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What Should I Do With My Life to Make It Better?

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Do you want a more fulfilling life? If you’re wondering what you should do with your life, here are a few tips to set out in the right direction. By Keith Brown

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For almost all of us, life can be a crisis in motion.

No matter where we are or what we do, we’re always left with second thoughts, hopes and more dreams.

Have you ever found yourself wondering what you can do to make life feel more fulfilling?

We all have.

But only a few of us can boast of living our dreams.

Want to be that person?

Really, there is a way to get there.

[Read: How to be really successful in life]

What should I do with my life?

Firstly, before you go any further, don’t hate yourself every time you feel let down in life.

It feels terrible, but at least you have a desire to do something with life.

And that passion, that hope and dream can help you pursue your ambitions with renewed vigor.

When you’re stuck in a rut, what you need more than anything is clarity.

A muddled mind will not make you feel better, it’ll only confuse you.

Relax and read ahead with a clear mind.

10 steps to do something with your life that’ll make you feel better

If you really want to change your life for the better or are confused about what you should do, just use these 10 simple steps. It’s all you need to refocus and redirect your life in a better path. [Read: 12 steps to change your life and be happy all the time]

#1 Start today. If you feel like you need to do something with your life, don’t put that thought away. If you’re unsatisfied with your life, try to understand what you dislike about how you live your life. Understanding the things that bother you will help you understand what you really want better.

Start today, because the earlier you start to work towards personal fulfillment or your dreams of wealth and riches, the earlier you’ll achieve it. And don’t be a procrastinator because that’s the worst person you can ever be.

To start your new journey, ask yourself this important question before moving to the next step. What do you really want from life? Don’t moan or whine. Just what the hell do you really want?

#2 Make a list of things you like. What are you good at? And how do you think you can get closer to your dream life by using the ability you’re good at? These two questions will help you create a list of things you can do with your life that’ll give you satisfaction and help you pursue your dream. [Read: 12 tips to be perfect in everything you do]

Remember, you don’t need to start a new Facebook to become a billionaire nor do you need to be born with a silver spoon stuck in any of your orifices. Even a small start and smaller ideas can help you set the foundation to greater things in life.

Many of the richest people in the world didn’t start out with a big idea immediately. They started small and created new paths to achieve success and happiness in life. Think Oprah or Richard Branson. They started really small by doing things they were passionate about, and today, they’re living the dream, aren’t they?

List out ten things you’re passionate about and pick your three favorite options to pursue.

#3 Beating the crossroads. Crossroads are the biggest confusions in life. They can trick you, confuse you into making the wrong choices and torment your mind for years when you feel like you’ve taken a few bad roads.

But that’s what life is all about. It’s a series of crossroads. Every day, you’re going to face your own crossroads, be it big or small. Sometimes, even the briefest of conversations can impact you or change your life forever.

If you know what you desire from life *for most of us, it’s immeasurable wealth!* start to pick directions that can lead you towards attaining that life. Don’t pressurize yourself by setting unattainable milestones right at the beginning. Dream big, but start small and choose the right direction that you think will get you closer to your dreams. [Read: How to stop yourself from getting jealous of someone else's success]

#4 Draw inspiration from others. Who are your favorite role models who have achieved what you wish to achieve? In all probability, you’d find their autobiography in a bookstore. Read their autobiographies, and learn from their mistakes and victories. You don’t need to retrace their steps to the tee. But just understanding the hardships and the problems they endured on their way to success can help you prepare yourself for your own journey.

And beyond autobiographies, find ways to stay inspired every day, be it by watching a happy fella on the television or spending a few minutes on Youtube everyday watching inspirational speeches from regular folk or movies. These are the little things that’ll make the hair on your arms stand on end and push you every day to pursue your dream life aggressively.

#5 Follow your passion. Don’t lose focus of your goals. For most of us, making a list of things we wish to do in life is easy. The difficult part is pursuing that dream without giving up. You may be keen to do something with your life, but you really can’t achieve it unless you spend a considerable part of your day working towards that goal.

You can’t climb the next step tomorrow unless you set the stepping stone today. Remember this line, and every day, indulge in at least one simple activity that’ll bring you closer to your dream. Before you know it, you would have achieved your dream life without even realizing it. After all, every journey begins with a single step and every achievement has to start somewhere.

#6 It’s a phase. When you feel low or lost in life, remember it’s only a phase. Don’t look back at the happy times and wonder where they’ve gone. It won’t help you get ahead in life. This feeling of helplessness is just a phase and it will all pass as long as you consciously work towards changing your life. [Read: I really don't know what to do with my life]

But at the same time, don’t pursue your dreams too aggressively right at the beginning. You’ll end up tiring yourself out. It’s just like working out. Work out too aggressively in the first week, and you’ll feel sore and sick of it. Pursuing your dreams works along the same rules too. There’s really no point in working 20 hours a day, only to lose the passion and desire to achieve something better.

