Admit it. Sometimes you feel like your life is way off track.
It’s Important to Know the Person You Are
You have dreams, goals, and this idea of who you’re supposed to be, but you don’t feel like you’re living up to any of them.
Fortunately, two things are true.
You have time to get on track.
You’re probably not as far off as you think.
Before I kick off this list, let me start by saying this — you are enough.
Not to get all Eckhart Tolle on you, but it’s important to know the person you are — as currently constructed — is capable of achieving success of any kind.
You’re not missing anything. Could you be doing more? Absolutely. Do you need a kick in the ass sometimes? Definitely. But start from the premise that the tools and ability are already there.
You’re probably doing many things well, even if everything hasn’t clicked yet. If you notice yourself displaying any of these signs, it means you can build on them to become the kind of person you want to be.
You pick up a book from time to time, better yet everyday. You realize what Warren Buffet meant when he said, “The more you learn, the more you can potentially learn.”
Maybe you don’t know where your learning will take you, but you’re doing your best to acquire knowledge and develop skills. I didn’t know reading 75 books in a year would help me write two of my own, start a side business, become a better person, and give a talk in front of 1,000 people, but learning indirectly helped me do all of the above.
Keep learning. Don’t worry about where it will take you. I promise it’ll be somewhere great.
You’re (Still) Curious About the World
You haven’t resigned to your circumstances. You still believe in new possibilities for your future. This is important because resignation to your circumstances kills futures.
If you’ve managed to retain some of the curiosity you had as a child. If the world hasn’t beaten it out of you yet, hold onto it for dear life and explore your options sooner rather than later.
You understand you can’t have real success of any kind without your health. What’s a million dollars worth if you aren’t healthy enough to enjoy it?
You’re getting enough sleep. You’re exercising and eating right because you want your engine running smoothly to allow you to tackle new goals. If you have your health, you’ve given yourself room to let other things fall into place.
You Know What You’re Passionate About
Sure, you don’t have the dream career of life you want quite yet, but you have a pretty good idea of what both look like. Once I knew I wanted to be a writer, I settled in and got to work, because knowing your passion is just the start.
If you’ve found something you enjoy doing — writing, art, coding, fixing cars, online marketing, engineering — you’ve won half the battle.
Making the most out of your passionate pursuit is an entirely different story. Becoming the best at what you do takes years, decades even, so settle in. You’ll experience leaps in knowledge along the way and be astounded at how much you’ve learned, while simultaneously realizing how much you don’t know.