6. Mission and Vision
Start with your mission - what are you called, compelled to do and accomplish, what does that mean in a clear concrete one to two paragraph description - write it our, and rehash until it resonates for you. Vision is that visual picture in your head of what your future looks like - this can be in the form of some type of concrete plan i.e. Life plan, business plan and don't forget that your purpose IS part of your vision.
Let's face it, we all need to have goals in order to plan and those plans need to be short term as well as long term including timelines and deadlines in order to get them accomplished and avoid slipping through the cracks.
8. Support and Community
It is especially important for women who are in a secular lifestyle and tend to be isolated to find meaningful relationships that encourage them on a regular basis. Look for place where you can get feedback, support, and suggestions from others who have a common connection and similar desire to fulfill their life purpose. Look for good listeners, people who respect you for you are, where you and what's best for you - not their own agenda that pushes you towards something you don't really want or need.
9. Saying No and Setting Limits
When you are clear about your purpose, then it becomes much easier to say no. No matter how "good" it sounds, how much validity it holds - if it doesn't further your purpose then the answer is No. Don't let those ceaseless requests pull you away from your goal and lose focus on where you find meaning.
Thoughts and plans are all well and good, but if they don't get into action, they aren't much good after all. So put those thoughts, plans, and skills into action! Identify the best place to start - typically with one small task that leads to another small task = success=more energy and motivation= more done. The snowball effect of getting the ball in motion will require less energy to move. Enjoy the ride!
11. Stay Motivated
Weekly encouragement, support and accountability have proven to be the best way to keep you energized and moving. Focus on what your purpose in and the meaning behind it will serve as a motivator itself and you can look at the past week to see just what you have accomplished. You may even want to keep a journal of all your successes and profound moments of life when you say "YES!, that is what my purpose is and I love my life!"
Call to Action Challenge:
- If you knew you were going to die in the next two years, how would you spend your remaining time?
- Identify the top 5 things that you need most to fulfill your life purpose?
Well, that's a lot to ask, a lot to think about, a lot to do
Don't feel bad if you still don't know exactly what your purpose is. Most of us don't find it in one foul swoop - life is always in motion. It takes a while, but the answers will come, it did for me and it will for you too. Once you discover it and define it for yourself, each day will be a new adventure with a new pair of glasses on that allow you to see more clearly what to do that will bring you greater joy, fulfillment and purpose.
For some, you may be asking, "How can I begin to answer these questions?" You may want to think about consulting a professional life coach, as this is the essence of what they do. A coach specializes in helping you identify what brings fulfillment and meaning to your life, develop personalized strategies that help make your dreams a reality.
Tressa is passionate about supporting women in reaching their fullest potential and finding more meaning and purpose in life. If you would like assistance in discovering this or any other aspect of your professional or personal life, she welcomes the opportunity to discuss creating a life you love.
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