If you’re finding success a bit of a struggle, maybe you need to find your life’s purpose to lift you above the pack and change your mindset from struggle to success. Living life on purpose changes everything.
Maybe you’re working hard to achieve your dream life. Perhaps you’re an entrepreneur, or aiming for promotion, or trying to get your business off the ground.
Finding your purpose is like finding a magic key to help you align everything you do and focus on getting to your best life now. Here are some action steps to help set you in the right direction.
Focus on Looking Within
Too many people look to others for the answers. Too many people follow a path that’s not their path. Only you can know what your dream life looks like. The answer to your life’s purpose lies deep within you. All you have to do is tune into it. Journaling can be a helpful tool to allow your subconscious to speak your truth. Or meditation, or brainstorming. The important thing is that you look into your own heart.
Trust Your Intuition at All Times
Learning to trust that inner voice that tells you that the conventional way of doing things isn’t right for you. Whether it’s a college degree or a selling technique: if it doesn’t feel right, you don’t have to do it! Find your own way of living your life, and you’ll be much more likely to feel content and to be successful.
Make Friends with Fear
Many people choose to live safe, conventional lives, too afraid to do things differently or to take a chance. It’s ok to be scared of the unknown. You can choose to face your fears and to lean in to meet challenges head-on.
Fear is in all of us. It is a primal emotion and instinct that has allowed all creatures to survive for thousands of years by escaping danger. However, in today’s world we often experience fear that comes from no real threat. Really, what is the risk in someone disagreeing with you? What is the danger of being wrong? Fear, when manifested, can lead to many other emotions and physical symptoms that can stop you from living the life you want. If there is no real danger (i.e., death or bodily injury), then go for it.
Deciding to live your own life according to your values and your passion means being able to look fear in the face and step right out of your comfort zone.
Don’t Be Bound by Your To-do List… Do This Instead
It’s easy to become a slave to the never-ending checklist of things you need to do before you can live your purpose. You only get one shot at life, so you may as well live life on purpose.
Have a look at your current list of tasks. How many of them will move you closer to living your best life? How many can you just scrub out or delegate to someone else? I have a mile-long To-Do list; each evening, I transfer no more than four items over to my schedule, and this is the secret to great productivity!
Realize that You Already Have What You Need
Maybe the most important thing to know that you don’t need expensive courses or workshops, or the right suit or car. You already have everything you need to start living your life’s purpose. It’s all within you. What really matters is what you do with it. And today is the best time to start!
How to Get Started Fulfilling Your Purpose
Does finding your life purpose sound a bit scary and overwhelming? Do you not even know where to start? Maybe it’s easier to stay where you are, play safe, stay small. But there’s still that nagging feeling in the back of your mind. You could be doing something meaningful. You could be living your best life. But how to get started?
Here are some steps to gently start your journey to living a more authentic life. Just remember to be kind to yourself and take baby steps…
What are you scared of?
The first step is to have a good look at what scares you about finding your life purpose. Does it feel risky? Do you feel vulnerable? What if you fail? What if people laugh at you. If it’s any comfort, these are thoughts and worries that afflict everyone. Don’t worry; you’re not alone.
Start by writing down everything that comes into your head at the thought of finding your life purpose. Don’t filter or critique. Just write what you think. You can use the prompt ‘If I consciously live my purpose, I’m afraid that…’ and see how you go.
Now, take a deep breath and respond to a second question “What do the scared parts of me need, to feel supported?”
Give yourself permission to change
Everything in nature changes and grows. It is not normal to stay in the same state or position for a lifetime whether you’re an acorn, a puppy or a person. Embrace the potential of change and personal growth.
Giving yourself permission to change and grow opens you up to limitless possibilities. By saying yes to change, you are giving the Universe permission to give you opportunities you may never have dared dream of receiving. Say yes and see what happens.
Don’t be afraid to be your unique self
No one in the history of the world has ever been like you. You have your own set of talents, skills, passions, and experiences. Only you can make your contribution to the world.
So, stop trying to fit in and be like everyone else in the herd. Stop comparing yourself to others and anticipating their judgment of you. The only thing that should give you pause is the thought of wasting all your talent by not shining your light. If you feel bashful about striking out on your path, remember no one else can be your best you.
Stop Worrying About What Others Think of You and Live Your Authentic Life
Have you ever wanted to try something, to do something, to be a certain way? Did you follow through with those desires? Or did you stop dead in your tracks out of fear of what others would think? If you said yes, keep reading to find your way out of the pigeonhole you are in and live the life you want.
In my case, I wanted to become a writer. But I didn’t write. I allowed so many things to stop me. It wasn’t until I turned 50 and started my online business that I made the conscious decision to write… every single day. My results are nothing short of amazing, as I have now published almost four thousand blog posts, hundreds of short reports, and more than twenty-five full-length books. This is what my friend and colleague Suzanne Lieurance had to say on this topic recently…
What’s More Important Than Writing?
Since I’m a freelance writer, an author, and a writing coach, people are always asking me, “What is the one thing I should do to become a better writer?” Well, the answer should be obvious. You need to write. But, even more importantly, you must learn to rewrite.
Ernest Hemingway said, “The only kind of writing is rewriting.”
But I find that most people who want to write something don’t spend enough time on the rewriting, and it usually shows in their work. Today, look at something you are writing. How many times have you revised it, polished it, tried to make it better? Don’t stop with the 1st, 2nd, or even the 3rd draft.
Keep revising until you make the piece the very best it can be. Try it!
There is great wisdom here, and Suzanne knows that I now love the rewriting process even more than the original writing I begin with each day. It’s part of my “living life on purpose” strategy.
My Favorite Phrase… “So What?”
Or “What if”? “What if she doesn’t like me?” “What if they think my business idea is stupid?” So what? That is only one person. That is one board of directors. What if she has had a crush on you this whole time? What if they think your idea is brilliant? Continually fearing the “what ifs” in life is exhausting. Move past those “what ifs” with a “so what.” This is the premise of living your life on purpose, in a nutshell.
During the years I worked as a classroom teacher, I taught the kids to say this as a response to many things others said to them. If someone said they didn’t like the shoes they were wearing, for example, the appropriate response could be “so what.”
Live Through Rejection
Rejection happens, and it hurts. However, with every rejection comes a lesson. Maybe that lesson is what you need to do better next time. Or, it may be that the person who rejected you has no idea what they are talking about. To succeed and prosper, you must live through rejection. Just know that not every rejection is a poor reflection of you.
Do It Wrong
Do you live in fear of being wrong or messing something up? Don’t. No one can be right or perfect or on point all the time. Stop questioning every decision you make, every emotion you feel, or every action you take. Simply enjoy it, do what feels right, and keep going.
Be YOU as You’re Living Life on Purpose
Be you. Be you unapologetically. Be you and feel no guilt. Dr. Seuss once said, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Living in a constant state of worry about what others think about you is exhausting. It will also impede you living your best life, your authentic life every time. Learn to embrace yourself, your mistakes, the rejections, and the lessons, and live your life for you by living life on purpose.
I’m author, publisher, and entrepreneur Connie Ragen Green and would love to connect with you. If you are new to the world of online entrepreneurship please check out my comprehensive training on how to set up Funnels That Click and learn how to gain an unfair advantage when it comes to building a lucrative online business.