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Four Fantastic Strategies To Stop Saying I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life

As we approach milestone birthdays with a zero in them, we may get the urge to do something worthy with our lives.  Another spin around our beautiful blue planet may cause you to reflect and think about what to do with your life.  If you were to ask a child about what they want to do, most likely, they would overflow with all types of answers.

Uncovering what to do with your life could involve using your passions, making a difference in the lives of others and doing work that brings you joy. Contrast this to a life of quiet desperation where you’re simply tolerating the routine of everyday living.

If you’re ready to figure out what to do with your life, I’ve listed 4 exercises for you to complete that may help you discover what to do with your life.  Schedule an appointment with yourself to do the following exercises.

Strategy #1: Be A Kid Again

The first strategy is to uncover things you previously enjoyed doing and make a list.  What did you enjoy most as a child? What did you do for hours looked in your room as a teen? What were your favorite activities? What type of cartoons and TV shows did you enjoy and why?  The motive behind this question is it prompts you to think of things you once enjoyed and when you felt the world was your oyster. Continue to ask yourself these questions until you have a list of at least 20 things.  Don’t censor yourself with the things you write, really brainstorm about what you enjoyed in the past and what you now enjoy.  This may hold the key to uncovering your passion.

Strategy #2: What Causes You Pain?

Most people will simply never go any further to do the things they once enjoyed on a daily basis. This is because the majority of the time, we will do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure. What are things you do the most to avoid pain?   However, things that annoy you and have the potential to be painful may be another way to uncover what to do with your life.  What changes can you implement up help avoid pain in your life and in the life of others.  Sometimes, the very thing that annoys or infuriates us can be just what you’ve been called to do to make things right again.

Strategy #3: Create a Don’t Want List

If you were to walk down any major street and survey people about what they DO want, most would be at a loss.  On the other hand, ask them what they DON’T want and they can quickly rattle off a list as long Santa’s.  Use this strategy to create a list of the all the things you don’t want in your life as well as the things you tolerate.  Really brainstorm this list and include a minimum of 20 things you no longer want.  Once done, go through each item and list the exact opposite.  This can bring to light the things you really want and inspire you with what to do with your life. 

Strategy #4: Change The World

What is the legacy you want to leave?  What do you want others to remember about you?  As much as we try to avoid it, this is what I know for sure.  Everyone will take their last bow one day on the stage of life.  This reality may ignite your thoughts about what to do with your life.  Most people dream of changing the world which is to be commended.  However, to change the world you have to first change your world.

In closing, you can always refer back to the above 4 strategies so that you finally live the life you are worthy of, and play a big game in life.  Don’t let limiting beliefs about what’s possible stop you from taking action to go on this journey for what to do with your life.  When you truly desire to live by design and not by default, you can live each day as if it’s Christmas morning.