Now you’re ready. I know you’ve always wanted to follow your path and live a freedom lifestyle, but don’t know to go about it.
And now you feel this is the right moment to take the action.
If that is you, you’ve clicked on the right link.
In this post, I will show you some pointers that will direct and ensure that you not only follow your path, but take charge of your life and make a difference in the live of others.
7 Things to know About Before You Start to Follow Your Path
1. Know Your Purpose
Let me put it in another way. What is your purpose in life?
Apart from the fact that God created you to serve Him, what other things do you think God created you for?
This is one of the most important questions that will give mean to your life.
The answer is never told to anyone nor written somewhere for you to see. It’s your job to find it.
If you don’t know how to go about it, here’s are five simplest questions you can start with.
- What’s my passion?
- What’s that thing that makes me forget to eat?
- What do I want to be remembered for?
- How can I help people with my passion?
- What is it do I like doing which could improve the live of others?
Take your time to answer those questions. You will need to study yourself more, if you haven’t been doing that.
Most importantly, ensure that you are with a pen and paper whenever you dedicate time to do this.
2. Think Outside the Crowd
Many people do things because other people are also doing the same thing.
This is not about others, it’s about you.
You should totally avoid the crowd, and if you found yourself there, it time to get out.
The crowd is always filled competition. However it’s a waste of time trying to standout through competition.
Standing out doesn’t mean stepping out. It’s just a way of being distinct among the crowd.
Don’t waste your energy, it cost you nothing to simply step out.
When you walk your own path, you can always double your rate without obstructions or crushing on other people.
You are enough to be your own competition.
Here is are two most important questions to ask yourself, before taking any action, to ensure that you are not following the crowd and if you been doing, will get you out immediately.
- Why am I doing this, for myself, or because it’s what other people are doing?
- Do I want to do this, or is it what people expected me to do?
In short, don’t do things because you have to; do things because you wanted to.
3. Education Never Ends in School
I could remember the day I wrote my final year paper, most of my mates where yelling:
“No more exams, no more reading, I’m free.”
They may be right in their own terms, but as far as you and I are concern, school ends, but education continues.
School only help put your feet on the right path, it’s your job to walk the path.
School will not teach you how to spend your life, nor tell you how to make the best decisions for your life.
You have to learn that for yourself. You must be receptive to learning.
Reading and listening are the two channels through which you can be informed. It could be books, courses, web contents, podcasts and so on.
Here are few quotes from exceptional people about learning that will motivate you.
“School is one thing, education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s always your job to get yourself an education.” – Austin Kleon
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die is a process of learning.” – J Krishnamurti
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” – Alvin Tofler
“Education – continuing education, continually honing and expanding the mind – is vital mental renewal,,, There is no better way to inform and expand your mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature” – Stephen Covey.
What’s that thing you’ve always been longing to learn or know?
Don’t you think now is the best time?
4. Take Total Responsibility
You are responsible for every of your actions and circumstances you found yourself. You have no one to blame.
I’ve always heard people complain about many things, one of them is the continuous increase in the rate of unemployment opportunity in the country.
It’s nobody’s fault if you couldn’t find a job. It’s as well nobody’s faulty that you are paid less than what you do.
It’s your fault if you do nothing to change it, because you have the power to make things right.
You are the master of your own destiny.
Blame has no power, it can do nothing.
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw
5. Think About Helping Other People
The mission is to save the world. Not that the world is about to crash or collapse.
The thing is, we all have a part to play to make the world a better place.
Doctors treat people. Farmers provide food. Environmental scientists take care of the environment. Technologists make life easy for a living. Teachers educate student.
Matins show people how to be exceptional and live a freedom lifestyle.
What about you?
6. The Road Is a Lonely One
Yes, it’s always lonely to follow your path because you have to walk it all by yourself.
You’ve detached yourself from the general norm, which is the right step. However you can’t expect other people to be happy with your action.
In fact they will start to see you like you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
They would laugh at you; think you’re crazy.
Hugh McLeod has said it better: ignore everybody.
Wait, did I said lonely?
Pardon me, you can meet and connect with other people who are also walking their own path.
You can always say hi to them, or perhaps have a few chat about your journey so far.
And don’t be surprised if they ended being your friend.
Yes, that’s possible with the help of the internet.
The truth is, the path is only lonely because you have to the work it all by yourself.
You might lose some of your friends. But you will also make more of new ones.
7. It’s Not an Overnight Success
The thing that always push people away from starting things, and which also make some start-ups meet with failure before they begun is; expecting success at the early stage.
Success takes time. It’s a little progress compounded overtime that yield big result.
As Earl Nightingale put, that “success is a progressive realization of a worthy ideal”.
It’s very hard to see result at first. It takes time. You first have to build a momentum.
It could take months, a year or more. That’s why you need serious dedication.
Here are few reminders to keep you moving.
- Don’t expect to see result early.
- Focus on marking your progress, not result. Because result will bore you when you don’t see any change.
- Forget about money, it is constant, and it will only come at the right time when you do the right thing.
- Have passion and be persistent in what you do, because that’s what will keep you going.
I hope you find this guide helpful, though I so know I might have missed some points. Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below.