Are you asking yourself the tough question, what should I do with my life? Deciding what your passions are and what you want to do with your life and career is a choice that we all have to make. If you don’t know where to begin, we’ve got some pointers.
1. Talk to other people
You can learn a lot by simply listening to others. What are their motivations, goals and ambitions? Are they on the kind of path that you would like to be on and if so, how did they get there?
You can speak to anyone about their career from friends and relatives, to acquaintances and friends of friends. Just having a normal conversation about them and their career can help you to start figuring out what you want.
2. Get inspired by career books
No matter what you choose to do, you will want to be successful at it. Have a look at what autobiographies and career books are out there that sound interesting to you and read a few chapters before you go to bed each night.
3. Know that it may take time to figure things out
Figuring out what you want to do with your life is a journey. It may change as you go along and there’s likely to be a number of times when you have a rethink and come up with a new plan.
4. Get out of your comfort zone
You may not have figured out what you are passionate about yet because you haven’t tried new things. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, rule out what you don’t enjoy and home in on what you do. This is especially key if you are currently feeling stuck in a rut.
5. Don’t be afraid to get it wrong
Failing helps us to learn and grow, so don’t hold yourself back because you are afraid you might fail. You won’t ever be able to pin down what makes you happy if you rule everything out because it sounds difficult.
6. Enjoy the journey
Don’t forget to appreciate the now rather than pressuring yourself about the future. Focus on achieving small goals and you never know, an answer could pop up when you are least expecting it.
What should I do with my life?
Hopefully, this question shouldn’t feel as daunting after reading the tips above. Remember, you don’t have to have everything figured out and there’s nothing wrong with changing course a few times along the way.