We all go through periods in which we wish we were doing something else. It might hit us after a particularly difficult day at work, after a bout of bad weather, or during one of life’s milestones.
Decade birthdays are a good example, with the numbers forty and fifty bringing especially critical scrutiny to what we’ve done with our lives. Regardless of when or how it happens, the question is always the same:
Am I spending my life in a way that is rewarding and satisfying to me, or is there something better?
The measure of a life well-lived is not only different for different people but also changes as we get older. For some, being a great spouse and parent is the perfect life choice. Others may decide to seek success in business, the arts, or politics. And for a few, life’s joys and satisfaction will only be found in the solitude of nature.
In general, living the right life should bring a sense of peace — the feeling you are living your life in a way that is most appropriate and just right for you.
Time for a change?
Feelings of stagnation, anxiety, and general dissatisfaction with life can be an indication that something needs to change. Here are five suggestions for when it’s time to take a close, personal look.
1. Determine if you need a change or just a life tune-up.
Set aside a half-hour to review your situation, and do it every day for a week. Give the task the same degree of priority as you would a doctor’s appointment. (Your health = your life. Get the connection?)
Make two lists. On the first, write down everything that happened in the last 24 hours that made you depressed, anxious, or disappointed. On the second, list the activities and interactions that gave you a boost in mindset and attitude.
The goal is to determine the positive things already present in your life (and you want more of), and which people…