What are you doing with your life right now? How does it make you feel? Do you think you’re on the right track in your relationships and your job and how you feel about yourself?
Everyone has a purpose in the world. Everyone is meant to do something meaningful with their lives. Everyone has a life path. You may already found yours, and don’t even know it. Here are seven signs you don’t have to keep searching, or things to look out for as you begin your journey toward finding it.
1. You’re looking forward to waking up tomorrow
You know how miserable it can be, sitting all alone on a Sunday night praying Monday morning will never come? Dragging yourself out of bed in the morning can, unfortunately, become a routine. You know you’ve found your true life path, though, if you’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel that way.
Those who have found where they truly belong in this world, and get to do what they really want to do with their lives, don’t dread having to wake up in the morning to get to work. In many cases, they actually look forward to it. Starting the day is, well, their favorite part of the day.
2. Your “work” doesn’t feel like work
When people aren’t doing what they truly want to be doing with their lives, they find it very difficult to enjoy their work. Spending your whole life working, especially when you spend every day doing a job you don’t ever enjoy, is a sure sign that you aren’t doing what you’re really meant to be doing.
If you’ve found your life path, work doesn’t really feel like work. You look forward to it. You prioritize it. You don’t have quite as many problems balancing it with other areas of your life. You don’t have a job: you have a career. Or you live a lifestyle, instead of just practicing a hobby.
3. You’re constantly coming up with new ideas
People who feel trapped or aren’t content with where they are or what they are doing have a much harder time generating new ideas. When they do come up with ideas, they tend to have a harder time carrying them out. Doing so takes a sort of confidence you can’t achieve if you’re not doing what you would rather be doing.
The more satisfied we are with how we are spending our days, the easier time we are going to have coming up with new and creative ideas to continue doing more of the thing we love. For those who have found their life path, ideas are exciting and in themselves inspire more effort and creation.
4. You actually want to keep improving
“I don’t really feel the need to do anything differently than what I’m doing now.” These are the kinds of things you might say if you aren’t satisfied with the way you are spending your life. To be motivated to make changes and improve skills, you are pretty much required to at least sort of enjoy what you’re doing.
Setting goals is much easier when you are truly excited for the outcome. You set them because you want to track your progress and see how much better you could be doing than you are right now. It’s something you look forward to working toward. That’s how you know you’re doing life right.
5. You feel like your work is making a difference
If you are having a lot of thoughts such as, “What’s the point of completing this task—it isn’t helping anyone,” you’re probably not in the right place. That’s a sign of not being content, or lacking the confidence that what you are doing on a day to day basis isn’t making the kind of impact you want to be making on the world.
As someone who has found their life path, you truly feel as though the things you are doing are making some kind of difference, either in the lives of people you know or the lives of strangers you might never get the chance to meet. You have confidence that your work matters, and that’s how you can tell you’re on the right track.
6. You’re getting both positive and negative feedback from others
It’s not a good sign if you’re getting either all positive or all negative feedback on what you are doing. All positive feedback might mean you have reached the highest level of growth you can doing an activity or at a specific job. All negative feedback just isn’t good in any situation. Put them together, though, and you’re all set.
Both positive and negative feedback are signs that you are heading in the right direction with your business, goal or hobby. Positive feedback means there are people out there who recognize how passionate you are about what you are doing and are affected by it. This is also why negative feedback matters: if there are people out there trying to kill your joy, it’s because they know you’re happy and they aren’t.
7. You’re genuinely happy
Happiness is not something that can be measured very easily. However, it’s the little things that can point to signs that you are truly happy with where you are and what you are doing there. Things like looking forward to the day ahead, and loving your work so much that it never feels like work. Any kind of work or play that makes you feel truly content is a sign that you are exactly where you need to be.
If you aren’t happy where you are, that doesn’t mean you can’t start making small changes to get there. Your life path doesn’t necessarily have to be a career. You may run a marathon, and realize running marathons is something you want to do for the rest of your life. If that is a challenge that makes you happy, it counts.
Everyone has their own life path. Even you. If you haven’t found it yet, you will. Keep an eye out for these signs. One by one, you will come to relate to them, and know you’re finally doing exactly what you’ve wanted to do all along.