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When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing with Your Life

When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing with Your Life

This post originally appeared on my mental health blog Resilient.


So, you don’t know what you’re doing with your life?

So what?

“You can’t know what the perfect path will be, you can’t know what the perfect you should be, you can’t know what your purpose in life is until it starts to uncover itself. You can’t know your destination until you get there. So instead of spinning your wheels with the unknowable, focus on what you actually have right in front of you. Look at the physical space around you, and feel the energy of this space. This includes the energy of what you’re feeling inside you, but also the fluid space around you, occupied by objects, light, people, sounds, movement. There is a crazy amount of beauty to be noticed here, if you pay attention, before it slips away.

This is the practice. It isn’t easy. It isn’t certain. It is beautiful.” – Leo Babauta

Live in the present. Appreciate what you have in your life right now. Feel grateful for how far you’ve come, even if it doesn’t feel like you’ve made any progress.

You don’t have to figure this out overnight. In fact, you can’t think your way into the answers. You have to take action.

I like to call it taking inspired action. What do you feel like doing with your life right now?

I’m not asking you to commit to something for the rest of your life or pick a permanent career path on the spot. I’m just asking, what would be fun or enjoyable to you right now? Maybe there are a few different options you’re looking at as possible forks in the road.

Which one would make you the happiest and best version of you? That’s how you pick something. Not which one will make you the most money or bring you fame or prestige or status. What will make you happy? It’s that simple.

Ok, so you’ve made a decision. It doesn’t have to be forever. It’s just the choice you’re making right now.

Now actually go through with the decision and taking action. How does it feel? Are you excited about what you’re doing, or do you just trudge through it to get it over with so you can do something else?

If it’s not working, just correct your course and try something new.

Keep taking action until you figure out what you want. One small action step at a time.


If you’d like some encouragement as an entrepreneur for those days when you feel like giving up, check out our ebook Encouragement for Entrepreneurs.  It’s a collection of inspirational posts from our blog to get you motivated and inspired in your business. 🙂

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