Have you ever studied something because you were told it was a sensible option? Have you ever pursued a career because the profession was in your family, or even taken up a hobby because everyone else was? You’re not alone. So many of us make decisions based upon others – this doesn’t have to be a bad thing as advice can be useful – but when your decision is solely based upon what others think you should do, you can end up living the life others want for you, as opposed to living the life you truly desire (a mark of any truly authentic life).
In order to make certain you are identifying and setting your own goals and dreams, ask yourself the following questions:
Does this excite me?
Does this inspire me?
Does this motivate me?
If you discover you answered no to any of the above questions in relation to your job, it’s worth remembering that people can find purpose in goals and dreams which are outside of their nine to five – in fact many do! Only you will know whether it is right to focus on outside interests as opposed to changing careers, there is no one size fits all.
If you would like to develop and create meaningful goals that excite you, inspire you, and motivate you, please read the series ‘How to Turn Your Dreams into Reality’.
Do you have any goals or life choices that were based on what others wanted for your life? Are you happy with your career? Are you inspired to create goals that are meaningful to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.