When you’re in your most private moments, do you find yourself asking “What should I do with my life?” OR “Is this really what my life is? This is all I have, and the one day its just…done?”
Most of us are familiar with the dollar bill currencies we use every day. In fact, we guard that currency with our life. But currency is nothing more than something traded for something else.
Are we sure we’re aware of all the different currencies we have in life?
Currencies Other Than Money:
- Your time
- Your energy
- Your attention / focus
- Your life
Think about it, all of these things are given out to the world, by you, at your own discretion, so are you making sure you are getting the most bang for your buck when doing so?
- You don’t have unlimited amounts of them
- They are extremely valuable
- People are trying to take them from you, to get more for themselves.
How many people out there are trying to take your time, to get you to do things for them? What about something not being worth the energy you have to put into it, that makes sense too, right?
How about all the petty stuff that just isn’t worth the mental stress? So if we agree on all of those, why are we so afraid to design our lives exactly how we want, and go after that destination?
One day you will get to the point where you are literally near death, taking things one day at a time. One day, we will all be so old, that we could literally croak in our sleep for no reason other than we’re old and dusty. It happens.
So why are we spending precious life doing certain things when we’d rather be somewhere else, with someone else, and doing something completely different?
I don’t effing know either.
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I went through that in my early twenties, and it launched nearly a decade of self-discovery and soul searching for me.
- I dropped out of college
- Moved into a monastery (shaved head, robes, and everything)
- Traveled the world in search of who knows what etc…
Wouldn’t change it for the world, but you don’t need to do all that. Here are some quick questions I’ve come up with for you to start thinking about how to redirect your life.
As soon as you do that, you will be ready to take action, and that’s the seriously fun part. (Action is my favorite out of the three pillars)
So, take a deep breath, it’s time to answer the age-old question: what should I do with my life?!?!?!
1. What Can you do All Day, Even When it Sucks?
- Nothing is fun every day
- Problems never cease, you will simply have different ones
- Life happens in cycles, and some of them are rough
- Flow happens when your entire self is consumed
- The worst problems are people problems, what could you do if you had a boss screaming at you all day and still love doing it?
Personally, writing is it for me, that and learning. I go to sleep because I have to, and jump out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off.
Whatever makes you behave like that is a good start when asking yourself “what should I do with my life?”
2. What Do You Like to do that You Limit Yourself at for No Reason?
- Limiting beliefs may cause you to eliminate certain things you love from consideration
- You never know what is beneficial to society, yourself, or others in your circle.
- Often we are programmed as children to find certain avenues in life superior to others.
Maybe when you were a child you loved a certain activity but decided that it wasn’t valuable or lucrative.
Are you super good at tuba or something? Does that sound ridiculous? Somebody out there is outstanding at tuba and would love to make a living off it.
The internet exists, you could make a living off playing tuba, and spend your whole life doing something you love. Seriously.
Genuinely search yourself for something that lights your smoke signal. For me, it was learning, writing and helping others take action in their lives…Now I have THELIFESYNTHESIS (I thought it was a cool name) where I compile every piece of knowledge and resource I can find to do just that.
See how it works?
3. What Can You Get Lost in? (What Should I do with My Life?)
When you ask yourself “what should I do with my life?” remember that life is much about discovery, and masters often feel that their craft is revealing something to them.
So what do you enjoy so much that you could see yourself as a student forever in it?
- What causes you to lose track of time?
- What do you start at sun up and don’t finish until sundown?
- What makes you forget to eat and sleep?
4. What are You Willing to Suck at First?
- What are you so into, that you can deal with not being an expert at it immediately?
- What can you see yourself enjoying the process and journey of?
- What are you OK not being 100 percent successful at right at the start?
- What do you see yourself being interested in learning more about?
- What could you devote yourself to as an apprentice?
5. What Impact Would You Like to Make?
The question “What should I do with my life?” is a question asked when understanding how important our lives are.
Our lives are resources that we must appreciate and not waste.
Life is about impact, big or small, on yourself and others.
- What do you want to be remembered for having done?
- What changes would you like to see to fruition, or be the catalyst of?
- What kind of suffering would you like to eliminate or mitigate?
- What kind of services do you like to offer to others?
- How do you see others struggling and think “I could help with that easily?”
6. Design your Life with No Limitations?
What should I do with my life means what can I do with my life? And the answer is anything.
Humans are not so powerful that we can make demands on mother nature, but whether you called it god, the universe, source, or the natural order, it’s almost as if something WANTS us to achieve.
A huge corner in my life was turned when I realized….”I am not imposing by believing that I have every right to achieve what I want.”
The top of the success mountain is flat, and there is room for everyone. Whoever doesn’t agree, can get off my bus. (Thanks, Jon Gordon!)
Aside from sprouting wings and breathing without oxygen, the limit of your potential is related to only three factors:
- Putting in the right amount of effort
- For the right amount of time
- And redirecting that time and effort with appropriate experimentation
In order to reach your destination: do what you need to do, for as long as you need to, and follow the current of what’s working. Leave behind what doesn’t. Pay attention.
7. Die in One-year Visualization
What should I do with my life is a question often limited by our own fears. Abnormal fears at that.
Abnormal fears are anything other than the fear of falling or the fear of being eaten by something. Fear about speaking in public, or getting on stage is abnormal because we are not really in any danger.
Abnormal fears are nothing but worry. Worry that is usually unfounded in the first place. Our imaginations take over us an create the worst case scenario is our minds….
But if you were to die in one year, all of that would fall away. You’d have a completely different attitude (maybe YOLO isn’t so bad after all).
So if you had to die in one year, asking yourself “what should I do with my life” wouldn’t be that difficult, and you would go and do it all.
You would have no issue risking failure, embarrassment or ridicule, because “it wouldn’t matter when it all comes down to it”..
BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO IT NOW. So just do it. That’s a checkmate friend, see you tomorrow.
When you get serious about life, ask yourself a few questions to decide what direction you want to take:
- What can you do all day even when it sucks?
- What do you limit in your life for no reason?
- What can you get lost in?
- What can you suck at when you’re a beginner?
- How would I tell Picasso to paint my life, with a blank canvas and no rules?
- What would I do if I had only one year left to live?
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