Steps To Your Personal Path

Losing, or lacking, a sense of direction can feel like being stranded in the forest of life without a compass.

Maybe you want to leave a positive impact on the world, but aren’t sure how to channel your boundless compassion into reality. Maybe you’re just feeling Stu k on cruise control, both a work and your personal life – and can’t shake a looming sense that you’ve lost touch with who you are. Maybe you’re realizing that the career path you’ve been pursuing isn’t what you wanted at all – and those unknown alternatives feel too overwhelming to face.

When you’re feeling lost like this, taking dedicating time to reflect and reconnect with yourself can help own true North.

Here are a few steps to get you started:

1. Get into the right frame of mind for contemplation. The tricky part to unveil our purpose is that we keep our mind so busy that we rarely have enough time to complete a thought before we are off to the next task.

Which is why Step 1 is simply… stop doing. Sit with yourself, and get to know who you are.

Having a bit of an awkward introduction. Try this mindfulness-based exercise, which can connect you with your body through breathing.

  • Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
  • Keep both feet on the ground and you hands in your lap.
  • Breathe in through you nose for four seconds. Focus on the breath and the air coming in.
  • Breathe out through your mouth for six seconds. Focus on the air coming out

Repeat as necessary until you feel in the moment, aware of yourself, and ready to clearly define your outlook.

2, Answer these 6 “get to know me” questions. Below are a few questions to ask yourself as you get to know the awesome person you truly are.

Q1. What brings a smile to your face?

In other words: When you think about… cannot help but smile.

This can be more than one thing, of course, but try to identify as best you can. For example, maybe it’s planning get-togethers, attending theater or dance performances, or listening to podcasts on a topic that – up until recently you didn’t know you were interested in. Or as simple as going for a drive, or taking a walk.

Q2. What Improves your mood?

When you are feeling down or cranky, which activates or things help quickly elevate your mood?

This might be helping out other people, picking up a book at poetry, attended an exercise class, or getting out of town for weekend trips.

Knowing what types of activities boost your mood can help you prioritize them in your life.

Q3. When you were younger, did you see yourself doing something in particular?

What did you dream of when you were younger! What drew you to that position or field?

For example, maybe you wanted to be a veterinarian because you loved animals, or a politician to improve the world around you.

Does any of that initial attraction still remain?

Write down those dreams and the motives behind them, however vague or specific. There may be ways to incorporate them into your current life through a hobby, class, involvement in local organizations, or career change.

Q4. Is there a career or job that someone in you life talked you out of doing?

Often, we have career interests that either overly or subconsciously get rejected, either by those around us, societal norms, or our own biases and expectations.

Reflecting back on those can give us hints into our passions and what excites us.

Why were you drawn to those roles in the past?

What can you study or learn today that will bring you closer to the field?

Q4. What is your spiritual belief and Are you practicing it?

Religious or not, it’s often important for us to feel connected to someone greater than ourselves.

This can be a force like karma, universal energy, or God; or as loosely framed as practicing kindness and unto others.

Are you implementing your beliefs in your every day lives? What volunteer work can you do, or community can you join (or revisit, That will help you practice those fundamentals?

Q5. Close your eyes and visualize your ideal self Years from now. What are you doing?

Once you open your eyes ask yourself:

Are you on a more or less after you get there?

Is there anything you can do today to make it a smoother journey? What about next week, or next month?

If you can think of one answer to one of the questions go ahead and write it down now. Make a note to notice the answers as they arise in your day-to-day experience.

1. Reflect On your responses

The question you answered yes the start of finding your path. The next step is to wait and reflect on the answer if you wrote down.

It may take a few minutes, hours, days, or even weeks before you connect the dots between your answers. Your answers may also evolve are you remember more about your history, And how it ties to your now.

There are many ways to get your brain neurons firing and create new synapses to get your are creativity flowing.

2. Mindfully acknowledge any anxieties

Does anxiety about the future Tend to cloud your thinking process? Rather than letting it overwhelm your progress mindfully acknowledge it with deep breathing so you can move on.

3. Get out of your comfort zone

I tend you be habitual creatures and follow the same habits and routines: We drive the same route to work, Eat the same foods and buy the same type of clothing.

Break out of this and Do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, ride a bike or take a different route to work, take a cooking class to learn a totally new cuisine, or ask a trusted friend to style your outfit for a party. You may discover a part of yourself you haven’t embraced before.

4. Get moving with invigorating exercise

Creativity is at its peak when you get your endorphins moving. The endorphins make you feel balanced and at peace with the world.

This is when you are more likely to make great decisions and think clearly. You do not have to join a Boot Camp down the street. Simply by walking you can get those feel-good chemicals going.

5. Meet at totally new group I’m friends

Socializing And having new experiences open up new possibilities, weather is as simple as going to the gallery together or a complex and we introduced to a new Friend’s culture.

Remember, even the act of thinking about what you want to do in your life and encourage you to start acting in a way that’s true to your goals. In the meantime, enjoy exploring what arises an is brought to you.

6. Identify and accept, The fundamental what are you’ve uncovered

When you reached a point where you start noticing a pattern and what makes you feel fulfilled? That’s when you started to identify your path (or at least some resemblance of it).

Come a moment to accept and celebrate this discovery. Whether is as vague as pursuing a creative career, or as specific as becoming a horticulturist, Go on your way towards the authentic version of self employment.

Right now, you might fill your path is to do good in the world through your job. At another time your path might be to care for a loved one.

Your overarching path can change, and sometimes you just need to find a small immediate sense of yourself to get inspired. Note that you do not need to have your life mapped out entirely – finding peace with ambiguity and a gendered direction is okay.

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