Why You Feel Lost in Life

Why You Feel Lost in Life

Introduction (00:00:00)

  • Feeling lost in life can be due to not knowing where you're going, where you are, or the path to get from A to B.
  • Clarity and reorientation are moving targets that change over time.
  • The point is not to have your entire life mapped out but to engage in "wayfinding" - figuring out where to go even without a clear destination.
  • This video series will cover methods for determining your direction, reflecting on the past, and converting insights into a tangible plan.

How Can You Serve The World (00:02:45)

  • Brainstorm what service you would like to offer the world.
  • Consider the "Future Ted Talk Prompt": Imagine giving an inspiring TED Talk 20 years from now. What would you be talking about?
  • Service does not have to be world-changing; it can be about meaningful connections, parenting, teaching, etc.
  • The "Talent Service Prompt": If you had unlimited money and time, how would you use your talents to serve others?
  • The "Funeral Prompt": Imagine someone speaking at your funeral about the impact of your work. What would you want them to say?
  • Write down your answers to these prompts. Writing helps you process complex thoughts and ideas.

Reduce the Effect of Fear (00:09:11)

  • Fear limits thinking and encourages sticking within the boundaries of what is known or expected.
  • Fearless dream prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • What would you do even if you knew you would fail: Helps identify what resonates personally in terms of the process rather than just the outcome.
  • Deferred dream prompt: What's a dream you've always had but never pursued? Why is it a dream, and what's stopping you?

Envision Your Dream Life (00:12:23)

  • Ideal Tuesday prompt: Imagine your perfect Tuesday a year from now. What are you doing, who are you with, and how are you spending your time?
  • Ideal week method: Create a Google Calendar called "Ideal Week" and block out what your dream week looks like, including waking hours, work, social activities, and family time.
  • Future Self prompt: Imagine you've achieved everything you've ever wanted. How have you changed as a person, and what qualities and achievements define this future version of yourself?

Using Other People (00:14:15)

  • We can gain insights into what we want by looking at role models and the qualities we admire in others.
  • Who are the people you most admire and why: Identify the qualities you admire in others and consider how you might emulate them.
  • If you were to become an amalgamation of three to five people: Imagine combining the traits of several people you admire. What would that person be like, and what qualities would you want to emulate?

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