#7 There are simple ways, never easy ways. Don’t ever choose the easy and sneaky path. Most people these days always look for the easiest way possible, be it about losing weight, impressing the opposite sex or earning money. Don’t be that person.

Really, there is no easy way. There are simple ways and bright ideas. But you can’t achieve anything by cheating your way to success. You’ll end up crashing sooner than you think and even feel worse about yourself.

If you want to succeed in life, be prepared to get your hands dirty and work hard along the way. Think out of the box if you must, but don’t look for easy ways by cheating someone else of what rightfully belongs to them.

#8 Money or satisfaction, or both? Money isn’t the answer to everything. It may seem like that today, but when you finally achieve your dreams of hoarding wealth, you may look back and regret the path or the losses you’ve had to endure to achieve what you’ve achieved.

Don’t pursue a dream with the sole intention of earning more money. It’s an empty dream. Even if earning a lot more money is your idea, provide a service that’s worthwhile and something that genuinely helps others. Deserve what you earn. By doing that, you’ll feel a bigger purpose that’s beyond money that’ll help you sleep better at night. [Read: The reason behind why you're losing your friends]

#9 Compromises and milestones. We can’t achieve the goals in our mind all the time. In other words, our goals are like a stream of water flowing downhill. You can point them in a direction, but you can’t control it. As we grow and evolve, our dreams too evolve to better suit our needs and desires.

Don’t forget your ultimate dreams just like the stream of water that finally reaches the bottom of the hill, but be flexible enough to make compromises with your milestones and the directions you choose. When you see a better opportunity, grab it with both hands. And when you see yourself going in a direction that’s taking you away from your dreams, move away.

Along this path, don’t forget to set milestones for your dreams. Every year, you should be in a better place than you were last year. It doesn’t always have to be related financially. Sometimes, even a few experiences that you learn can be worth a lot. [Read: 12 types of humor and how it affects relationships]

#10 Don’t hold your life back. In the pursuit of your dreams, don’t neglect your life or your loved ones. It’s good to be ambitious and determined, but not at the cost of losing your present life. Don’t sacrifice so much that you’ll end up hating yourself for taking the steps you’ve taken. [Read: Making the choice between love and career]

If you have a good day job, stick to it but spend a few hours every day bringing yourself closer to your dreams. If you spend a few hours of alone time with your lover every day, don’t give up on that. Find ways to pursue your dream without too many sacrifices. This really is the most important final step you need to remember along your way to a better life.

[Quiz: How far will you really go for success?]

Use these 10 steps, and it will change your life forever. After all, it’s easy to wonder what you should do with your life. But it’s a lot easier to achieve that dream. It may not happen tomorrow or the day after, but as long as you get one step closer every day, you’ll get there faster than you can imagine.


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  • Juergen
    January 2, 2013 | Permalink |

    #4 inspirations: IMHO the best source of inspirational speeches of all kind is ted.com

  • Judy Kunz
    February 27, 2013 | Permalink |

    I am not your 20-something or even 30-something. I will be 60 in April and my life is stuck in nowhere land. I suffer from depression and am on disability because I lost my job at 55 and due to the recession and my age I couldn’t get another one. I have only one friend who lives in Buffalo, NY and I live in the Bronx. I have relatives who all have families and rarely contact me. I am a virgin who has never had any relationship with a man but just went through a very frustrating mess with someone who led me on and then rejected me and has moved away without even saying goodbye. I know I need therapy but am on a Medicaid plan and can’t find a therapist I would feel able to relate to. The selection available through the plan is shitty. I am a Catholic and find no comfort in that religion. Perhaps someone could suggest some path to make my life bettter because right now it is depressing and lonely and looks like it will stay that way unless I find a better way. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Darla L
    March 5, 2013 | Permalink |

    Dear Judy,
    After a failed marriage that failed and four raising four children, I couldn’t fill an emptiness and void that I had. I am 49 and am just now feeling more alive than I have ever felt in my life. Sometimes if we are spiritually empty we try to fill the void with people, when it is God we need to seek. I was like you in the respect that the religion (SDA) I was in gave me no comfort. I started watching Shepherd’s Chapel on television and the pastor, Arnold Murray teaches chapter by chapter, verse by verse out of the bible. The church I went to before, it was a verse here and there and their family experiences.
    I finally can understand the KJV after studying with Shepherd’s Chapel and I have been spiritually filled and have been able to move forward in my life with peace and joy. Now family and friends have noticed a difference in me and I share the Good News with them.

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