“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.” – Jim Rohn
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Asking ourselves big questions can have a big impact on life. Many of the great minds made it a practice to challenge their thoughts and life on a consistent basis.
Ben Franklin asked himself each morning, “What good shall I do this day?” and each evening, “What good have I done today?”
Steve Jobs asked himself in the mirror each day, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do?”
I like this practice because it forces us to be intentional.
There are days in life when I ask myself, “Am I doing something that matters?”
Some days this question is good and others it’s been a source of frustration, pointing out how far I am from where I want to be.
This question led me to take a year off during college to volunteer for a human rights group where I met people who would change my life forever.
Asking myself this question also led me around the world providing clean water to people in developing countries as my actual job for several years.
Have you ever asked yourself this question? It’s okay if you haven’t.
Maybe today will be your day.
Or maybe you have considered this question and have been disappointed with the lack of insight or direction your life is going in.
That’s okay, too.
This questions of “am I doing something that matters” sounds simple but it’s often counter to what culture tells us to ask ourselves.
We find ourselves just trying to keep up we life we forget to ask ourselves what kind of life we really want.
If we aren’t careful, the days become weeks and the weeks become months and the months become years. We end up never follow our dreams or doing something with real purpose.
Before you know it, you’ll reach the end and ask yourself, “Did I do what I wanted to do in this life?”
Crazy enough – this is a common regret of people that are living in their last days.
A study found that the number one regret of the dying is that they didn’t pursue their hopes or dreams in life.
Here’s the thing…Yes, you should build a career and think about money.
But more importantly, I believe you should ask yourself about how you can build a life that you are proud of outside of the things that won’t matter in the end.
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You have a choice to take the risk and step out and do what you’ve always wanted to do or you have the choice to do what others want you to do.
Maybe you want to quit a job you aren’t happy at? Go ahead, put your notice in. Find something you are excited about.
Maybe you want to get out of debt so you can travel more? Create a plan and make it happen.
Maybe you want to pursue a different career? Go back to school or start setting up meetings with people in the new industry you want to work in.
Maybe you want to write music? Get a pen now and start writing.
Maybe you want to start a business? Start building it!
Maybe you want to climb a mountain? Find your summit and start planning your trip.
Look. There will always be reasons you can’t make your dreams happen.
Find the one reason you should make your dreams happen and hang onto that when it gets hard.
Life is short. You get one shot. Don’t take it for granted.
In the end, doing something that matters is not only important, it may be the most important thing in life.
Now go make it happen.
Zack is one of the co-founders of FreeUp and is in charge of setting the strategy for the blog and managing the day-to-day operations. When he isn't plotting new ways to create awesome blog content, he likes to geek out about global affairs, ride motorcycles and can probably be found hiking somewhere during his days off.
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