What Am I Doing With My Life?: I think I know the answer, but have you ever experienced the combined
feeling of panic and perplexity when you asked “What am I doing with my life?”
I go through this once a week – usually at 3 a.m. - the witching hour!
Sometimes I feel as though I lack direction in my life. I feel like a cork bobbing in the ocean, just doing time until I’m rescued.
My employment history shows this. So far, I’ve been a dishwasher, masonry laborer, airline baggage handler, landscaping business owner, real estate agent and investor, financial services company associate, stock trader, and staff writer. Each profession came with multiple meltdowns where I’ve questioned what I’m doing with my life.
This was not limited to the realm of employment. It also applied to my dating life.
If this sounds like you, I invite you to join me on a trip to rediscover fulfillment and direction in your life.
Consider Your Passions
If you want to know what direction to go in, it’s helpful to think about the things you are passionate about. What motivates and inspires you? These can evolve over time so make sure you reassess these every now and then. After all, what you want today may look very different from what you wanted a few months ago.
Address Your Fears
Fear may be holding you back even if you’ve identified what it is you want to do.
If you are going to move forward and figure out what it is you are doing in life, you are going to need to overcome your fears. Figure out where the fear is coming from. Don’t hesitate to share this concern with a family member, trusted friend, or therapist.
Assess Your Current Goals
How close are you to reaching them? Do you still want to pursue them? If not, take some time to consider new ones to refresh your motivation. Make sure your goals can be achieved in smaller, more manageable steps.
Stop Putting Pressure On Yourself
You don’t need to figure it all out today. I used to do this and that’s how I ended up on Xanax! Side note: I’m happy to report that I am no longer taking it! Simply going with the flow can present you with opportunities you would otherwise miss.
Make peace with the fact that doubt will always rear its ugly head, but you can handle it.
At the moment, I have no idea what I will be when I grow up. All I know is that I’m looking forward to Christmas and the goodies Melissa and I will be sharing. I’ll figure the rest out later.
Until next time, please enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. ~Ted [What am I doing with my life?]
A Dream Board [What am I doing with my life?]
A dream board (also known as a vision board) is a way of visually representing your aims, whether they’re financial, romantic, spiritual, or something else entirely.
Creating a dream board is an inexpensive and very creative way of connecting with your desires for the future.
The dream boards can be made using everything from natural objects to drawings and magazine cutouts.
When you create a vision board, you will be identifying your vision and dreams in a physical way as well as reinforcing your daily affirmations, which will be covered below.
These vision boards need to be personal and unique to you; anything you find that motivates and inspires you should go on the board.
Your vision board is great to have in your office, or on the wall in your bedroom for example.
You can have them there in the background keeping you motivated and within your subconscious.
My free Law of Attraction toolkit also has more information on this and will teach you more about how to create the ideal dream board.
Daily Affirmations [What am I doing with my life?]
An affirmation is a simple statement that reshapes your beliefs and helps you move towards your life goals.
Obviously, for this to work in your favor, they need to be positive affirmations.
An affirmation is a repeated and spoken statement. However, you can also include visual affirmations too.
An example of a spoken, daily affirmation would be if you stand in front of your mirror and say to yourself ‘I love having a great job and being happy in my own skin’.
You would use this affirmation if you are trying to find a better job and maybe if you have low self-confidence and your goal is to feel happy with yourself.
The Law of Attraction works on the basis that your thoughts and energies are recognized by the universe, which is why if you can put positive affirmations and energy out into the world, the universe will respond to it.
Repetition plays a big part in your daily affirmations. The more that we tell ourselves something, the more the message is accepted by our self-consciousness and can be manifested in our lives.
The idea of a visual affirmation is that there is a physical concrete form of your affirmation.
Examples of these would be:
Meditation [What am I doing with my life?]
Meditation is a great visualization technique as you are using visualization at a time that your mind is clear and present.
When you meditate, you start to gain access to your inner self more than you probably ever have.
As you will be fully present in that moment, you can truly focus on yourself and your goals and aspirations.
You can use this time whilst meditating to visualize your goals, create a positive space, and send out positive energy.
Meditating helps your brain release any negative energy. It also gives your brain the space to go wherever it wants, which is why this is very helpful when visualizing.
You should be able to have strong visualizations through meditating as you are allowing your brain to do the work for you, whilst letting any negative energy go.
Gratitude Journal [What am I doing with my life?]
A gratitude journal is a great visualization tool that can help you to believe in your success and goals while also providing you with a positive mindset.
A gratitude journal is where you write down everything that you are grateful for that day (if you are doing this daily – which we recommend!).
Each night before you sleep, write down 5-10 things that you were grateful for that day. Doing this keeps you in a positive mindset and makes you reflect on the good things in your life.
By concentrating on creating a happy present experience, you also teach yourself to expect the most from your future.
This will help you to visualize your future, in a positive and meaningful way.
You can also look back at what you have been grateful for and take as many useful lessons and positives messages from them as possible.
Reflecting on the good things about yourself and your life from your gratitude journal enhances your belief that you can, and deserve to, reach your goals.
Magic Check [What am I doing with my life?]
Another great visualization tool is to use what is called a Magic Check (also known as dream check). You can use this to attract wealth or financial freedom as well as much more.
The idea of this is to have a self-written check that is made out to you and clearly states what you want to achieve.. his could be financial, but it could also be a goal such as landing a new job or finding your ideal partner. A dream check is best put somewhere that you will constantly see it. This could be next to your bed or even in your purse.
As mentioned, the dream check does not always have to be about finances if you don’t want it to. Whatever your goal, write it on the check and make sure you feel good about what you are trying to manifest. Fuel your check with as much positivity as possible and pretend that you have already received this sum of money or goal that you want to achieve.
You can get your very own dream check, in my Law of Attraction toolkit, where you can download, print, and use it today.
Creative Visualization [What am I doing with my life?]
Get creative with your visualization! Even if you are not an artsy person, you will be surprised to find how impactful it is to create art that visually represents your dreams. You can do this by painting, drawing, writing, or even creating graphics on your computer.
Some people will find this visualization technique better, as they have a creative outlet for their goals and dreams. Just like a vision board, you can hang your art somewhere you can always see it. In fact, creating the art yourself will only make it more personal and unique to you.
What Am I Doing With My Life? and More Ways to Live a Purposeful Life