Does what you do make you happy? Go ahead, ask yourself that question and be brutally honest with yourself. Think about how you feel on a Sunday night right before you go to sleep. Are you dreading the work week or are you looking forward to what you have ahead of you? These are questions we should really dwell on every once in a while to see if we are still on course with the goals that we have lain out for ourselves.
“The definition of Insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” -Albert Einstein
I am a firm believer in that unhappiness stems from spending a majority of our precious time doing things that are contrary to our passions that were placed inside of us. The only way to reduce unhappiness is for us to evaluate our lives and make the necessary changes that lead to more happy, fulfilled, purposeful lives. Here are a few things you can do to start making those changes today.
Write Down Your Passions
I like to call these Passion Docs, where you list out what makes you get up in the morning and do what you do. This can be just bullet points or full on paragraphs, just remember the more specific the are, the more actionable they are. Start listing out:
- Your favorite things to do.
- What you would do for free.
- Things you can do better than anyone else you know.
- What those close to you say you are passionate about.
Keep Your List Of Passions Handy
When you start to coast through life with no goals or direction it’s like sitting in an inner tube in the middle of the ocean, life will take you in its current and when you look up you you are even further from your goals than when you started. Keeping a current list of your goals is very important but keeping it in a place where you frequently see it is infinitely more important. Keeping your goals in line of sight gives you a sense of urgency and gives you perspective of what needs to get done as well as motivation to accomplish it. I like to use Evernote to keep track of my goals due to its ability to sync to the cloud so I can access my lists from anywhere. Where do you put you goals?
Acknowledge What Makes You Unhappy
A lot of time we do not think hard enough about what actually makes us unhappy. Give some thought to these area of your life, but to not dwell to much into it so that it begins to negatively impact you. Just enough so that you know what needs to change. Meditating on these area of our life is the first step towards change.
People often fail at making the changes they need in order to be happy by biting off more than they can chew in the beginning. They try to make too big of a change too quickly and that is a setup for failure. Start with the small steps and gradually move on to the bigger more challenging stuff. You need this time to develop the habits and attitude that will bring you through the more challenging storms ahead of you.
Love what you do or change what you do.
Life is challenging, but in each of us is the power to shape our thoughts and attitude to help motivate us and overcome any obstacle. There are so many things in life in which we have no control over, however, one thing we do have control over is our attitude and how we respond to any given situation. Search your heart for the right response.
How will you respond to the current situations in your life?
Do you love what you do or do you need to change what you do?