Take a moment to think about what is important to you. This could be anything such as your family, specific values, your car, your future, anything. Once you know what it is that you value, think about why you see it as something of importance. Is it because you want to build or maintain something? Is it because you might feel lost without it? Does whatever thing make you feel good? Knowing what you like and value is extremely important to your growth and your self-awareness. You should know yourself better than anyone knows you.
Pursue what is valuable to you, not what harms you
If you have a clear idea about what you like, then you are 10 steps ahead of everyone else. As humans, we often fall into the trap of just doing whatever for no particular reason. Maybe someone told us to do something or maybe we feel obligated to do it or maybe there is nothing else to do. If we continue on a path where we mindlessly do whatever, then we are destined to fail and will bring about more harm than good for ourselves. But the thing is, why let ourselves fall into this trap?
By mindlessly doing things that we really do not enjoy, we continue on hurting ourselves, which leads us to the question of “what is the point”? We are harming ourselves by not pushing ourselves to the next step. Not only that, but you are harming others who are around you. This is why you need to know what is of value to you. When you have a clear understanding of what you find valuable, you have all the power to pursue what it is you like. If you value your career, then why not work harder to build it up? If you enjoy hanging out with friends who talk more philosophically, why not be friends with ones who talk this way? You need to surround yourself with things that improve your life and bring value to you.
Life is short. Do not waste your life doing things that you do not care for or that harm you. If feels like yesterday that I was playing football in my freshman year of high school. I can recount many memories (successes, failures, the practices, the games, anything), but that was 7 years ago. I remember so much of my time playing football, because I was passionate about it and it truly meant something to me. I bet you can remember things that you did 5-10 years ago that made some sort of impact on your life. However, I can guarantee that you will struggle to remember the mundane busywork that you did last week on a specific day. Fill your life with moments that make you happy and not something that you cannot remember. Life is too short; do not waste it by not going after what you like.
Bring your life joy by chasing after what you value
Life has so many opportunities and exciting things to do. Think about something you want and things that you value. When you know what you desire, then you will see more success in your life and your life will change for the better. Create yourself memories and not things to forget. When you pursue after a goal, you will experience growth. Take the time to think about what you want and how you are going to get there. There is nothing to lose.