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  • Justin Jacobs

How To Design Your Life: Build a Compass

Have you ever gone on a hike in unfamiliar territory or taken a boat out on the ocean for a day cruise? If so, then you know the importance of a compass. A compass is vitally important to tell you where you are going. But a compass only works if you know where you are - where you started - and where you want to go.

It is the same with Life Design. In order to set goals for yourself and design the life that is right for you, you need to know where you are right now.

And that leads to two potentially life-changing questions for you. 1. Do you understand why you work? and, 2. Does your work bring you joy? If your work doesn’t bring you joy, you are not alone. Less than 20% of Americans are in a job that gives them joy or fulfillment. That means 4 out of 5 of you reading this post may not enjoy your work!

If so, what are you doing about it?

Do you know where to start?

You must start by building your compass!

Step 1 - Spend some time thinking about Work. Answer the following questions and write down your answers on paper. The actual act of writing out these answers is important.

- What is work for? - Why do you work?

- What does work look like?

- Do you work for money, power, prestige, to take care of others?

- How does your work affect others, family, your community, and the world?

Step 2 - Spend some time thinking about Life. Answer the following questions and write down your answers on paper.

- Why am I here? - Why do I exist?

- What is my purpose on this planet?

- Do I believe in a higher power?

- Where do I fit into the equation?

- How am I supposed to interact with others?

Step 3 - Integration

Take your Work View and your Life View and see where things match up. Also, identify areas where there might be incongruities. Do you understand why you work and what you work for? Do you know why you're here and how you are supposed to live your life?

As you ponder these important questions, you will start to build a compass. Where these two views - Work and Life - align, you have a North Star, a compass, a guide to how you want to operate and interact with the world.

Step 4 - Using your Compass

Now that you have a better idea about where you are, you can use your compass to help you reach your goals. You can use your compass to steer you in the right direction.

Still having trouble figuring out your place in the world?

You're not alone.

Book a Discovery Call with me today and let's find your compass together.

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