Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “Life is a journey, not a destination”, but do you ever look at your life and wonder what direction you’re taking?
The experiences we accumulate, our personal growth and the relationships we build are vital in determining our quality of life and, whether we realise it or not, we also influence the lives of those around us, be they colleagues, family members or partners.
Finding the right path and living our best possible life can not only increase our happiness and contentment but can also have a positive impact on those around us.
Here are some questions to consider for living life and living it with purpose and direction:
First, what are you? Take inventory of the state you are in right now. Be honest with yourself and truly define what you are now. If you are not going to be honest with yourself at this point, you are not ready to set a direction for your life.
This question is different from “who are you?” The “who” question is a personal, internal reflection of your self-identity. The “what” question turns the personal, internal look at your life into the external view of what others see you as.
Second, what do you want to be? This question gives you a second point of reference that is used to direct your life choices. If what you are now and what you want to be are different, then you have the ability to motivate yourself to make the proper changes to get to what you want to be.
In order to set a direction, you have to have a current point of reference (what you are now) and a second point of reference (what you want to be). You are literally beginning to chart a new course.
After looking at what you are and what you want to be, you can identify the real changes you need to make. Changes such as education, career moves or even meaningful life changes can be identified and acted upon.
Once you have asked these questions and gained some clarity, identify some steps you can take and break them down into actionable events. Put them into a list and prioritise them.
This gives you the basis for getting on track and creating the lifestyle you want around the goals that matter to you.