This Is How You Find Your Path In Life + Journal Prompts
Doesn’t it feel like everyone is trying to find their path in life nowadays? What is my purpose? Why am I here? How can I make a name for myself? These are questions we all ask ourselves at some point.
Finding your life and having a “purpose” is important. No one wants to feel like they have no purpose in life. However, finding said path can be really hard. It sometimes feels like everyone around you has it all figured out.
Sally from high school knew she wanted to be a doctor and she did it. Joe was always so talented and easily went on to be a professional soccer player. And Kelly?! Everyone knew she would be a great teacher because she’s always just had *it*.
But maybe you never had something that was clear to you. You were never pulled in one specific direction, you were good at lots of things but never great, and now you’re a full ass adult and have no idea what to do.
I get it! I’ve even been there. The good news is that everyone does go through this in some way or another. So, take a deep breath, and let’s talk about how to can find your path in life. ‘
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What does it mean to “find your path”?
Every single person will have a different idea of what finding their path means. I really think it comes down to a couple of things:
- How do you measure success?
- What makes you feel happy in life?
- What do you value?
These questions are important for knowing what “finding your path” even means.
Why you ask? Well, that’s because some people put the most value in their careers. Finding a solid career would be finding their path in life. Other people don’t care as much about work as they do about family and relationships. Someone else might consider starting a family their biggest purpose in life.
As for success, the way we measure success will determine the path we take.
If more money means more success, then working as a teacher wouldn’t be seen as successful. Sorry teachers, no hate!! The same could be said about social work (aka what I do as a full-time job).
Finding your path ultimately means finding your purpose. What makes you tick? The reason you continue to move forward in life. It may seem like one of those big “who am I” type of questions and in a way it is, but we all have a purpose.
Something that isn’t talked about enough is that your purpose does not need to be something complex and profound. We don’t all need to save the world. Not everyone is going to be the next Oprah. It’s not expected that everyone needs to be super altruistic. Your purpose in life is allowed to be providing for your family or living authentically. Those purposes are just as important!!!
So, start by asking yourself what success means to you, what makes you happy, and what you value most!
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Ways you can start finding your purpose
There are many ways you can start exploring what path you want to take in life. Finding your purpose can be done in different ways!
In this blog post, we are focusing on reflection (done via journal prompts).
You could also find purpose and decide what to do next by:
I loved Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. While the book is not necessarily about finding your purpose, it is about doing what you love and learning that you can do anything.
I personally found this book to be very motivating and helped me push myself into a new direction that I may not have tried otherwise!
Other books to try:
Trying new things
Sometimes the best way to figure out your path is to try different things!
If you have a few ideas of what you think you want to do with your life, give them a try but without much commitment.
Volunteer in the field you want to work in. Travel to a city you want to live in. Take a course before starting the whole program. Join a club with people doing the thing you want to do.
Sometimes trial and error is a good way to find out what you’re passionate about and what you really want!
Talk to people
Speaking to other people who have gone through the same thing as you can be super helpful.
You can get tips and tricks from someone who has “figured it out” already and ask them questions.
Coffee chats are also really popular in some workplaces as a way to get to know a company or field before applying for a job or to learn about a school/program before signing up.
21 journal prompts for finding your path in life
Reflection can be a very powerful practice. When you really sit down with yourself and your thoughts you can sort out a lot. Yes, it can be uncomfortable but no one can grow without a little discomfort!
So, without further ado, here are the journal prompts you should reflect on.
01 – what is most important to me? (Things, people, feelings, events, etc.)
02 – what am I good at?
03 – what do I enjoy doing?
04 – are there any similarities between things I’m good at and things I like to do? If so, what is it? If not, why?
05 – what do I want to be known for in 50 years?
06 – what does success mean to me?
07 – what does it mean to find my path? (What does this mean to you? What do you think of when you say “find your path”? Ex: I think of career and happiness)
08 – what is something I’m proud of? Why?
09 – what does my dream life look like?
10 – how do I feel about money?
11 – what would I do if money was not an object?
12 – when was the last time I felt fully engrossed in something? What was it?
13 – what is one world issue I feel passionate about?
14 – what is something unique about me? (Talents, knowledge, ideas, hobbies, etc)
15 – what did I want to be/ do when I was a kid?
16 – what does an ideal day look like for me?
17 – what would I tell my best friend if they were trying to find their purpose?
18 – list 10 things that interest me
19 – make a pros and cons list of 3 different path options (if you are stuck between options like going to school, staying at your current job, or applying got a different position at work create a pros and cons list)
20 – what is making me feel lost in life? What is missing right now?
21 – what is something I’d like to achieve one day?
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We are all just trying to find our ways in life. Some people seem to have more things figured out than others!
However, everyone can find their path in life! It starts with reflection and really sitting with yourself to figure out what you want.
Living your best life is possible!! I believe in you and I’m so excited for you to find your path and direction ♥️
Until next time,
100% not figured out and i am 42! My purpose and path is so intertwined with raising my children, I find it hard to get clear on what my path should be still. Thanks for this, it’s given me a lot to think about.
This is one of the hardest things for a lot of people to do, this is a very helpful article to help urge them into the right direction. Thank you so much for sharing 😊
It is hard for sure!! Thanks for reading 🙂
I love these journal prompts, they are so thought provoking and really help to establish thoughts and feelings around the topic!
Glad you liked them!!
I’m still trying to find my path in life and I love the post it’s just eye opening.
It takes time 🙂