How Do You Want to Spend Your Days?

Maybe because my youngest is starting college.  Maybe because I’ve been wrestling with this concept for the past decade.  Maybe because I’d rather philosophize than do most things.

Whatever the reason, I find this question rattling around in my head since I found it on Amy Lynn Andrew’s blog:

How do you want to spend your days?

It’s a great question for the young person looking at educational options.  It’s a great question for someone in transition re-evaluating their life.

It reveals a deep insight to ask this question first and work backwards from there.

What is your ideal life? What is the dream life that you want for yourself? What do you want your legacy to be? What is the meaning and purpose of your life? What is the mission of your life?

This is really at the heart of creating your best life.

Choosing the path that allows you the freedom to spend your days doing what you love.

How do you want to spend your days?

Do you want to work inside or outside?  Do you want to shower before work or after?  Do you want to work with your hands or with your mind?  Do you want to work with people or be alone?

Do you want to do creative work or maintenance work or organizing work or work with numbers?  Do you want to teach or clean or sell or counsel or diagnose or research?

Do you want structured work hours or do you want flexible work hours?

Do you want to work for a huge corporation, a small business or be a soloprenuer?

Do you want to work with children or young people or adults?

Do you want to help the disadvantaged or the gifted?

What have people told you that you’re good at?

What are you doing when you totally lose track of time and miss meals?

As the old adage says, figure out how to get paid for doing what you love and you’ll never work a day of your life.

What gets you out of bed in the mornings?

What is your bigger why?

How do you want to spend your days?

Then the next question follows, how do you get from here to there?

What training will you need?  What experience?  Who are the experts that can show you the way?  What steps do you need to take to get you from where you are to where you want to be?

Are you doing what you need to do today to be where you want to be tomorrow?

I think it’s valuable to invest some mental energy into these questions.

I think it’s key to creating your best life.

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be?

What are the steps from here to there?

Because, the fact of the matter is, we get stuck.

We settle. We end up living a life that we don’t love.

Of course, often life doesn’t end up the way we planned. Illness, accident, losing loved ones. We can get a curve ball that wasn’t on the radar.

Then you have to regroup.

Do some more soul searching. Spend time in prayer and evaluation.

I’ve been hearing lately that you shouldn’t necessarily be following your passion. Some are saying you should follow your curiosity. Because that is what will continue to motivate you after the passion has cooled.

Getting from here to there isn’t necessarily going to be easy. It might require some education. It might require some crazy hard work. It might require aprenticeship or internship or sitting at the feet of the experts. It might involve some false starts. It might involve new friendships, taking initiative, getting out of your comfort zone. It might take raw courage. It might take blood, sweat and tears. It might take failure. Falling down and getting up. Again and again.

You can’t steer a parked car. Move forward and then alter your course if you need to.



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