They always say, the key to life is to set goals, and while this statement has real leeway, it’s easier said than done. How are you supposed to know what goals to set if you don’t even know what you really want? Take a step further back, and you’ll come to realise you don’t know what you want because, most of the time, you don’t even know who you are as a person, let alone what your purpose is.
Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one's own character and feelings. Often life passes us by so fast that we don’t even have time to stop and take a good hard look at ourselves to truly understand our strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, emotions and motivations. What talents do you truly possess? How can you create value out of them? What areas do you lack in? How can you turn them into strengths? Or, if they bring no value, how can you avoid them by focussing on other areas? What motivates you to perform at your peak? What brings you the greatest joy in life? Can you build towards focussing more on that passion by incorporating your strengths? Do you have the belief that you can turn that passion into a lifestyle? If not, why? What can you do to give you that sense of belief? Finally, how can you build toward this passion and turn it into a lifestyle? All of these questions push you into the direction of being able to set valid goals to improve your life. So don’t start with goals, start with yourself.
Once you’ve developed a good sense of your why and set goals to achieve the life you want to lead, my recommendation would be to look for mentors who fit your desired lifestyle (or similar lifestyle) and start following the systems and routine that got them to that point. Studying the habits of highly successful individuals is crucial for your success. Why reinvent the wheel? Using proven methods makes it dramatically easier for you to implement into your life.
Don’t get caught up in trying to implement every nook and cranny at once. It takes time to build good habits, so start slow and let the snowball effect take place (i.e. you’ll implement more and more along the way). Eventually, you’ll become a wrecking ball of solid habits that will dramatically improve your life, and lead you to grow into the person you want to become.