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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

hat's the meaning of life? Well, maybe nobody really knows the answer to that question, but figuring out what your purpose in life is can be accomplished with some honest introspection. Figuring out your overall plan can help you achieve your ultimate goal and be what you want to be.

Think hard about your aspirations. What is it that you are passionate about? How do you want to benefit (from) other people?
Understand your strengths. What do you find comes easiest to you, or that you enjoy doing the most? Do you have an innate talent in mathematics? Do you find it easy to express emotions to other people? Are you comfortable speaking with other people? Do you have a passion for educating others on the topics with which you are most familiar? Are you a one-of-a-kind athlete? These are only a handful of potential questions that you could ask yourself.
If you're uncertain about what your strengths are, don't worry — you're not alone. There are a number of actions that you can take to help recognize what you do best. Everyone has a talent or skill in some particular field.
Consider some potential career options. There are a multitude of careers out there, but they will ultimately narrow down to that which you enjoy doing the most. Think about what actually is in you — the real you, and your real wish. It may help to consider what you would be willing to pay to do, or to do even if you weren't being paid.
Ask your friends and family. What personal characteristics and talents do you reflect to them? What do they think would be good for you, in terms of a career, that highlight these characteristics? Although you should not rely completely on what they suggest, there is great value in their observations of what they see in you as a person.
Have confidence. Become your own person. Don't follow anyone else's style — create your own. Make decisions based on your own aspirations and goals for yourself. Don't base your standards or values on the standards of others.
Join clubs or other organizations that pertain to your talent. You can become more familiar with your determined area of expertise, further strengthening your talents.
Set your goals and commit to them. Be certain with yourself that you want to follow through with a particular area for the foreseeable future. Don't make a decision and change your mind in a matter of months. Write down your goals and revisit the list often.
Follow your dreams. Don't let anyone hold you back.

One of the biggest obstacles to individuals in becoming what they want to be in life is the financial aspect. People want to be comfortable in their area of expertise, but still wish to maintain financial security. You heard it many times before: Money isn't everything. Despite how hackneyed the statement is, it is true. There is little purpose to having a high-paying job if you are miserable all the time. A lower-paying job may pay big dividends in terms of less stress, more job satisfaction and better overall quality of life.
Higher education will give you many future opportunities in life. Consider obtaining a bachelor's degree in an area that is relevant to your talents and abilities.
Practice! Work hard!
Effort = Results!
Keep a journal or other log to write down your thoughts and plans. Check backward once every six months or so and see if what you wrote then still jives with the way you feel today.
Be careful - A lower paying job can often come with more stress. You may not be able to pay your bills and spend all your time worrying about money.

Don't back down on your goals! Remember to develop a plan and commit to it!
Don't be afraid to change your goals! Just because you wanted something more than anything at one point in your life doesn't mean that you can't change your mind.


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