting up every morning and working for your dreams with single-minded devotion.
Self-awareness enables you to monitor your thoughts and feelings, gauge your reaction and control your behavior and emotions.
When you understand how you operate, you can figure out what motivates and gets you going. You will also gain insight into what limits and triggers you and brings out the worst.
Thus, with deep self-knowledge, you can maneuver yourself and navigate around the things you want to avoid. It also helps you to practice self-control and self-discipline, set rules, and guard your boundaries.
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2. Live intentionally
Consciously living aligned with your true North and in sync with your beliefs helps you to stop living on autopilot, and meaningfully engage in activities that enable you to progress and create value in your life.
This allows you to figure out what is important to you, what you like and are passionate about, what doesn’t go with your fundamental beliefs and doesn’t serve you. You are better able to know what you want in life and make choices accordingly.
Finding your purpose is critical because it makes your life worth living. It guides you to walk on the path of self-improvement and personal development.
3. Take control of your life
When you listen to others, heed their advice blindly, and let them steer your life, you often feel lost. That’s because you’re living someone else’s life and fulfilling their dreams.
When you step into the driver’s seat, you are in control. Taking ownership of your life makes you aware and responsible, and boosts your sense of self.
Also, when you take charge, you acknowledge that you are important, you are the centerpiece of your life, and you are committed to living your life in the best possible way. This provides you the confidence to choose what you like, identify what you are good at, and follow your heart.
4. Explore your strengths
Life is meaningful and enjoyable when you win at your game. Each person has their own unique abilities and talents. But many are oblivious of them and choose to pursue goals that either others set for them or think will go with their personality. And that’s where things go southward.
Awareness of your positive traits and strengths will not only acquaint you with your strong points but also helps you identify the areas of your interest and mastery.
It’s a lot easier to become better at what you are already good at and enjoy doing rather than starting something from scratch and pushing yourself to excel in that area or field.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s all competition, where you fight with others of your own type. Loving what you do and doing it well will put you in a privileged position and render you an edge over others, providing you with the competitive advantage that will turn the odds in your favor.
5. Find out what makes you happy
All your efforts to become successful and achieve goals boil down to one simple thing: happiness. Without exception, the sole reason why people do anything is to experience joy and a sense of contentment.
Therefore, knowing what makes you happy, what success means to you, and how it is related to your happiness are critical.
Discovering the true means of feeling happy in what you do will make your decision-making easy.
It will allow you to walk on the path that makes you feel nurtured and cherished and give you the courage to push your limits and stretch your boundaries.
Happiness is vital for everyone. When you prioritize happiness in your life, it serves as your guiding light. You automatically gravitate towards things that uplift your spirits, make you feel come alive and help you bring out the best in you.
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Knowing what you want to do with your life will help you shift gears from surviving to thriving mode. You’ll live life purposefully, doing things you love and pursuing goals that resonate with your authentic self.
Finding your life purpose and knowing what you want to do with your life is anything but easy. You have to check a lot of boxes before you reach there.
But once you have a clear vision of what you want to be and where you aspire to reach, you’ll be able to design the life of your dreams and live with greater happiness and satisfaction.
CONTRIBUTED BY Dr. Roopleen
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