Living Your Life On Purpose
Sounds like a "no-brainer" doesn't it? Of course I'm living my life on purpose. Well, you would be surprised how many people I talk to have their lives governed by too many should's and ought to's. Living your life on purpose also means not putting up with:
- lack of goals
- lack of goal clarity
- not getting your needs met.
Why is living your life on purpose important? Doing so gives you energy, enthusiasm, and hope for the future. Living your life on purpose releases large amounts of personal achievement drive within you. This drive helps you to create a future of your own design.
Steps You Can Take In Living Your Life On Purpose
Create a personal and/or professional mission or vision statement to set your direction. Think big. What do you stand for? Where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? Unfortunately, most people aim at nothing, yet hit it with amazing accuracy.
Don't confuse goals with mission. While it is important to have goal clarity, mission and purpose are more compelling than goals. They represent the bigger picture. Having a mission brings out the best in you.
Take action! Then evaluate results, make adjustments, and take more action. Inaction only leads to more inaction. What keeps 99% of people from not achieving their full potential? Fear. Most people don't act because they are afraid of the consequences. The unknown can be a scary thing, but it is possible to work through it to minimize what is perceived as negative consequences.
Develop belief in yourself, your abilities, your goals, and in your purpose. Some of you will resist this next suggestion, but it works! Write out affirmations. Write them as if you have already achieved your goals or are already living in the way you described your ideal life to be. Carry them around and read them often.
Be open to expanding your belief boundaries. Stretch yourself.
Gain support of others. This may involve associating with others who believe in you or you emulating someone who you look up to or admire. This is the basis of Champions' Success Groups©.
In addition to gaining the support of others, seek to provide support for others.
What are you tolerating in your life and work? Identify and understand what is getting in your way and then go about eliminating or minimizing as many of them as possible. If need be, secure the support of a friend or coach to help you through the process.
Maximize and/or manage your energy. Exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep.
Do what gives you joy. Find what gives you joy and pleasure and make sure you're getting enough of it each day.
Balance. Are you living a well rounded life? One that is defined by you and no one else. Of course there are periods in our life that get lopsided and that's ok, as long as you are aware of it and make the appropriate plans and commitment to getting back into balance. Have a plan, map it out and monitor it. Make the necessary adjustments.
Discover what your needs are and get them met in a positive way. Needs are very powerful. They can't be ignored. They will get met one way or another!
Make space in your life for new opportunities, goals, ideas and activities. The universe hates a void. Eliminate clutter, clean up your office or clean out a closet. Make room for something new. Complete projects you've been procrastinating about. Having uncompleted projects hanging over you drains energy.
Always remember that life is much more about the journey than it is about the destination.
Good luck to you on your journey to success.