Defining your direction in life helps you navigate opportunities and challenges with purpose and resolve. How would you briefly describe yourself to someone? Follow the steps below to discern your life purpose.
Many people today feel lost and wander through each day. They are confused about what they should be doing with their lives and are uncertain and overwhelmed in making critical decisions. Anxious thoughts afflict them, and they have a depressed outlook on life. Sadly, they often expect to have an unfulfilled life marked by frustration and regret.
You can get beyond your confusion and uncertainty.
Does this describe you? Then you are in the right place! You can get beyond your confusion and uncertainty by discerning the right direction for your life. Understand yourself and determine where you are headed. This is your life, and you are responsible for making the most of it. Consider the steps below to find your direction in life.
Start by asking probing questions of yourself. Seek to recognize what it is that makes you who you are. Write down your answers. Be specific and concrete: give particular details about real things. To start, invest some time thinking through your answers to the following questions.
If you don’t want what you are currently after, what do you want instead?
Look for patterns within your listed skills, interests, and values.
Now review your lists and combine and clarify your notable entries with as few words as possible. Look for patterns within your listed skills, interests, and values. Prioritize the top three items in each category.
Once you have your lists narrowed down, go to a few people who love you, who know you well, and who will speak to you truthfully. Present your lists of top-three items and ask for their opinion. Do they agree with your assessment? Do they think you have been accurate? What else would they add?
Consider writing a short story that portrays how you see your life developing in the future.
Using your top skills, interests, and values, describe what success looks like. Consider writing a short story that portrays how you see your life developing in the future. Also, you could take the perspective of the end of your life and draft the eulogy that you would like to tell your life’s story.
Clearly defining your direction in life allows you to answer questions like, “Why am I here?” and “What am I supposed to do?” Your sense of purpose also empowers you to persevere through challenges and obstacles.
Keep in mind that you will change and grow throughout your life. So, you should also reevaluate your skills, interests, and values regularly and refine or possibly recast your direction.
The big idea is to be deliberate about how you live your life. Take action every day to move in your chosen direction.