What should i do when i don't know what to do?


Sometimes in life, we find ourselves at a dead end, or a crossroads, or on a path that seems to go nowhere & say “I don’t know what to do with my life…”

No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how khổng lồ proceed, then you need to reevaluate.

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When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had to lớn pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How vì chưng you know what’s going to lớn make you happy for the rest of your life, especially if you’re only 16 và you’re still getting a thrill out of watching “The Breakfast Club?”

You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going khổng lồ make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now and if you’re current position — or school track — isn’t it, then you need khổng lồ move on.

When my oldest children were contemplating their college careers và job prospects, I often told them khổng lồ just go và take classes or try things they thought might be interesting and if they didn’t lượt thích the class or workshop or whatever, then cross that off your list. Life is often about trying things and realizing what you don’t want khổng lồ be when you “grow up.”

I spent a year substitute teaching in an effort khổng lồ see if I wanted to lớn become a public school teacher. I enjoyed that year immensely, but after talking with teachers và doing some of their job for a year, I realized that was a career that was not for me.

1. It’s Okay You Can’t Figure out the Whole Future

Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next. Life is full of interesting twists và turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting và more fun.

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Maybe you enjoy making jewelry right now. Maybe you can sell it. In five years, you might be a successful jewelry designer or you might have moved on to another craft. It doesn’t matter. You have the experience of your jewelry design khổng lồ fall back on và help you with other projects in the future.

2. Try to lớn Be Comfortable with Discomfort

Sometimes, life is uncomfortable. Sometimes, we don’t have enough money to bởi vì all of the things we want to do. If you have something you really want to lớn pursue, then you must be able khổng lồ live with some amount of discomfort in order to do that.

For example, I want to mush sled dogs and run the Iditarod. In order to vì chưng that, I had to lớn give up my neat, tidy suburban home and move my family to lớn a cabin in Alaska.

We don’t have running water or regular electricity & our cabin is much smaller than our old house, but we don’t mind the discomfort of those things because we live in a beautiful place và I get khổng lồ pursue my dream.

3. Life Is Uncertain, Go with It

Stuff happens. I thought I had it all. I had a great job & a great house in the woods. Then I got fired, lost my house and turned 40 all in the same week. Then I found out I was pregnant. Quite the week.

I laid on the couch for a couple of days, depressed, but then we got it together, made a plan & moved khổng lồ Alaska.

Take uncertainty & turn it on its head. Every bad thing is an opportunity to lớn make something good happen.

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Besides, it’s really never too late lớn change your life course when something goes wrong!

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof: How khổng lồ Start Over & Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

4. Overcome Distractions và Stop Procrastinating

You’re not getting younger. Sorry, but it’s true. If you don’t start taking the time lớn pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the kết thúc of your life with nothing to show for it but a lot of Facebook posts và a bunch of TV shows you just had to watch.

If you are serious about pursuing a dream — whether it’s designing jewelry, professional skateboarding or being a rich và famous computer guru, you better get on it.

Take those first steps. Turn off your Facebook notifications and get working. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

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Better yet, learn these steps to stop procrastinating và start khổng lồ focus on what truly matters: What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide khổng lồ Stop Procrastinating)

5. Ask Yourself Questions

Take some time for yourself. Ask yourself big questions. And small ones.

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Learn about yourself. Meditate. Write down the things that interest you & things you could see yourself doing if time và money were no object. Dream big. Quiet your mind & really imagine yourself doing those things.

By asking yourself meaningful questions, you’re building yourself an invincible Motivation Engine lượt thích this & whenever challenges arise, you know how to khuyến mãi with them.

6. Volunteer or Shadow Someone

If there is a job or hobby you are interested in — from grooming dogs to being a zookeeper — volunteer or job shadow and see if it’s an occupation you really want to do.

All the dreaming in the world isn’t going to lớn help you if you don’t go and get your hands dirty. Sometimes, we think we want to bởi vì something & then once we try it, we realize it might not be the kind of work we lượt thích after all.

Or it might be more involved than we realized. It’s important to lớn get hands-on experience & do a lot of reading by those with first-hand experience before we give up our current life lớn pursue a dream.

7. Save Up

If you need to lớn move or go back to school to lớn pursue your new dream, it might be pertinent lớn get a job doing something — anything — and save up the money khổng lồ allow you to vì chưng it.

I worked for many years lớn build my writing và editing portfolio and now, I can write & edit articles from my wee little cabin, get paid, và use the money to lớn pay for the equipment và food I need to run my dogsled team.

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Would I love to lớn be able lớn make money just from running dogs? Sure. But it’s not possible right now while I’m building và training my team.

I don’t have a reputation in dog mushing yet, but I vì chưng have a reputation in writing. So I bởi one job I love to lớn pay for the other.

8. Answer the Door

Opportunity may be knocking but, if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented to you.

Sometimes it’s not the right time, but it doesn’t matter. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity might walk on by và knock on someone else’s door.

Final Thoughts

The most important thing lớn remember when trying lớn figure out what bởi with your life is that no action is an action in and of itself. You must make decisions and try things — even if you end up hating them or wanting to vì chưng something else.

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Remember, it’s never too late to lớn start again. (Jack’s story is an inspiring one about rebooting life at a later stage of life!)

At the end of your life, you won’t regret trying things and failing, but you will regret not ever trying at all.

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Close that máy vi tính and go get your life.