What do you really want to do with your life? As enormous as this question is, it's one we ask ourselves a lot. Don't get overwhelmed thinking about the future. Your calling is calling to you now! Here's how to hear it.
Find out what you want to do today
Ignore the future for a second and think about the present. When do you feel most enthusiastic? When does time fly? Noticing when you feel "on" (fully engaged, in the moment, and excited) is key to finding "what you want to be when you grow up." Ask yourself what you want to do today, and investigate it. Say yes to the odd opportunities that peak your interest. Exposing yourself to things that intrigue you, rather than things you think are "a good idea", will steer you in the right direction. Keep following your intrigue even if you feel it's a total deviation from your path. There are no mistakes, only learning experiences.
Failure is important
If you want to be bold and creative, you can't be afraid of making mistakes. Arianna huffington, co-founder and editor in chief off the Huffington Post is a big believer framing failure as a stepping stone to success. When you think about it that way, it changes what you're willing to do, how you're willing to create, and the risks you're willing to take. Make sure you're as bold and creative in the small steps as you want to be when you achieve your end goal.
If you think you can't write or make films all day because it's impractical or too far fetched an idea, change your thinking. Michelangelo said "the great danger for most of us lies not in setting out aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." What would you strive for if you knew you could do no wrong? Don't limit your dreams with fear of failure or judgement. When you dream, look into the future with love, not fear. You totally can have it all.
Listen to the calls to action
If the niggling desires you feel within become too hard to ignore – you can't stop thinking about them, you can't imagine going another week without putting a plan in action – listen to them! Don't try to deny them and convince yourself that your job / life / career path is ok as it is, just because you don't want to mess up your life by taking a possibly stupid risk. If you've got an idea circling around in your head relentlessly, it's there for a reason. Don't try to stifle it and bring your dreams down to your reality. Bring your reality up to the level of your dreams. Be true to yourself!