Sometimes in life, we find ourselves at a dead end, or a crossroads, or on a path that seems to go nowhere và say “I don’t know what to vì chưng with my life…”

No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to lớn how khổng lồ proceed, then you need lớn reevaluate.

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When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had lớn pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How bởi you know what’s going to lớn make you happy for the rest of your life, especially if you’re only 16 & you’re still getting a thrill out of watching “The Breakfast Club?”

You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going lớn make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now & if you’re current position — or school track — isn’t it, then you need khổng lồ move on.

When my oldest children were contemplating their college careers và job prospects, I often told them lớn just go & take classes or try things they thought might be interesting and if they didn’t lượt thích the class or workshop or whatever, then cross that off your list. Life is often about trying things & realizing what you don’t want to be when you “grow up.”

I spent a year substitute teaching in an effort to see if I wanted khổng lồ become a public school teacher. I enjoyed that year immensely, but after talking with teachers and doing some of their job for a year, I realized that was a career that was not for me.

1. It’s Okay You Can’t Figure out the Whole Future

Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next. Life is full of interesting twists và turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting và more fun.

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Maybe you enjoy making jewelry right now. Maybe you can sell it. In five years, you might be a successful jewelry designer or you might have moved on khổng lồ another craft. It doesn’t matter. You have the experience of your jewelry design lớn fall back on và help you with other projects in the future.

2. Try lớn Be Comfortable with Discomfort

Sometimes, life is uncomfortable. Sometimes, we don’t have enough money to bởi vì all of the things we want lớn do. If you have something you really want to pursue, then you must be able to lớn live with some amount of discomfort in order to vì that.

For example, I want lớn mush sled dogs and run the Iditarod. In order to do that, I had to give up my neat, tidy suburban home and move my family lớn a cabin in Alaska.

We don’t have running water or regular electricity and our cabin is much smaller than our old house, but we don’t mind the discomfort of those things because we live in a beautiful place & I get to pursue my dream.

3. Life Is Uncertain, Go with It

Stuff happens. I thought I had it all. I had a great job & a great house in the woods. Then I got fired, lost my house & turned 40 all in the same week. Then I found out I was pregnant. Quite the week.

I laid on the couch for a couple of days, depressed, but then we got it together, made a plan & moved khổng lồ Alaska.

Take uncertainty & turn it on its head. Every bad thing is an opportunity khổng lồ make something good happen.

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Besides, it’s really never too late to change your life course when something goes wrong!

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof: How to lớn Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

4. Overcome Distractions và Stop Procrastinating

You’re not getting younger. Sorry, but it’s true. If you don’t start taking the time to lớn pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the kết thúc of your life with nothing to show for it but a lot of Facebook posts và a bunch of TV shows you just had khổng lồ watch.

If you are serious about pursuing a dream — whether it’s designing jewelry, professional skateboarding or being a rich và famous computer guru, you better get on it.

Take those first steps. Turn off your Facebook notifications & get working. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

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Better yet, learn these steps lớn stop procrastinating and start lớn focus on what truly matters: What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)

5. Ask Yourself Questions

Take some time for yourself. Ask yourself big questions. & small ones.

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Learn about yourself. Meditate. Write down the things that interest you and things you could see yourself doing if time and money were no object. Dream big. Quiet your mind & really imagine yourself doing those things.

By asking yourself meaningful questions, you’re building yourself an invincible Motivation Engine lượt thích this and whenever challenges arise, you know how to giảm giá with them.

6. Volunteer or Shadow Someone

If there is a job or hobby you are interested in — from grooming dogs lớn being a zookeeper — volunteer or job shadow and see if it’s an occupation you really want khổng lồ do.

All the dreaming in the world isn’t going khổng lồ help you if you don’t go and get your hands dirty. Sometimes, we think we want to vì chưng something và then once we try it, we realize it might not be the kind of work we like after all.

Or it might be more involved than we realized. It’s important lớn get hands-on experience & do a lot of reading by those with first-hand experience before we give up our current life to lớn pursue a dream.

7. Save Up

If you need to move or go back to school khổng lồ pursue your new dream, it might be pertinent lớn get a job doing something — anything — & save up the money khổng lồ allow you to vày it.

I worked for many years khổng lồ build my writing và editing portfolio và now, I can write và edit articles from my wee little cabin, get paid, and use the money to pay for the equipment và food I need to run my dogsled team.

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Would I love to lớn be able to lớn make money just from running dogs? Sure. But it’s not possible right now while I’m building và training my team.

I don’t have a reputation in dog mushing yet, but I vị have a reputation in writing. So I vì one job I love to lớn pay for the other.

8. Answer the Door

Opportunity may be knocking but, if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented khổng lồ you.

Sometimes it’s not the right time, but it doesn’t matter. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity might walk on by and knock on someone else’s door.

Final Thoughts

The most important thing khổng lồ remember when trying khổng lồ figure out what vị with your life is that no kích hoạt is an action in & of itself. You must make decisions và try things — even if you over up hating them or wanting to vày something else.

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Remember, it’s never too late to lớn start again. (Jack’s story is an inspiring one about rebooting life at a later stage of life!)

At the over of your life, you won’t regret trying things and failing, but you will regret not ever trying at all.

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Close that laptop and go get your life.