The answer, "I Don't Know" comes up often when students are asked, "What Do You Want To Do?" In this episode, you're challenged to seriously consider that you really do know what you want to do. If you do know, why does it feel like you don't? A series of thought-provoking questions are introduced along with some suggestions and resources that may help you delve a little deeper to uncover what you really desire to do so you can get on with what you're here to contribute.
Instead of thinking about the word work when considering what you want to do, try using the word contribute instead?
From the stance of fixing something you think is broken or non-existent, ask . . .
From the stance of what lights you up . . .
What are your non-negotiables – those values or principles in life that guide your decisions? Take a peek at Steve Pavlina's list of values. Then, spend a little time identifying your core values. Try to narrow your list down to your top five (no more than ten). The goal here is to get down to those that mean the most to you, those values that are truly non-negotiable.
How well do you know yourself? How self-aware are you? To begin with you, you've got to do some self exploration.
If your answer is consistently “I don't know” when asked what you want to do, consider why you may not want to know?
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. – Thomas Jefferson
When it comes to uncovering this answer, it's important to explore and experiment, as there is much to be curious about. Consider the following:
Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. – Rumi
Consider checking out the following resources. Both of these authors do a great job of helping you tap into what you really want, and what you must do versus what you think you should be doing.
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