How to Decide What You Want to Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life?

There comes a time in every individual’s life when they have to answer the question above. The answer to this question determines the quality of your prime years. In a nutshell, this decision sends you down a certain path.

It’s a major decision indeed.

Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to get blinded by shiny objects and as a result they tend to make the wrong decision, only to regret it after.

Hence, the purpose of this article is to get you to make the right decision from the jump. If you have already decided, that’s cool. But if you have decided and find yourself to be unfilled with your current career, you should keep reading because who knows, you might just have a new career in mind by the end of this article.

So let’s get started…

Before we can dive in, you first have to come to terms with what you DON’T want to do with your life.

For instance, think about what everyone else wants you to do, from your parents to your significant other. Now ask yourself, do I really want to spend my time on earth doing this?

If you’re like most, your answer is probably, HELL TO THE NO.

It’s very important for you to pick your own path in life. If you follow the path that is chosen by others, you’ll most likely go on to live an unfulfilled life.

A lot of people don’t even make it through this stage.

Instead they let others decide their fate. If their parents tell em to become a doctor, they say, cool I’m going to be a doctor. Now there’s nothing wrong with becoming a doctor, but if you don’t choose it for yourself, you’re going to have a very tough time succeeding yet alone finding fulfillment.

Hence it’s very important for you to escape this scenario. The first step is to weave out the truth from the bullshit, which we just did.

Now that you know what you don’t want to do with your life, let’s get a little deeper and attempt to determine what you do want to do.

I’m going to present to you a few questions, hopefully the answers you come up with give you some form of clarity which you can use in return to find the perfect career.

1. What makes time fly?

There are two types of tasks, those we do which result in us counting down every minute and those we engage in which make the hands on the clock fly.

If you begin to analyze your actions, you’ll notice that there are some things you absolutely love doing, things that you are passionate about.

It may be helping others or building things. It may be writing songs or cracking jokes. It may be playing basketball or acting.

Whatever it is, it’s important for you to pinpoint what makes time fly.

Now most of the things you write down are going to be of no use. For instance, watching movies may make time fly for you, but you can’t really monetize that. So you have to wield out the junk from the truth and when you do, you’ll begin to see what you are truly passionate about which in return can be translated into some type of career.

In order to make it a little easier, answer the following question…

2. What skills do you possess that make you stand out from the crowd?

What makes you different from everyone else? What makes you shine?

There’s something unique about each and every one of us, what marketable skill do you possess?

It may be the ability to persuade or the ability to be funny.

It may be the ability to write awesome songs or cook great tasting food.

I’m a huge advocate of focusing on strengths and turning them into super strengths. A lot of people state you should focus on your weaknesses and aim to turn those into your strengths, but I don’t really agree with that. The reason is because if you do that then you just turn into yet another mediocre person.

On the other hand,  if you want to be great, you forget about your weaknesses and instead focus on increasing your strengths. For instance, LeBron James wouldn’t be shit today if he said, “Hey I’m really good at basketball, but I suck at public speaking. Let me devote my attention to public speaking now and aim to make that a strength.” Nah, you don’t become great by doing that. Instead, he put his weaknesses to the side and solely focused on the game of basketball and that is why he is a beast today.

So…

What are your strengths?

In other words, what are you really good at?

After you come up with some answers, shift your attention to the next question…

3. If money were no object, what would you want to do with your life?

Remember how I said people tend to get sidetracked by shiny objects when deciding on a career? Well money is one of those shiny objects.

A lot of people go down the wrong path because they follow the dollars. There’s nothing wrong with this, money is obviously important and you should aim to stack your dough to the ceiling, however fulfillment and happiness are also important.

Instead of sacrificing your happiness, you should aim to make a decision which isn’t motivated by money because the reality of the situation is when you’re good at something and you’re happy doing that, you can and you will make a killing, financially.

So forget about dollar signs for a minute and focus on how you would spend your life if there was no such thing as money.

Now that you have gained some form of clarity, it’s your job to tie everything together. Hopefully by now, you have started to get a rough idea of what you want to do.

If you’re like most, fear may be creeping up right about now because let’s face it, change is hard and the future is uncertain. Uncertainty is bound to create fear so I end this article with one last question…

If success was guaranteed aka you had no chance of failing, what career would you pursue?