Somebody used my "Ask Mindy" feature, how exciting! However, it's also kind of a surprise. Since there had been no activity for several months, I removed the link, or at least I thought I had. However, I think I may reinstate the feature, I enjoy being able to connect and help in this way.
(FYI: The service I use went through some changes recently, so I had to let anonymous know, it may have slipped through the cracks long ago)
"What should I do with my life?"
That's a big one, something that can't be answered quickly, or easily, really. But, here's my recommendation to make the process a little easier on yourself.
- What triggered this question? What is your intention? Does this question reflect a more global perspective, like helping with a cause in the world or your community, or are you trying to figure out next steps with the work you're doing now? In either case, if you're unsure, you may try these next steps toward discovering it.
- Get clear about what you do like, whether you write it down, choose visual images, or tell somebody, get those thoughts out of your head and claim them in some way. Where I get results and what I suggest most often is, write it down--"write it into existence", it works. And, be consistent with those thoughts, think about them often.
If you're looking to help with a greater cause, volunteer in some capacity with an organization that speaks to you. Is there a cause that's close to your heart? Has someone close to you experienced addiction, and you feel called to raise awareness or funds to help a cause related to that? Or, if this is for your next steps, and you're trying to figure out what you want to do, what have you enjoyed in previous positions? What really motivated you to show up everyday, those are the items you record, because you want more of them to show up!
Of course, it's helpful to know what you don't like. However, recognize them for what they are, and the feelings they evoked, then release them. The more you think, speak, and do toward your intentions, the more you perpetuate that positive energy to bring the good into view.
Once you realize those traits you like and admire, you may need to do some research to discover where you could apply them. If you'd like more guidance, leave a comment so I can share it with my newsletter subscribers, they're an insightful, and helpful group of folks.
- Now, immerse yourself in how you want to feel daily, monthly, or overall with your work, or the cause you're getting behind. Joyful, energized, engaged, valued, satisfied? Go there, go deep.
- Think about what you want to be doing with your time, and record it. When do you want to rise, what would you like to be doing with your time? How do you want your day to unfold? Don't hold back, being as explicit as possible in any thought process is advantageous; put it on your calendar, set reminders on your phone, whatever works best for you. On my calendar, I've included "reflection time", I'm intentional about the time I carve out to read my inspirational emails, record any thoughts I had overnight, or sit in silence. It matters to me.
Speaking of silence. Years ago, I met a woman at an event, she said something that resonated with me: If you're always asking for guidance, how will you be able to hear the answer if you never get quiet?
Anonymous reader, please let me know if I helped in any way, or anybody else for that matter. If so, awesome, if not, what can I do to make it better? Click "Ask Mindy", or leave a comment to connect with me, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for reading, and much love to you on your journey.