Do you feel like you were meant for more in life? That there is a bigger purpose that you have not yet reached? You are not alone! Many of us have this feeling and there’s nothing wrong with striving for greatness.
Do you have a goal in mind already? If so, great! Write it down and keep reading because you probably want confirmation that you have made the right choice. If you have no idea where to even begin choosing your goal, then you, my friend, are also in just the right place.
So how do you know you’re on the right track? Below are 6 steps to finding your dream. Get out a piece of paper and a pen because we have some work to do!
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Step 1: Finding your passion
There’s no sense choosing a goal that doesn’t bring you joy. Even if it brings you the success or money you may be looking for. If you are doing something that doesn’t make you happy, you are not going to want to stick with it for long. Clear your mind and close your eyes. Ask yourself what makes you happy? What’s the first thing that pops into your mind? Crazy or not, write it down. Tell yourself to picture happiness. What picture do you see? Write about it.
Step 2: Your Ultimate Destination
Where do you see yourself 5, 10, and 15 years from now? Picture you, your family, and your house. What does a typical day look like for you? Are you working in an office, at home, or maybe a permanent vacation! What kind of car do you drive? What do you do for fun?
Step 3: What are your Priorities?
What is most important to you? If you had nothing and had to choose, only, 3 priorities to keep, what would they be? Possible examples include, but are not limited to:
- religion or spirituality
- physical fitness
- hobby or personal interests
Obviously, you will have many priorities in your life and will not be limited to only these 3. We are just looking for the biggest, uncompromising priorities in your own life. If you are having difficulty figuring it out you can play a game. Take a list of many and put them each on a separate piece of paper. To save you time, I’ve done this for you in the Choosing your Goal Guide. Pick out 2 of the priorities and choose which one is most important to you. Repeat this step and continue eliminating one of the priorities until you are down to just one. This is your number one priority. Now, repeat the process until you have discovered your 2nd and 3rd priorities.
Step 4: What are your interests, hobbies, and skills?
For some, this may be the same as your passion. For others, this may be completely different. Questions to ask yourself include: What are you good at or enjoy doing? How do you spend your free time? Are there volunteer activities you enjoy? What do people ask your opinion about? What questions do others ask you?
Step 5: Brainstorm
Now it’s time to put it all together and start to brainstorm. You may be too close to this information and may need to enlist the help of your significant other or close friends. Make a list on a separate page that has your passion, interests, hobbies, and skills on one side of the page. Put your priorities on the other half of the page. You may, also, add key words for your dream future life on this side. At the bottom of the page you are going to start writing down anything that pops into your head, crazy or not, that you think of when you look at this list. Write down what your friends tell you as well.
Step 6: Narrowing down and making decisions
You may want to wait until the next day to go through this last step. Look at your list before bed with no judgement about any of them. The next day come back and take a look. Cross out any of the items that do not appeal to you. Don’t cross it out if it’s just too big or lofty. We can get you there if it’s meant to be! Is there one that seems to be standing out to you more than the others? If so, circle it. You have found your goal! Have several? That’s OK too. Start taking small steps with 2 that speak to you to see if one feels better than the other once you actually start taking some action.
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