How to Find Out What Brings You Joy
What pulls you from the comfort of your sheets each day?
Is it your job? Your family? School?
Maybe you’re tired of your job and it’s time for a change. The autopilot life can be tough to break.
Joy exists everywhere, much like gratitude and appreciation, but can require a bit of effort to discover (or rediscover for some of you).
The feeling of being stuck can prevent you from pursuing things you love; even those which make you the happiest. I’ve realized this is something that will continuously occur in life. No if’s and’s or buts. It’s out of our control.
You get one life. If you’re suffering, frustrated, or struggling to find joy, it’s time you invest in yourself for the betterment of your future.
Take Time to Reflect
Start with an honest reflection of your life. Evaluate the failures, successes, wins, losses, and the deeply personal details of who you are. If this is a bit much, try just 6 months, or a year.
Make a list of all of the things you are proud of, failed at, learned, and accomplished.
Understand what you love to do and the things that bring you the most joy. Maybe you always wanted to be an athlete, a writer, painter, on TV, a comedian, you get the point.
Find ways to explore your childhood passions with a childlike sense of curiosity. I loved video games as a kid but realized I no longer find the same fulfillment I did when I was young. Writing, reading, hiking, mountain biking, and music are only a few of the hobbies which bring joy to my life.
Evaluate your life and what fires you up! Do you want to write a book, travel to another country, learn another language, learn how to draw, practice an instrument?
What is it you desire to achieve or accomplish in your life?
What are a few of those things you could do today which would bring you the most joy? Don’t wait. Figure out 2–3 things you can do TODAY, at the latest tomorrow, to find joy in your life.
Then take action!
Time To Take Action
Don’t wait, don’t overthink it, and please, please do not complain and go take action. Life is a surplus of opportunity waiting to be discovered. As Jim Rohn says, “Doors of opportunity comes to those who continually knock”.
Don’t stop knocking. The ‘you’ which you haven’t met yet is waiting to be found. Go find him.
So many of us reflect on our lives and learn of what brings us the most joy only to fall short of ever taking the first step.
I struggle with this every day; I’m already fighting reasons why I shouldn’t publish this but I am anyway. Even if nobody likes, comments, or even reads it at all.
Try something new, if you’re struggling with ideas here are a few examples:
►Journaling, Writing, Blogging, Reading
►Yoga, Crossfit, Spin Class, Pilates, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Etc
►Programming, Web Design, Photography, Video Production
►Take a class; Acting, Dance, Film, Creative Writing, Programming, (Anything!)
The simple commitment to something you enjoy will bring you joy. Be proud of your commitment to self-improvement and FOLLOW THROUGH!
Find a way to volunteer for a cause you believe in, offer your services to a non-profit, or get involved in your community.
When you offer to help others with no expectations of payment or reward, magic happens. You take action in things you believe in with passion, excitement, and energy because otherwise, you wouldn’t do those things.
Indulge in service to others in a way which you do things with no expectations of anything in return.
There is no easier way to express joy, gratitude, and appreciation than the gesture to help others.
Ask around the office for volunteer opportunities. I’m sure a quick Google search of “volunteer opportunities near me” will provide ample results.
Find a cause you’re passionate about; a surfing charity, volunteer golf sponsor, offer advice in a field you are an expert in; anything along those lines.
Joy, much like love, comes from doing what you love and doing it with who you love most.
Meaningful connections with others engaged in the things you value most will make you happy.
Make the time for what you love. Give up some TV or other non-productive tasks for an investment in your personal joy.
Find a way to escape so deep into an activity so you achieve a “flow state”. Check out this TED talk on flow states. This is a deep state of focus achieved by athletes, authors, and many more. You become immersed in the moment without any thought towards any other aspect of life except what is happening right now.
What is your thing? What do you want to try or rediscover?
I write, meditate, practice yoga, mountain bike, hike, play golf, and spend time with loved ones to find my joy. How do you find yours?
Rediscover what brings you joy in life and enhances your life, you’ll be glad you did.