What to do when you don"t know what to do


Sometimes in life, we find ourselves at a dead end, or a crossroads, or on a path that seems to lớn go nowhere and say “I don’t know what to vày with my life…”

No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as lớn how to lớn proceed, then you need to lớn reevaluate.

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When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had lớn pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How vì chưng you know what’s going to lớn make you happy for the rest of your life, especially if you’re only 16 và you’re still getting a thrill out of watching “The Breakfast Club?”

You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going to make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now and if you’re current position — or school track — isn’t it, then you need lớn move on.

When my oldest children were contemplating their college careers & job prospects, I often told them to lớn just go & take classes or try things they thought might be interesting và if they didn’t lượt thích the class or workshop or whatever, then cross that off your list. Life is often about trying things và realizing what you don’t want lớn be when you “grow up.”

I spent a year substitute teaching in an effort to lớn see if I wanted lớn become a public school teacher. I enjoyed that year immensely, but after talking with teachers & doing some of their job for a year, I realized that was a career that was not for me.

1. It’s Okay You Can’t Figure out the Whole Future

Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next. Life is full of interesting twists và turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun.

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Maybe you enjoy making jewelry right now. Maybe you can sell it. In five years, you might be a successful jewelry designer or you might have moved on to another craft. It doesn’t matter. You have the experience of your jewelry design lớn fall back on and help you with other projects in the future.

2. Try khổng lồ Be Comfortable with Discomfort

Sometimes, life is uncomfortable. Sometimes, we don’t have enough money to vị all of the things we want to lớn do. If you have something you really want to lớn pursue, then you must be able lớn live with some amount of discomfort in order to bởi that.

For example, I want khổng lồ mush sled dogs & run the Iditarod. In order to vì that, I had to lớn give up my neat, tidy suburban home and move my family khổng lồ a cabin in Alaska.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof: How to Start Over & Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

4. Overcome Distractions and Stop Procrastinating

You’re not getting younger. Sorry, but it’s true. If you don’t start taking the time khổng lồ pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the end of your life with nothing to lớn show for it but a lot of Facebook posts & a bunch of TV shows you just had lớn watch.

If you are serious about pursuing a dream — whether it’s designing jewelry, professional skateboarding or being a rich and famous computer guru, you better get on it.

Take those first steps. Turn off your Facebook notifications & get working. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

Better yet, learn these steps lớn stop procrastinating và start lớn focus on what truly matters: What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to lớn Stop Procrastinating)

5. Ask Yourself Questions

Take some time for yourself. Ask yourself big questions. Và small ones.

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Learn about yourself. Meditate. Write down the things that interest you và things you could see yourself doing if time and money were no object. Dream big. Quiet your mind & really imagine yourself doing those things.

By asking yourself meaningful questions, you’re building yourself an invincible Motivation Engine like this và whenever challenges arise, you know how to giảm giá with them.

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6. Volunteer or Shadow Someone

If there is a job or hobby you are interested in — from grooming dogs khổng lồ being a zookeeper — volunteer or job shadow và see if it’s an occupation you really want to do.

All the dreaming in the world isn’t going to lớn help you if you don’t go and get your hands dirty. Sometimes, we think we want to vày something and then once we try it, we realize it might not be the kind of work we lượt thích after all.

Or it might be more involved than we realized. It’s important to get hands-on experience và do a lot of reading by those with first-hand experience before we give up our current life to lớn pursue a dream.

7. Save Up

If you need khổng lồ move or go back lớn school lớn pursue your new dream, it might be pertinent to lớn get a job doing something — anything — and save up the money lớn allow you to do it.

I worked for many years lớn build my writing and editing portfolio and now, I can write and edit articles from my wee little cabin, get paid, and use the money khổng lồ pay for the equipment and food I need lớn run my dogsled team.

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Would I love to lớn be able khổng lồ make money just from running dogs? Sure. But it’s not possible right now while I’m building & training my team.

I don’t have a reputation in dog mushing yet, but I vì chưng have a reputation in writing. So I bởi vì one job I love khổng lồ pay for the other.

8. Answer the Door

Opportunity may be knocking but, if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented khổng lồ you.

Sometimes it’s not the right time, but it doesn’t matter. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity might walk on by & knock on someone else’s door.

Final Thoughts

The most important thing lớn remember when trying to figure out what vị with your life is that no kích hoạt is an action in & of itself. You must make decisions và try things — even if you kết thúc up hating them or wanting to vì chưng something else.

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Remember, it’s never too late lớn start again. (Jack’s story is an inspiring one about rebooting life at a later stage of life!)

At the over of your life, you won’t regret trying things & failing, but you will regret not ever trying at all.

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Close that máy tính xách tay and go get your life.