I know “5 Ways To Figure Out Your Purpose In Life” is a bit blunt and maybe too straight to the point but isn’t this a struggle MOST of us are dealing with in our 20’s and 30’s? A big part of it is that a lot of people make us feel like we should have our life’s purpose all figured out.
It’s so easy to feel like you should be on a step by step plan to retirement. Though many of us have a lot of trouble finding a career we’re passionate about. So what does it take to find a plan that’s going to get you where you want to be?
Let’s take a step back, if you’re reading this you likely have SO much time to figure out your career and what it even is that you want to accomplish. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely think it’s crucial to plan for the future. You need to have goals and milestones you are working towards. That being said, it’s equally as crucial to take advantage of the moment and the precious time you have to not have it all figured out.
I know I know, that doesn’t help decide what it is that you do want to do. That’s why I’ve outlined 5 ways to make the decision a lot easier.
1. TEST THE WATERS
The beautiful thing about youth is that you have the time to try so many different things. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Be a Yoga Instructor, work retail, volunteer at an animal shelter, intern for a cool ad agency, do literally anything and everything that sparks your interest. Unless you’re a completely decisive person (teach me your ways) you aren’t going to know what you want until you actually give it a try.
Being young is the time to experiment. You have so much time to figure out what you do like and what you don’t like. The most important thing is to be doing something. Keep yourself busy! Do your best to stay involved and keep looking for the next opportunity. Trust me, as you get older you’ll wish you would’ve stayed busy when you had all of the energy.
2. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF
This one kind of goes without saying. In the digital age we live in, people are constantly comparing their own lives and accomplishments to everyone else’s. It’s really easy to look at others and feel like you’re SO far behind (trust me I’ve been there). It’s imperative to remember that everyone is going through their own obstacles and just because things seem great on the surface doesn’t mean they have it all figured out.
Do yourself a huge favor and be your own competition. The only person you should be comparing yourself to is the person you were yesterday. When you aren’t clouded by all of the comparison, it makes it so much easier to figure what you want. Not the life you think you want because of something you saw on Instagram.
3. FIND A MENTOR
Finding a mentor can be so beneficial in figuring out your goals and a career. Having someone there who has been through what you’re going through is so valuable. Look at it this way, they’ve overcome all of the obstacles you still have to face AND have come out successful. Chances are they have so much great advice and knowledge on how you can figure out what you want.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you don’t know. Make yourself standout, be genuine, and let them know how much you admire what they’ve accomplished. Finding a mentor will put you ahead of the game and could even make you that much more sure about your goals and what you want for your future.
Sometimes taking a moment to reflect can be the best thing for figuring out what your next step should be. Whether you do this through meditation, prayer, exercise, or even just taking a moment to sit and think. Find a peaceful outlet that allows you to get in tune with yourself and think about the things that truly fulfill you.
Taking a moment to think about who you are and what you think your purpose is. It can really can lead you in the right direction. I know this can be a little abstract for some people but I promise it works. Look back and reflect on where you’ve come from, what you’ve done and what you need to do differently. You’ll see how much you’ve grown and you could be surprised and
5. FIND PURPOSE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
This is the most important advice I can give you in truly figuring out what it is you want for your life. It’s easy to get caught up in what you think you should be doing or what others might expect of you. It’s even easier to put other’s happiness before your own. At the end of the day, you are the one that will be living out the choices you make for yourself. My advice is to make choices that make you happy!
I know, it’s not always that simple. Just know those who truly love you will support you when they know you’re doing something that brings you happiness.
I seriously hope these tips help if you’re struggling to figure out the goals you have for your life. Don’t forget to live in the moment and be present for where you’re at now while you’re planning for your future.
If you have absolutely any questions or need any advice comment below and I’ll be happy to help. Becoming an adult isn’t always easy but I promise it CAN be so fulfilling. I’m here for you if you ever need any advice.