Question 3: Do you do certain activities because you think it’s what you have to do?

Yes, of course! I’m currently in a battle of talking myself in and out of giving away my cats. I just don’t know if I could face the staff at the pet shelter – after all, I promised to love them forever, right? But I don’t relish the thought of scooping litter boxes for the next 8 years until they croak. #firstworldproblems

My general life philosophy has included the belief that choices should be made daily, not just once where you set it and forget it. When I accept a job, or enter into a romantic relationship, or even consider my approach to parenting, I really want to believe that this is my philosophy and that I will hold myself accountable. I want to know that I wake up each morning and recommit to these choices. If I can’t, I probably need to make a change.

But there are always bills to pay and people to disappoint. I think it is a lifelong process to figure out how to balance what others want from me against what I want (if I can even figure that out!). And at different points in life, I think it is okay to have that balance look very different.

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Note: I’ve started a practice for the rest of 2016. Each day I will respond to a (hopefully) thought-provoking question about the development of a purpose-driven career and life. And I’ll attempt to respond in just about exactly 100 words. Brevity, clarity and honesty are the goals.

Comments are welcome here or join my “Making My Dreams Jealous” Facebook group to participate in the daily discussion.

This post was inspired by 100 Essential Questions That Will Change Your Career Path (for the Better)

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