Generally on this blog, I cover topics related to business and startups. But in this post, let’s start from the beginning.

I think this routine may sound familiar. You wake up at 7 am and reach office by 9 am. You slog it out at office till 6 p.m or even late. This continues every day, week after week, month after month and you just get tired on this routine. You start thinking about quitting your job and starting something of your own. After all if you earn for your boss, why can’t you leverage the same skills to earn for yourself.

Your monthly salary may not be enough to fulfill your dreams – the perfect home, your dream car, the much awaited vacation and you feel that you can do so much better on your own. But before you quit your job, you should honestly evaluate yourself and your future. Let’s start.

First you need to believe that you can do anything you want if you put in efforts in the right direction. Different people have different aspirations –some want financial freedom while some want more family time. Regardless of what anyone wants, many people fail to reach their aspirations because they are not clear about their goals.

Take some time out to find what you exactly want from life. Though it may seem simplistic, most of us have no idea what our exact goal is. I promise that by the end of this exercise you will have a more clear view of your goals and aspirations. Grab a pen and paper and start this exercise:

FIND OUT WHAT YOU WANT:

Once you find out what you want, you can focus all your efforts on it. To know what you want, answer these questions. Take time to really think through the answers:

1. What makes you happy?
2. What three things in life do you really enjoy the most?
3. What would you do if money wasn’t a concern and never could be?
4. How would you spend your time if you could do anything you wanted?
5. What do you want to keep doing the rest of your life?
6. What are your obsessions?
7. What do you want to learn? To know? To be?
8. What else would be a part of your perfect life? List it all

Write down all the answers to the above questions, no matter how silly they seem to be. Trust me, everything that you list down will be important in your goal setting process. The paper where you list your answers should have all your desires and wishes.

Now that you have listed all the answers, go back and select 5 to 8 items that interest you the most. Now among these items, evaluate carefully and choose one thing that you think is really worthy of spending your time, energy and resource on. The thing that you believe will bring out the best in you.

You may wind up with something like “I want to be a model as I love fashion”. But if you are above a certain age or don’t fulfill the criteria of a modeling career, this is not a viable choice. So what can you do in such a scenario? You can do something related. Like starting a blog related to modeling and fashion or pursuing a career like Personal Stylist. They key is to identify your passion and find ways to make it work.

I would advise you to set aside some time for this exercise. Find out what you really want and how you can make it possible and make a living out of it.

Life is too short to be put on “hold”. Identify your goals, work towards it and start living your dream life starting now!