How To Find Direction In Life
Contrary to what some movies may portray, you are less likely to have your calling spelt out in the halls of prophecy somewhere. This means if you want your life to be meaningful, the magic wand is in your hand.
We can’t deny that life is bound to come with unpredictable times, tough realities, and problems. Which in turn, makes it very tough to find the right direction. Yet, even with this sense of hopelessness, greatness can still be achieved by finding your life purpose and charting a course to achieve it.
To make the choice to go for your wildest dreams, there’s a primary choice which affects all other choices. This primary choice is choosing your basic direction in life. Your direction is the foundation that serves as an internal roadmap toward your other choices. It gives you a blueprint of who and what you can be.
Life as we know it is a product of many things. Some we can control and others we can’t. For most of us though, a large part of our lives depends on our choices and decisions. Read along with us as we share some quality tips that can help you find direction in your life. These strategic tips have been proven over time to be just what anyone will need to get their bearings pointed North again.
How To Find Direction In Life
Having a direction in life helps you to stay motivated and keep your head in the game. You’ll feel more confident to approach the realities of life and its peculiarities. And it will be easier to identify realistic goals, set objectives, have a good mindset and stay focused. You will naturally feel more motivated to find the right path and walk in it despite what life may throw at you. And even more, when you’re on the right path striving for your dreams, there will be an overall positive aura around you that gives you that “I can conquer the world” feeling, and trust us – you can hardly go wrong feeling that way.
Why Do We Need Direction In Life?
In case you’re still wondering why you need direction in life, here are some of the most important benefits:
+ Clarity of thoughts and vision
+ Positive mental attitude
+ To create and add value to others
+ Set goals and objectives
+ An overall sense of fulfillment
+ Improved mental health and overall wellness
+ Resilience to tough transitions
+ Sense of purpose
How To Find Your Way In Life
Walk with us as we itemize and explain some of the most tried and true steps to finding your direction in life. These steps, if properly executed, will be beneficial in helping you to zero in on the right direction for your life. Be sure to carefully digest these tips before acting on them. The results are bound to blow your mind, just like they did for us.
Focus on what matters.
Living a life without a focal point is a quick way to gate-crash oneself. As pleasing as living on autopilot may sound, without direction such a plane is bound to run out of fuel at some point and crash. This is why to find your way in your life, you need to first become focused across multiple spectrums.
The picture of your direction in life becomes clearer when you begin to focus on what really matters. To do this, you will need to prioritize those things you consider important to you across aspects of life. Follow through by removing those things you can do without and eliminating distractions. What you are left with are the things that you consider important and a clearer vision of who you can be begins to form.
While taking on this step, it is important to keep an open mind and have the right mindset. If you’re not sure how best to expand your mindset, you can check this episode of The Skinny Confidential Him and Her Podcast, Ed Mylett really shared some quality insights there.
Find what makes you happy.
Finding your direction in life is as personal as it can get. This means you can’t just do what everyone is else doing… because it’s what they are doing. Your life purpose must come from something that is personal to you. That is what will help ensure you always show up for yourself.
Write out a list of things that make you happy in terms of preference. They are likely to be things you are passionate about or things you’ve always wanted to do. Then, start to see how these things that make you happy fit into the things you considered important earlier. A pattern begins to form and a clearer picture of who you are and who you can be starts to develop. For tips on deciding what passion to follow, listen to this episode of ILYSM with Kenzie Elizabeth.
Discover your strengths.
There’s a difference between what you love and what you are good at. This tip helps you to understand that distinction and how to use it to chart the course of your life. Discovering your strengths helps you to avoid the time-wasting that comes with trial and error. You know where to apply effort and where not to.
Your strengths will probably be a subset of the things that make you happy. It is important to be honest with yourself here, since after all, you’re the main beneficiary. These strengths of yours are what you are likely to major in when deciding what path to take toward your dream life.
It doesn’t just end with discovering the strengths, though. You should also take time to see the best route on how to maximize them. Likewise, you should also try to better your weaknesses as well.
