Here is an exercise that is interesting. Go back to a pivotal time in your life, preferably where you were free to make your own decisions. Then for every year since that time, write a sentence that describes the your most significant accomishment of that year. What does that look like?
Here is what is really revealing. How many years do you struggle even coming up with something? Can you even remember that year?
This exercise is not intended to make us feel bad, it is intended to inspire us to really consider the next 365 days. If you were to live another 5, 10, 15, 20, 50 years what would be the major accomplishment of each of those years?
If you are just starting out, think of life in these terms. What is going to be my significant accomplishment each year that I spend on this planet.
May this be our motto, no more lost years!