If you’re having trouble deciding what to do with your life one of the problems may be that you don’t really know yourself. This may sound a little strange but it’s something that a lot of people deal with.
How can you not know yourself?
You may think you know yourself, but you may only know what other people want you to be or what their perceptions are, not who you truly are. Up to this point, you may have done what everyone else wanted you to just to make them happy. This could lead to a career that’s less than appealing and leave you deciding what to do with your life.
If you feel like you may fit into the category of not really knowing yourself, you may be wondering how you get to know yourself. It’s a lot easier than you think, but it does require some work. Here are some starter questions to get you thinking:
What did you love to do when you were a child?
You may think this sounds silly but it can give you insight into what you truly love to do. When you were a child you were happy doing a lot of things. Maybe one of those things can turn into a career you can do now.
If you loved to cook as a child, maybe you can become a chef now. If you loved to draw, maybe a career in engineering is on the horizon. When you start thinking like this, the possibilities are endless.
What are your hobbies or interests?
This is a great place to start as you decide what to do with your life. Hobbies are things that you actually enjoy doing. Why can’t something like this turn into a career? Think about the things you like to do when you’re not working and whether you can turn this into a career that you can earn you money. You may be surprised to discover that many hobbies can turn into careers.
What activities relax and rejuvenate you?
Some activities make you feel at peace or like a new person. These are also things that you may want to dive deeper into to see whether you can turn them into a career. If they relax and rejuvenate you when you do them sporadically, wouldn’t it be nice to do them more often and feel that way all the time?
What topics do you find yourself googling or reading about?
These are the topics that truly interest you because you’re doing them on your own time. These are the things that don’t work and that you enjoy. These are the things that you should explore as you decide what to do with your life. Wouldn’t it be great if you could always enjoy what you’re doing and you didn’t dread getting up to go to work? You can when you choose an area that brings you joy and that you’re interested in.
Spend the time to truly answer these questions and decide what’s meaningful in your life. When you begin to uncover these answers, you’ll begin to figure out what you want to do with your life and what job you should really be doing. The answers may surprise you and even scare you. But, isn’t that what life’s all about? Take the leap and discover all that’s out there for you as you decide what to do with your life.