How often do we think about what we really want in life? My daughter asked me a question as part of an assignment recently. The question was, what advice do you have for me right now about my future?
How to answer that question! I thought about telling her to dream big because you'll be surprised how much you can accomplish in life. But I decided to tell her, think about what you really really want to do. Whether you're looking at a career, or where to live, or the people you spend time with, really think about what you want.
As I gave her the advice, I realized, I was giving her advice that I'd been thinking about in this phase in my life. I've finally come to really really think about what I want. I am an offender of settling in the past for what was in front of me, what seemed like what I was supposed to be doing, what I was good at and, therefore, easy for me.
If you're lucky, you will have difficult things happen in your life which cause you to really rethink the path you are on. Painful as that may be, what comes from that kind of experience can be extraordinary.
I am now at a point where I am determined to stay on the path of what I really want. I'm not just casting about for what will work for me quickly. I'm setting a path for myself and I'm determined to stay on that path, focusing on only where I truly want to go. It's too easy to be distracted by situations that lead you off your chosen path.
So my advice for my daugher, and for myself, and for you is, spend a lot of time thinking about what you really really really want. It will be time well spent.