How to Know What You Want out of Life
What is your heart’s truest desire? It’s a question that’s simple to ask, but much more complicated to answer. It can be difficult to know what you want when you’re just embarking on a career, making a big move or experiencing a transition out of a long-term relationship. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to know what you want. If you allow yourself the space to be introspective and really take a look at the joy-inducing and challenging parts of your life, you’ll find some direction.
Take a Step Back
To know what you want, you may have to be patient with yourself and take a step back. Figuring out how you want to spend your career, what you’re looking for in personal relationships or making another big, life-changing decision is a process.
You shouldn’t expect to know what you want after your first brainstorming session. It’s going to take some life experience and introspection to find your true place, so let it. Don’t rush the process, but embrace it.
Prioritize Yourself First
If you have a nurturing personality, that quality is probably going to factor into where you ultimately end up, but it shouldn’t necessarily steer the decision-making process. Feel free to put yourself first and meet your needs, regardless of what you choose to do with your life. In this case, it’s totally acceptable to let the feelings and opinions of others take a back seat. After all, it’s your life, not theirs.
Open up to Possibilities
If you narrow your paths down to just a few options, you might find yourself missing out on other opportunities that you never saw coming. Keep an open mind and don’t let these opportunities to experience something new pass you by.
Feel empowered to say yes to everything — but you can also feel free to say no when something doesn’t seem like a good fit. The important part is that you don’t write off anything immediately without the proper amount of contemplation and consideration.
Seek out True Joy
Fleeting happiness and true, soul-changing joy are two very different things. When you discover what you truly want out of life, you’re probably going to experience the latter. Take note of these moments.
Maybe it’s when you’re volunteering or helping a friend, doing something you’d never considered as a career or a serious pursuit. Don’t let this deter you. When and if you encounter joy, think of ways you might be able to pursue the activity that brought it on full-time or at least on a regular basis.
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Many people get backed into a corner with their career or their relationships. They settle for a job they don’t really want and end up never leaving for fear of the unknown. They pursue a destructive relationship time and time again, only to end up with depleted of emotional energy when it ultimately fails.
Don’t be afraid to push back against things you don’t really want and take a chance on the things that you do. A little bit of opposition only creates the opportunity for growth. Take advantage of it.
Some people may be critical of your search for a greater purpose or sense of meaning. They might tell you to settle for the status quo, and that your pursuit is unrealistic or ill-fated. Don’t let these naysayers get in your way. Some people may not understand your drive to figure out what you truly want out of life, but when you find it, you won’t have any trouble silencing the negativity once and for all.
Embrace the Unknowns
If you’re still trying to figure out what you want out of life, you’re not alone. Continue to pursue your passions and remain open to the many possibilities that life brings your way. You can never predict what doors will open with you embrace the unknowns in life.
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