To find direction in life, there are three things we all need to know first.
First, what do you mean by direction?
How we define direction frames the question we are asking. If we are defining direction through a frame of family, we are looking at something that is connected to our family values. If we are looking at direction through a career lens, we are looking at something that is connected to our success.
We can all say that we need more direction until we are blue in the face, but until we take the time to get really clear about exactly what we mean and what we need we are placing our power outside ourselves.
Get clear. Know your definitions.
Secondly, if you want to find direction in your life, understand what you mean by life.
This may seem commonplace to everyone, but if we don’t understand where our life is at, if we have no knowledge or overview or synopsis of what you by ‘life’ then you have no base line, and we have no idea where to start. We will be a fish in a wide ocean with all possible ways to swim. Don’t move. Get still, and get real. We want to know where we are right now because that is how we are going to know what comes next.
Build a map of your life by first drawing several squares onto a piece of paper. Give each square a label that corresponds to each area of your life. Chart where you are and then chart where you would like to be. Don’t pussyfoot around words, just say it like it is. Clarity is important. Get real with where you are and what you what by saying what you mean.
Finally, if you want to find direction in your life, and you know what you mean by direction and you know what you mean by life, then you know what you want.
You are in a position to take the next steps. The next steps are exactly as they sound. They are courses of action leading you towards your goals. They are not the only steps you will take, and they will change as you continue to pick your way towards the top of that mountain.
If you want more direction in your life right now, then take it. It is in your hands, and it is left to you to make the most of your life.
If you are reading this then consider this your call to action.
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Editor: Bryonie Wise
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