When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s, many of us had resolutions on our minds. Maybe your goal was to be more financially responsible, maybe it was to spend more time with family, or maybe it was to pursue a new career. Whether it be positive or negative, there is no doubt the quarantine has had an effect on everyone.
However, the quarantine did give us time to pause and reflect. Life has slowed down. With half the year behind, now is a good time to look back at your personal life, professional career, and overall lifelong goals.
Regardless of your age or stage in life, there are always internal questions you can ask yourself. Only you can find the answers to these questions. The quarantine has given us all the opportunity to sit down and reflect. What were you doing before the pandemic? How do you intend to continue going forward? Are there any changes you can make today that will move you closer to your goals?
Here are some questions you could ask yourself when pursuing your goals or lifelong dreams. Remember there are no right or wrong answers, and no judgement. We all have different paths to take; only you can find the answers that work best for yourself.
- What gives you a sense of joy or fulfillment? (e.g. travelling, sports, spending time with friends or family, hobbies, games, etc.)
- How often do you get around to doing these activities that bring you joy?
- What was your family like growing up? Did you enjoy your family structure? And how are you growing your family now?
- What motivates you to jump out of bed and face the world everyday?
- What else is precious to you?
- What kind of person you would like to be, independently of your current situation?
- What do you want people to know you as?
- What would you do to feel fulfilled?
- How do you take steps towards your lifelong dreams?
If you are still in the workforce, or heading into the workforce?
- Do you love your current job? Would you be happy to retire in this occupation and feel you have had a satisfied career?
- If you aren’t happy/satisfied with your current job, is it because it is not a career but a job that provides you with income? When is it time to switch career paths?
- Do you have any other passions you wish to pursue? What is stopping you? Is it guilt or lack of confidence?
- Would you feel happier and full of energy if you worked in a different field?
- What steps can you take in order to start a new career? When will you start taking those steps?