Here are some steps to determine what you are truthfully pursuing in life. Try to answer in less than 20 seconds, with the first thing that comes to mind. You might be surprised.
1. WHAT MAKES YOU LOSE TRACK OF TIME?
I know there’s a reason there are some things I absolutely enjoy doing and can get lost in such activities. It’s a great mystery, but sometimes the minutes sneak by. By hurrying the result or wanted outcome (to make it happen) sometimes I stop being in the present.
I eventually realized that I never feel rushed when I am writing, reading, or painting. No matter how long it takes me to scan a short chapter, or a long one, it doesn’t matter the length as long as I am enjoying the read.
2. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
It might be children’s laughter, dogs playing, music, swimming, or some other passion. I pursued a good career in the retail facility industry with countless long hours for many years. While it was rewarding to work for a great company, somewhere along the way, I recognized I was not pursuing my passions.
What made me most happy was helping people grow, discover and understand what true happiness is. When I realized a pattern of how much I enjoyed writing, teaching and influencing people to be more connected with their true selves, I was more focused and fulfilled.
3. IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY BILLS TO PAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
The choices are plenty, and can be fun to think about. But to be really happy, it’s critical to realize what your driving force is. It will become much easier to make choices based on what you know your true desire is.
4. WHEN YOU ARE OLD, WHAT WILL MATTER THE MOST?
Climbing that career ladder, chasing rainbows, or trying to taste that pie in the sky might seem important now. You’ve given your all to survive and obtain what you have and who you are now to this point. But it is a powerful question to ask yourself how deeply it will touch people in 20 or 30 or 40 years from now. A plaque on the wall is a nice thing, but it’s probably not the best thing in life to be remembered for.
I’d like to be remembered as a friendly, living, loving, genuine person full of cheerfulness and enthusiasm. An award or job title doesn’t commemorate that.
5. WHAT ARE YOU REALLY AFTER?
Honestly ask yourself, what are you getting when you cross the finish line of this current race? Make certain it is in tune with your true desires.