Now and then, we get to a point in our lives where it feels like everything is changing, but, at the same time, nothing is happening. We can feel directionless, purposeless, or even just plain confused. There are a million different ways to say what you want, but sometimes it takes figuring out what you want and all the details surrounding it and all the alternatives to really get yourself back on track and figure out what comes next. One way to do that is writing. 


We don't mean writing just anything. Though, various types of journaling can help you express emotions and thoughts that you might not otherwise. What we're talking about is a simple exercise that will help you redirect and refocus no matter where you are or what is going on in your life. 

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Here's How:

First, you're going to need something to write with. Whether you use a pencil or a pen, a scrap piece of paper or the journal you take with you everywhere, it doesn't matter. What you do with this after is up to you. You are going to write three things; what you are doing now, what you want to do, and what you don't want to happen. The more detailed you are the better. These descriptions of your present and future might seem simple, but they paint a bigger picture. 

After you are done, look back at what you have written and look for some key things. What motivates you? What do you think holds you back? You will probably notice themes in your answers. You might also notice that maybe what you are doing now does not line up with that you want to do in the future. Taking a close look at your answers can direct you to where you want to be simply by realizing you aren't working toward your goals in the way that you want to. 

Now, what? Take what you've written and apply it! Change what you are doing now if it is leading you to what you don't want. Reshape your goals if what you want has changed! The important thing is understanding yourself better and moving forward.