“Not all those who wander are lost”- J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you feel like you have lost touch with who you are and life has not shaped up the way you had dreamt? Do you feel like you have spent your life on autopilot and woken up now? Are you thinking how you could have ever slipped off the path you were meant to be on and how to get back on it?
The first thing to know is that no matter where you are right now, the experiences you have had so far have precious lessons in them. They can be used to mould yourself and shape your life the way you want to. It is never too late to chase your dreams and follow your heart. The “mistakes” of your past may be the stepping stones to your success. Take responsibility and accept wherever you are today in order to start a fresh page tomorrow.
Think back to your childhood or even later during your teens and twenties. What were your passions and dreams? What lit a fire in your heart and a spark in your eyes? One easy way to answer this question is by asking yourself this: what would you love to do even if nobody paid you for it?
The key to success in life is doing what you love and becoming so good at it that you get paid to do it! When you focus on one thing, immerse yourself in it so that you know all that there is to know about it, and then practice to become the best at it, the world will sit up and take notice. The key here is to have a vision and a goal to work towards.
Becoming aware of the destructive habits and thought patterns that led you astray from your path would help to prevent you from slipping off again. Talk to people who are already working in that field to find out how their lifestyles are and see if it is really what you want. You could offer to work as a volunteer or even as an apprentice to someone. Try to get someone to mentor you as you start out on your new path in life. Enlist a good friend who can hold you accountable to your goal, someone who would be able to catch you by the collar and gently guide you back on track if you should ever derail from it!
To help you remain motivated on your journey, read inspirational books by people who have made this journey themselves. Create a vision board, where you collect pictures of what your success would look like.
Whoever said that there is no substitute for hard work was right. It’s just that when you work at what you love, hard work may not seem so hard after all. That’s why it is important to identify what you love first, then research it, work as a volunteer or apprentice to get the feel of it, and start working towards your dream.