Procrastination – we’ve all been there. The good news is: being proactive and taking action is the best way to counter it. Finding your way in life will require you to step outside of your comfort zone and take bold steps.
Taking action involves moving on from the thinking stage and taking decisive steps. With these steps, you begin to create a working plan on how to get to where you wish to be. Taking action helps to beat the fear of the unknown that keeps some rooted in the same spot.
While taking action, remember that there’s room to correct your actions when they are wrong. We all make mistakes and that’s okay. This helps us to culminate our life lessons into quality experiences while on this crazy journey of life. All in all, it’s always better to take action than to procrastinate or hold back on account of fear.
Trust your instincts.
Since nothing is set in stone, doubt can creep in. It is therefore important to rely on your gut to help you take action. Most of these actions are likely new territory and that’s where trusting yourself is key.
Avoid naysayers and those who will only pull you down. Some people might try to project their limitations on you here. Be sure to reject all their advances and trust in your ability. When the final result comes, you will be glad you did. For tips on trusting your intuition and setting boundaries, we recommend this episode of the Papaya Podcast.
Adopt strong values.
There are core values that will not only help in finding your way but also keep you on the right path. They help to set standards, principles, and boundaries that you will not compromise on. Some of these values are integrity, kindness, honesty, diligence, perseverance, charity, and so on.
Start by choosing which core values are the most important to you. And if you haven’t cared about these values before, start working on them. They will help guide you along your relationships with people on your life journey. And, they can also be the difference between you feeling lost and feeling fulfilled. Because when you stick to your core values, you’re really being true to yourself.
Move with the right company.
Your close friends and family can help shape what you become as much as your personal input. Being around and growing with the right people can help in leading one down the right path. The right support system can not only help guide you down the right path, but they can be a rock when times get tough.
You can communicate your fears with them. Ask questions on things not clear. Seek advice when you need it. And, overall just have someone to lean on. You should surround yourself with people who support you, and take steps to reduce contact with those who don’t.
Take time for reflection and personal growth.
Even with all these tips, it’s important to remember that it’s a journey. Finding your direction in life takes time, including time to reflect and time to invest in your own personal growth. As you seek direction in your life, remember to chronicle your experiences by writing them down or journaling. Then, as time passes, you can reflect on what you’ve learned and apply these lessons to the future. If you’re struggling, remember that you’re not alone. For a relatable story of huge self-growth and inspiration, listen to this episode of Pursuit of Wellness, where host Mari Lewellyn details her struggling and eventual triumph over borderline personality disorder, childhood trauma, and more.
You can invest in yourself by listening to self-improvement podcasts and reading books about personal growth. Podcasts are not only a great way to pass time and learn something new, but they are a great place to learn something new about yourself. If your wondering where to start, here are some of our fav Dear Media podcasts that can help you find your direction in life:
+ Dear Gabby Podcast with Gabby Bernstein
+ Divorced Not Dead with Caroline Stanbury
+ Going Mental with Eileen Kelly
+ I Love You So Much with Kenzie Elizabeth
+ Looking Up with Dr. Deepika Chopra
+ Mind. Body. No Soul. with Jackie Shimmel
+ Note to Self with Payton Sartain
+ Pursuit of Wellness with Mari Lewellyn
+ Real Pod with Victoria Garrick
+ Recovering from Reality with Alexis Haines
+ The Art of Being Well with Dr. Will Cole
+ The Heal Podcast with Kelly Noonan Gores
Finding your direction in life is too important to leave it to chance.
Okay ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to take the bull by the horns and get riding. No more waiting on metaphorical signs and four-leaf clovers. If you’ve been waiting on a sign to finally find your direction in life, consider this blog your sign. Know that we believe in you – you got this!
If you’re looking for more helpful articles like this one, head on over to the blog. And be sure to check out our full shows list to see if any of our hosts inspire you to take control of your journey. Questions? Comments? Drop them below! And while you’re there, be sure to tell us your newfound life directions – we’re dying to know what you’re up to next!!!
Remember: You are one decision away from the best version of yourself, make that decision and see yourself be the best you can be.