You want your life to matter. You want to live a satisfying, fulfilling, and purposeful life. This is not just a selfish desire. The feeling of a certain amount of significance in your life is healthy. It is good for your experience.
There is a healthy satisfaction that comes from contributing to the World around you. It is important to your physical and mental health. It can even make you live longer.
Think about your life as a beautiful sport. Viewing your life in this context will help you develop a clear plan and design real action steps for living a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
Every sport has a mission that it strives to accomplish. Sport teaches you an important lesson: your life is dramatically impacted by the people around you. A good mission in life is always about more than just you. Life is a shared experience.
There are people around you who will also believe in your mission. These people are your teammates. They connect with your values and share your priorities.
That is not to say that they believe in your mission as strongly as you do, but they play a role on your team. And they are happy to play that role because they also believe in your mission.
There are coaches, in sports and in your life. In one way or another, you are an apprentice of your parents, your professors, your boss, etc.
They coach you towards certain habits, they teach you how to approach problems in life, and they impact what you believe about the World. Much of what you believe and how you act is determined by these people.
You rarely take the time to actively determine if these people are a good fit with your mission in life. Imagine how much easier it would be to achieve your goals if you connected with mentors who could teach you how to develop expertise just like them.
People around you guide your behaviors in one way or another. How much easier would success be if the right people were guiding you.