Hit that reset button. Restart or refocus as many times as you need to if that’s what it takes for you to find your calling or identify your purpose in life. You don’t need to figure everything out today, next week, or next month. Take your time but do something. Anything to bring you closer to your goals or the life you want to live. It’s okay not to even know what that is right now. Just believe that someday you will find your “happily-ever-after” and never lose hope.
1) Have a test run
Maybe you have always wanted to quit your job and try something new but you’re not sure what you should be doing. Maybe you can’t decide between starting a small business, travelling the world, or working freelance. It’s fine. Don’t panic. Just try doing something that you’re interested in. Start small and then see if you like it.
2) Make a ‘U-Turn’ or pass ‘Go’
If you don’t feel comfortable with something you’re doing or decide that you don’t like it, you can always make a U-Turn or pass Go. Always remember that you have options and you don’t need to force yourself to continue doing something that doesn’t bring you any joy. There’s no right or wrong. Don’t worry about what people would say or think. Your happiness is more important.
3) Get some downtime
If you feel stuck, watch as many TV series as you need to in order to stop your brain from worrying or overthinking. You don’t need to feel guilty for binge watching or not having a direction in life. But give yourself a deadline. At some point, you need to get back on your feet and focus on your next move.
4) Talk to people
Share your ideas or concerns with your family and friends no matter how silly you think they are. They may be able to offer some insights or helpful advice. Most of all, you will feel more confident after getting some support and encouragement. Sometimes it’s all you need to take that very first step.
5) Research and get inspired
Don’t just watch TV, check your news feed on Facebook, or play online games. Find things that inspire you. Get motivated. Learn about the people you admire. What are they doing right? Then list down your objectives or ideas. You don’t have to know how everything works right now. You can always learn along the way.
6) Take risks
Don’t be afraid to take the plunge. Ignore the naysayers. Just do what you think is right for you. You will never discover your own strengths and capabilities if you don’t try. Your comfort zone may be safe, but it will not take you any further than where you are now. Sometimes you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to make your dreams come true.
7) Assess and decide
After trying different things, try to decide which option suits you best. What makes you feel alive? What can you imagine yourself doing two or three years from now? What are you most passionate about? Just remind yourself that you don’t have to get it right the first time. Rome was not built in a day. You have the right to take your time.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.
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