“What do you want to do with your life?”
“I want to help people.”
“How are you going to do that?”
“Not really sure.”
This was a conversation that took place with a friend about five years ago. If you go read it again, you’ll know the conversation I recently had with that same friend.
Nothing had changed.
There were a few slight differences in specific things they were doing, but overall a vague, directionless life is still going on, with no closer realization of this vacuous goal.
No progress was made in any particular area of life, and no further clarification on what they wanted to do with their life. Just five years older and we were having the same conversation.
There is no shortage of people making resolutions, doing annual reviews and other forms of goal-setting here near the beginning of the year. Most of us talk about some things we know we need to do that we’ve slagged off since the previous year, and most of us won’t do any different than we did last year.
Maybe that’s good enough for your life. Maybe you won’t wake up one day and realize you’ve wasted 50 years of your life wandering around aimlessly. It scares me to think how many people do that very thing.
Are you working toward something?
Are you just hanging around?
Are you staying on track (or shifting course, as appropriate)?
I hope you have this conversation with yourself more than once a year, and certainly more than every five years.
I’m going to keep asking you…