We occasionally lose our way in life. We start out full of zest in a new job or a new relationship… but years later question why we are doing it. If you find yourself in this position, go back to the start. Remember why you do what you do, and things start to fall in place again.
Go back to the beginning
Recall the exact point in time when you made the decision to do what you are doing now.
- Why did you take this job?
- What dream drove you to set up your business?
- What plans did you have for your relationship?
I remember deciding to start this blog when I was having breakfast with a friend. I told her I loved my life and at the same time looking to learn something new. She said many others would love the lifestyle I have and challenged me to write a blog to help others achieve this.
Whenever I feel like giving up the blog, I remind myself why I started it. You too may feel like giving up sometimes. Remind yourself why you do what you in the first place.
Identify the wrong turns
On a road trip, we sometimes take too many detours to enjoy the scenery, until we are way off our route. In blogging too, I got distracted by things that seemed to be important because so many other bloggers talked about them: subscriber numbers, page rank, how much money the blog was making. These are nice, but not why I started.
Remember why you do what you do
There’s nothing wrong with changing the course if you accidentally stumble upon something better. However, if you find yourself in a place you never planned to be, and don’t want to be, turn back.
- If you accepted a job because it paid the bills, then use it to pay the bills. Don’t expect it to bring fulfillment everyday because that’s not the job’s job.
- If you started a business to control your time, start planning your schedule. Don’t wonder why it’s not making you rich because that was not the purpose of the business.
- If you got married for companionship, then enjoy the company. Don’t demand that your partner make you happy because you wanted a companion, not a saviour.
Whatever journeys you have embarked on in life, I wish you happy travels. Enjoy the detours, yet remember why you’re on the road in the first place!