Our life easily becomes robotic. For example, you may have a standard morning routine: Wake up, brush your teeth, hop in the shower, get ready for the day, make a cup of coffee (perhaps you put it in a to-go cup) and you’re off to work. And, I’m sure you folks who work afternoon or night shifts have your own routine, as well as stay-at-home parents…or as close to a “routine” as you can find with your children! 🙂
Morning routines are one thing – but, all too often, we allow ourselves to shift into auto pilot after that morning routine and we find ourselves living a life that we’re not completely aware of or in control of. We allow that routine – those actions – to gain control over us instead of us being in control of our actions.
Many times, when someone is lacking a sense of purpose, feeling empty or like there is a void in their life, it’s because they’ve stopped asking themselves two questions: “What do I want to do?” and “Why do I want to do it?”
We can ask ourselves these two questions with even the simplest of tasks in life or we can use those two questions for the larger commitments we have in life – the things that are occupying a great amount of our time and energy.
I, myself, find that “What do I want…” and “Why do I want…” serve as great compass questions to help me navigate through life. When I know my what and why, I feel purpose. I feel passion. I feel satisfied and confident.
Now, in many instances, we’re already committed to something – we already have a career or a family, etc… If that’s the case, maybe you can use these two questions in another form or as a sort of “pulse check.” You have a secure job, but still feel unfulfilled. Time for a pulse check – What do you want to do? Why do you want to do it? Perhaps you have a family. You realize you consistently put your children’s and husband’s happiness and desires over your own. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a very admirable and selfless thing; however, YOU absolutely matter – and in the long run, if you’re not healthy and happy, it will trickle into your family. You are a priority, too!
I realize the above examples very much ‘skim the surface’ and that life and each of our own personal journeys are way more complicated than that. But, I hope that gave you an idea or at least a starting point as to how you can begin to regain control and hop back into the pilot seat!
Remember: Our thoughts develop into actions. Our actions develop our reality. Our reality develops our sense of happiness and fulfillment.
What do you want to do? Why do you want to do it?