Our everyday lives often cause us to lose sight of our long-term goals or neglect the small pleasures that make us happy. If you’re experiencing a period of depression or lack of motivation or perspective, you might need to take an honest look at the situation and put yourself back on track. We each have the ability and need to live with passion, excitement and a sense of fulfillment. There are many ways to refocus your attention and think about what your unique goals and passions really are.
Here is one exercise that you can try to get you thinking about your real self. Answer each of the following questions in writing, with at least 30 words for each answer. Give details: times, places, names, etc.
1. When were you most happy?
2. When were you most excited?
3. What was an amazing or revelatory comment or critique you were given?
4. When did you feel extremely special and unique?
5. What did you dream of being when you were younger?
6. What is one thing you want to do before you die?
7. If you could have a career in any industry, which would it be?
8. What did you used to dream that you would be?
9. If you could learn one thing right now what would it be?
10. What are your biggest interests?
11. How would you like people to see you?
12. What is the one place you’d like to see before you die?
13. What have you always secretly wanted to do?
This exercise is simply meant to focus you on some goals and details which you might have lost sight of during the daily grind. The opportunities and choices we have are actually unlimited. If you can unravel your own priorities and goals from among others’ expectations of you and the needs of the world around us, you’ll be on the way to realizing your true self and taking advantage of your unique talents and passions.