Success takes different forms for many individuals. Some may deem having loads of money as success, while some take their intelligence as an indicator. Whatever it may be, it is clear that everyone has life goals, and different ones too. If you are having trouble finding your purpose in life, here are 6 things that you should consider as you begin to define your journey through life:
1. Your passion
While passion may or may not yield success, it can drive you and your motivation to great heights. It should be something that excites you and makes you want to get up in the morning. It should maintain a near-constant presence in your mind; wondering how you can engage your passion. If your life goal aligns with your passion, it will feel more like a challenge worth taking instead of dreading.
2. Your people
The people who stand by you are the ones who will support you through hard times. No matter what you find yourself doing in life, having a strong life line can make a big difference. If you find yourself being surrounded by doubt at any point, knowing that there’s backup to give you the encouragement and motivation to carry on – that’s priceless. Fill your life with people who have the desire and capacity to help you succeed.
3. Your lack of knowledge
One’s journey through life should always involve some form of learning or accumulation of knowledge. What do you not know? What do you want to learn? Does a certain gap in your knowledge base or expertise prevent you from getting where you want to go? Today’s resources and technology means that picking up something new has never been easier!
4. Your challenges
If goals aren’t challenging then they aren’t goals anymore, they’re just something for you to do. Find something that requires a distinct amount of effort from you (it should even scare you a little) and that it is within your capacity to achieve. The sense of accomplishment upon completion will serve as fuel to drive you to your next quest.
5. Your mark
When there are about 7 billion people in this world, it can be a bit hard to fathom the idea of everyone having the ability to make an impact. Even if your purpose isn’t laid out for you, make it your job to create that purpose. Leaving your mark upon this world depends on your conviction – on how much you want that mark to be seen/felt/heard. Your mental fortitude will drive your actions and ultimately, affect your chances of success.
6. Your time
Your time on earth is indeed limited, so ask yourself this: are you truly spending it the best way possible? Unlike money, time is a currency that can never be borrowed. Find something that you find worthy of your time (be as critical as you like), and do it. For maximum efficiency, find the best way to do it so that you can achieve optimal results in the most effective way possible.
Life goals are meant to challenge you and give you a purpose in life. While it can take some time to realise what they are, realising can be just as rewarding as achieving them. As Charles Bukowski famously wrote in one of his letters: “Find what you love and let it kill you.”