Life only exists in the now.
From cradle to the grave, life is our treasured existence, our only experience, and our greatest gift. It is possibility, pressure, and power.
Despite what it might look like to you, you have life.
So, what should you do with it?
“What should I do with my life?” is an all-too-common question we all ask ourselves.
Luckily, in this article, we will guide you through the 4 greatest things you can do with your life. If you are able to follow these 4 guidelines, you will live a fulfilled life.
1. Recognize Your Desires
Answering the question of “what should I do with my life?” can easily start with answering the question of, “what do I want in life?”
As simple as this question seems, it contains deeper layers to answer. And answering that is only possible if you don’t get distracted by false desires of infatuation.
What are your true desires in life?
In order to find what your heart truly desires, you will need to separate your soul-calling passions from the mind-drowning stimulants we are so often exposed to.
But alas, desire is not enough to capture the essence of life determination. Indeed, fulfilling your desires can give you quite the rush of satisfaction, but it tends to be followed by the hollowness of “what next?”
This is where meaning comes in. That is, the value of what we are doing and the grand, overarching message of all our actions and plans.
2. Assign Meaning
I’m not searching for the meaning of life, but I’m looking for a meaning within my life.– David Lowery
If life is really a box of chocolates, then meaning is the taste of each decadent truffle.
Without meaning, life and purpose are hollow. As such, every action you take (or have taken) has absolutely no consequence to the meaning and enjoyment of your life.
In contrast, meaning can be the strength you need to overcome the most difficult of circumstances. In the same way, it provides engagement to the next task project or goal in your life, which ultimately makes your life purposeful.
It is not enough to assign meaning to the circumstances, events, or memories. Rather, you need to have a meaning that will add to every occurring event in the present moment.
This is what it is to truly live meaning.
Meaning gives value to life, and value to life is fulfillment in life. Yet, you can have meaning and still not experience success.
“What should I do with my life?” Has a big emphasis on ‘do,’ which leads us further down the path.
3. Practice Self-Reflection
The essence of life is finding something you really love and then making the daily experience worthwhile.– Denis Waitley
This is where you find where your perfect contribution to the world. Namely, the nuts and bolts of answering, “what should I do with my life?”
Always begin with a little intellectual honesty. Be honest with yourself and really ask, “what am I doing with my life?”
You will need a clear understanding of where you currently are in life and how you can leverage that position to move forward.
Need a little assistance? This ISO system can help you get from where you are to where you want to be. The ISO system is based on your interests, skills, and opportunities.
What is something in life that you just can’t ignore? When there is a shelf full of books standing before you, what subjects stand out? In other words, what are your interests?
Use your excitement to guide you.
What you think you are good at, what others think you are good at, or what you have been commended for, are all good indicators of your skills.
Occupation tests, class grades, trophies, and compliments on your abilities can all help you to narrow down the skills you have. As well as, those things you personally have great confidence in.
Skills are one of the easiest to determine, but sometimes can be hidden in the indicator. For example, if you have a sports award, it could mean you are athletic. However, this athleticism could be masking a hidden skill of leadership.
Usually, skills are the primary focus of “what should I do for a living?” Which can be quite short-sighted.
The “knowledge trap” is when we don’t know what we don’t know. Many times, we aren’t aware of the fact that we are surrounded by opportunities.
For instance, every person has something that makes them truly useful; the problem is that we generally can’t find that useful thing within ourselves. However, it’s much easier for us to see the use and value in other people.
For this, we are given endless opportunities to ask the people in our life what makes us useful. Look at the people in your life as mentors, possible partners, or helpers.
Look at everything as an opportunity to hone in on your personal ability and purpose.
4. Discover Your Purpose
Purpose can be a tricky thing as it is often seen as a single, pinnacle goal to reach. When in fact, purpose is a series of goals leading to a basket full of beautifully accomplished goals.
Thus, the question “what is my purpose?” is one asked many times, continuously and unceasingly, with the gradual attainment of clarity.
Michael Beckwith says that purpose is not something you create, but what the universe has given you. Additionally, he has formulated a process called Visioning to define this purpose.
The purpose of life is to create yourself anew, in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about who you are. It is to announce and become, express and fulfill, experience and know your true self.– Neale Donald Walsch
What should I do with my life? Is not a question, but a quest.
A journey to your grandest self; to your most inner being. So, enjoy the journey.