Heaps of us, whether young or old, don’t have a clue what to do with our lives.
Worried parents and worried young ones struggle with the question, ‘Where am I going, I don’t know what to do with my life?’.
There seems to be an underlying question to all this – why am I here, what do I do with my life?
Look at this truth from the Bible – choose to believe it or not – but the Bible states clearly what our purpose in life is.
He said that life is about honouring God, our maker because we will stand before Him one day.
In saying that, here are some tips to help you work out what is important to you; what can add meaning and purpose to your life.
So I’ve gone to great lengths to research 17 life-changing, sure-fire, proven-to-work things to do when you don’t know what to do with your life.
So let’s get started…
What Will I Learn?
- 1) Talk to yourself
- 2) Find out what you want
- 3) Find out what you don’t want to accept any longer
- 4) The Happy Things
- 5) Don’t fear the unknown
- 6) Your Habits
- 7) No One Knows The Future
- 8) Live in the Present
- 9) Save Up
- 10) Don’t Waste Time
- 11) Add Value to the World
- 12) Discomfort will Come but Deal with it
- 13) Follow in Someone’s Footsteps
- 14) Trust Yourself
- 15) Take the Opportunity by Saying Yes
- 16) Unplug
- 17) Find Joy in Life
1) Talk to yourself
Ask yourself the big questions about the way forward; understanding what will bring contentment.
Contentment is actually what will make you happy in life and give you the kind of joy you’ve been yearning to have.
2) Find out what you want
Everyone has needs and desires and its time to figure out yours.
When you genuinely want something, you can be sure you will figure out a way.
Discover what you really want; inside and out.
It can be quite a difficult job to do especially when time becomes a significant constraint.
But it’s essential to make out time for yourself and really search out what you want in this life.
Try this out, and you’ll never say; I don’t know what I want to do with my life.
3) Find out what you don’t want to accept any longer
What makes you sick and tired?
Then get rid of it.
We all become complacent, never taking action.
Otherwise, you won’t be able to move forward.
It’s not an easy thing to do, and I’m not saying it is.
But it is the first step if you are trying to find out what you want to do with your life.
It could be toxic associations, material things, activities.
So stop asking ‘what should I do with my life?’ and start finding out what’s it you no longer want to accept.
4) The Happy Things
Do you hate what you are doing, sitting at your desk dreaming?
It’s time to figure out what your passions are.
Do you love music; flying; volunteering?
Then get out there and do it!
Put your heart into it.
Participating or doing something you love is the sweetest thing that can ever happen to you and I mean it!
So many people in the world today are stuck in a dead-end job and are bitter about life.
This is because they’re not doing what makes them happy and you don’t want to belong in the same shoes.
So if you hate your job, find a way to love it!
Go seek out other activities that you really enjoy, and that would take your mind off your blistering job.
5) Don’t fear the unknown
Modern life teaches us to be prepared for A, B, and C.
Accept that life is uncertain as it stands.
Once you accept that, you can go with the flow, even if you don’t know what you will do with your life.
Why should you fear something that hasn’t happened yet?
It doesn’t make any sense at all.
Truth is, what we fear will happen doesn’t always come to pass.
It has happened to you and me countless times.
6) Your Habits
Habits are a significant aspect when it comes to making changes to your life.
Ask yourself what you will do to help achieve the goals you want.
It’s essential to ask questions that’ll trigger a sense of action in your brain.
Instead of saying, ‘ I can’t afford this,’ instead, say this ‘how can I afford this?’.
7) No One Knows The Future
This is repetition for emphasis, but it’s essential I go over this point again because it’s incredibly important.
They are in the let’s-see-what-tomorrow-brings mindset, and that is what I want you to avoid.
You must guide your own ship and reach the destination you want.
You have to create your future.
It’s that simple!
No one on earth can create your future but you.
8) Live in the Present
The present is what you have control over; so it’s no use fretting over the past with regret.
Today is the day to change!
Here’s a couple of tips:
- Start small, focusing on single tasks, not taking on a whole lot of things at once.
- Do your tasks mindfully, taking it all in and enjoying it, being aware of it.
9) Save Up
Whether you want to study abroad or travel, it takes money.
If you spend all your salary from month to month, you simply won’t have the resources to pursue what you want.
Money can help us get on with our goals.
Spending money on unnecessary things and expect life to treat them fairly.
It’s never gonna happen!
So start saving up for your future goals and, you’d never have to say; ‘I don’t know what to do with my life.’
10) Don’t Waste Time
Every day you are getting older.
If you are young, start changing today.
And if you are old, don’t make the same mistakes today.
Some heavy time-wasters might include;
- Toxic friends
- Watching too much of TV programs and movies
- Excessive Partying
- Over-intensive Gaming
- Social networks
The list is just endless.
So stop immersing yourself in unproductive activities and get your life back on track.
11) Add Value to the World
If you aren’t thinking about how you can improve and add value to your world, you are not in the big picture.
Many people just want to take, without giving because they don’t care about the long-term picture, only the short-term.
Truly fulfilled and successful people don’t think like that.
You find yourself when you give to others.
When you give to others, you give to yourself as well.
You become happy.
Your life will take on a new leaf.
12) Discomfort will Come but Deal with it
We spend a lot of time on things that need to be “just right” – the weather, the perfect drink, our home.
We never push ourselves because we are in a comfort zone.
It might even mean be lowering your quality of life if not for a while, maybe permanently.
They say ‘whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’
13) Follow in Someone’s Footsteps
Anything you want to do has probably been done already by someone else.
And whatever you want to do or be is available to you to pursue online.
14) Trust Yourself
Sometimes we are hesitant to get started because we don’t trust ourselves and sometimes we feel embarrassed at what people will say if we fail.
That can be hard, yeah, but you’ve got to learn to rise above all that and become better.
Change the negativity into positivity, and don’t give up.
If you can’t trust yourself, then there is no point asking what to do with your life.
Trusting yourself involves more than just words.
15) Take the Opportunity by Saying Yes
Opportunities abound, and all it takes from you is to say yes, stacking up experience.
Never stop learning.
Opportunity, they say, comes but once.
So grab the ones that present itself without somersaulting.
We know what a beautiful place the internet is.
But it’s also essential for you to know your role which means setting boundaries.
17) Find Joy in Life
Think about the times in your life when you found the most joy.
Was it that summer camp when you were a counsellor?
Was it when you were travelling?
Be a voice and not an echo
Remember, self-pity is a dead end road.
Go on, get up, get back on track and see the positive energies come flowing your way!