How to know if you’re on the right track in life


Have you ever wondered if you were doing the right things in life? I definitely have and it’s kept me up at night on more than one occasion (and maybe even led to an argument or two with my wife).

Lots of people wonder about what to do in life and I have found that there is no single answer for this. It totally depends on you. The strengths you have; the interests you have; the emotional baggage you’re carrying around; your season in life; among many other things all impact what you need to do in life.

Are you focused on the right things?

I have come across some ideas though that have been really helpful. The first is the idea of essentialsim.  It’s an idea in Greg McKeown’s book “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.”  The basic idea is that you need to focus on doing less–but better!–things.  We all end up being pulled in a thousand directions and ultimately get nowhere in any of them.  He says, pick out only the essential things in life and ignore all the others.  Then pursue those essential things with all your might.  Here’s a video from Greg.

How do you know your goals are what you want?

My CrossFit coach has a podcast called Feed Me Fuel Me and it’s great.  In particular you get a great idea from the episode below: you need to test drive your life to see if you’re on the right track.  He goes into more detail in the episode below–check it out!

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What tips do you have for keeping yourself on the right track?  Comment below!

  • What a great question and the video touches on several important points beyond goals. The issue of saying “no” for example is key to assertiveness and setting healthy personal boundaries. Thanks for the insights and inspiration! 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Marquita! And thank you for stopping by.