One of the books that I purchased many years ago before I left the military was  “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles.  I highly recommend it for anyone interested in making a career change or who is trying to figure out what they want to do next in life.

In this book there is a segment by Dr. Rich Feller the professor of counseling and career development at Colorado State University.

In this segment, Dr. Feller outlines that he keeps a constantly updated list of ten things that he wants to:

  1. Have
  2. Do
  3. Learn
  4. Give

This is a powerful exercise that you might want to try for yourself.

What do you want to have?

Having doesn’t just refer to superficial things and objects.  It refers to more intangible things like do you want to have better relationships, better health or a more fulfilling career?  Having these things written down and referring to them daily can make a huge difference in helping you to move closer to your goals.

What do you want to do?

Make these aspirations big!  Give yourself something to dream on, something that you can’t just finish in a day, but something that moves you out of your comfort zone and inspires you to perform to the best of your abilities.

What do you want to learn?

What do you want to learn?  Is is to learn a new language, a new job skill,  or how to cook a gourmet meal?  This can be a tough one to figure out but it is worth asking yourself and exploring.  Learning is a very important part of self-growth, and if something is not growing then it is probably dying.  Always try to find new things that you want to learn.

What do you want to give?

What do you have to offer the world?  What unique skills, what resources, what knowledge?  Find out and give it away without anticipating anything in return.  Always try to give back when possible and just give in general of your time, energy, and talents to make the world a better place.

Just these four little words can completely change your life.

Have, Do, Learn, and Give!

What do you want from life?

Go get it!

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