Have you ever come across a fork in the road and been unable to decide which road to take?
Perhaps all of your options seem to be plagued with too many caution signs for your comfort? Or maybe you’re not even sure what your options are.
This happens to everyone from time to time.
Ever wonder why this happens?
Many times it’s because you’re not clear about ‘who you are’ and ‘who you want to become.’
And who you are changes frequently which makes it difficult to keep up.
Or, perhaps you haven’t had the opportunity to figure out exactly what is important to you and what you want to get out of this lifetime.
Because of this, you can find yourself experiencing fear and anxiety about the decisions you need to make. Fear that you’ll make a mistake, make the wrong decision and end up in a place you’re not happy with.
Consequently, what often happens is you freeze. You get permanently stuck at a stop sign because you’re afraid to turn left, right or go straight.
Ever feel frustrated or a bit lost when this happens?
Unfortunately, when you get frustrated, you begin to procrastinate, lose your creativity, and struggle to find motivation.
Therefore, it’s important to be prepared each time a fork in the road presents itself to you.
Give a few of these techniques a try. I think they will help.
7 WAYS TO FIGURE OUT THE NEXT PHASE OF YOUR LIFE
1 – Create a Personal Mission Statement
If done well, a personal mission statement will provide you with clear boundaries for all of your goals, plans and priorities. Every goal you develop should support your mission statement. If they do not, either revise your statement or adjust your goals in order to stay on track.
2 – Create a ‘Must Do in Life’ List
Develop a list of all the things you must do, be, and experience before your time on earth is up. Time travel to your older self and ask, “What things will I regret if I don’t do them?” Compare your list to your personal mission statement to ensure the items on your list support your statement. Use this list to guide your next steps.
3 – Quiet the Noise
Take a hint from Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft. He dedicates two weeks every year to spend time reflecting on his life and his next steps. If you don’t have the luxury of two weeks, find a way to make this work for you. An hour a month, a half-day every 6 months, a full day once a year. Whatever works for you. Just find some time to quiet the noise for uninterrupted thinking and reflection.
4 – Conduct an Informational Interview
What’s one thing you really want to do that you’re not quite sure how to make happen? Once you decide, find someone who has already done it (either someone you know or someone you don’t). Reach out to them to conduct an informational interview. Learn about their successes and challenges along the way to help you develop your own plan for success. Don’t be shy. People generally love to share their experiences to help others succeed. The worst that can happen is they say ‘no’. If they do, it’s generally due to lack of time. Just find someone else.
5 – Determine Your Ideal Life
Have you ever written down and defined exactly what an ideal day, week, month and year would look like for you? This is a great starting point to develop goals that will ultimately lead to a life full of happiness and joy. Check-out THIS POST that includes a free worksheet to determine your ideal life.
6 – Develop a Life Plan
Follow an effective life planning process to develop a life plan. A good life planning process will help you figure out exactly what you want to do with your life, develop goals, create a plan and help you prioritize efficiently.
Unlike other goal setting strategies, THE ESSENTIAL GOAL SETTING WORKBOOK & PLANNER will help you develop goals that reflect your core values and beliefs; ultimately making it more likely for you to succeed.
7 – Develop a planning schedule that works for you
Consider committing to a specific time period where you will revisit the direction you’re going and/or revising your life plan. Some people feel more comfortable planning out 3 months at a time. Others prefer a longer approach (1-3 years). Everyone is different, so figure out what time period works best for you and put a recurring reminder on your calendar.
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