Find Your Path: 3 Tips to Find Fulfillment Today
“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” Pocahontas
10 second summary: Take time today to consider the path you’re traveling in life. What direction are you going with your career, family, faith, finances, fitness, and any other area that speaks to you? Are you still going in the right direction? Use the tips below to assess where you are. Then shift slightly and begin traveling your path to fulfillment.
3 Tips to Find Your Path to Fulfillment
Have you ever been driving, arrived somewhere and suddenly realized you don’t remember how you got there? I have. Life is so busy that unless we’re intentional it’s easy to drift along, go with the flow, and focus on daily tasks. We plow through our to-do lists and time flies.
All of the sudden we wonder “how did I get here?”
Today let’s pause and consider where we are, and where we’re going in key areas in our life. If we don’t take time to evaluate our direction, circumstances will choose our path for us. And we may not like where we end up.
It’s normal for our priorities to change over time. When I was younger, I loved focusing on my professional career and traveled frequently. But once my daughter was born, my priorities shifted. I transitioned to a career and schedule that helped me better balance my work and family time.
What may have been the best path and perfect direction for us at one stage in our life could be completely wrong for us now. Our paths and priorities will change again and again as we grow and mature, and walk through different life stages.
Follow the three simple steps below for just 10 minutes today to find and follow the best go-forward path for your life.
1. Where Are You?
Write down a quick assessment of where you are in the 6 core areas below. Choose one to focus on today.
- Faith—doing well, spending time regularly with God and others, growing daily
- Family and Friends—needs a little work—spend more time with my husband
- Finances—doing pretty good, using a budget, making progress towards goals
- Fitness—OK but can always be better, exercising 2-3 times weekly, working towards 4-5
- Career—unhappy, feeling stuck, not sure what to do
- Other—I’ve always wanted to spend more time creating my artwork but I just can’t fit it in. Life is too busy so it’s not a priority right now.
Most important area of focus today = career. Not happy with where I’m at, not sure where it’s going.
2. Where Do You Want to Go?
Once you’ve chosen your focus category, reflect on how you got where you’re at and where you really want to go. Pray about ideas. Write down ideas. It may take more than 10 minutes to answer these questions, but get the process started.
- How did I get here?
- Do I want to be here?
- If money was not an issue, what would I do?
- If time was not an issue, what would I do?
- What’s worked for me in the past (is there something I’ve stopped doing that I could start again?)
- What have I always wanted to try?
- What do others always compliment me on and say I’m great at?
- What talents has God given me?
- Where do my interests and talents overlap?
- What are my most important priorities in this area?
- How can I best serve God and others in this area?
- What advice would I give someone else in this area?
- What’s holding me back from going in the direction I want to go? How can I overcome those issues?
3. Pick One and Go Forward
Once you’ve thought about where you want to go, make a decision and take action. Pick one small thing you can do today to start moving in a new direction. The key word is small. Don’t try to change everything overnight. Pick one small step and take it, no excuses.
For example, if you’re unhappy with your career, quitting your job and diving into something different today is likely too drastic of a change. But if you decide you really want to shift into a career that allows you to leverage your artistic talent (or whatever your talents may be), your small step today can be studying careers that may interest you and researching their salary levels.
Pray for wisdom and take one small step forward each day to test out your new direction and start traveling down that path. Do you need to go back to school? Take up a hobby you’ve always wanted to try? Plant a garden? Write a book? Spend more time with your loved ones? Pick the smallest of actions and take it.
Be bold and courageous today. Look steadily at your paths, and think about where you are going. Chances are you’ll find at least one small change to make that can lead to a more fulfilled and balanced future. Make it happen!
“When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road…run, run, run and don’t stop ‘til you’ve reached its end.” Jose N. Harris
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