Living On Purpose

If you have a desire that you are not able to fully and intentionally manifest, it may be that your purpose simply is not strong enough for you.

Living on purpose means knowing that you are on the right path despite all the obstacles and difficulties, or clearing away all the rubbish and doing what you want and trusting your inner voice.

Having a strong enough purpose, which inspires you beyond the setbacks you will inevitably receive in life, will significantly help you to achieve what you are trying to create.

So often I come across people who are so engaged in doing stuff in their lives, they have lost sight of why they are doing it any longer. They have lost their sense of purpose.

It is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security that always taking action is better than sitting still. Action is great if it is building in the context of your purpose. But just doing stuff so that you don’t have to deal with the frustration and pain of not getting what you want leads nowhere.

People often take actions they think they are ‘the right thing to do’, but rarely stop and ask themselves whether they are the right actions for themselves. In so doing they lose touch with their own purpose and start taking on someone else’s, or society’s purpose, and do not trust their own instincts. This can lead ultimately to lack of satisfaction, despair, and being stuck, because the results of taking actions in the direction of someone else’s purpose may not help you be at your best.

Our society model is that trying harder or pushing with more effort will get you unstuck. In most cases it won’t  – you just get tired out more quickly, and get more stuck. Instead, having a clear and inspiring purpose of your own enables you to go through barriers that have previously stopped you, and helps you deal with the inevitable setbacks that crop up along the way. Obstacles reduce in size or pale into insignificance.

Look for the purpose in whatever you are doing or considering taking on. Ask yourself ‘why would I want to do this?’ or ‘why would I consider putting myself through what looks like a big challenge?’ You are looking for something that really inspires you. If that is big and attractive enough, you will gain the commitment and take the actions that will provide you with a far greater chance of achieving what you want.

Then miracles can happen, and unexpected but highly desirable results start showing up.

This week, have some fun exploring your purpose. Several times a day, stop for a moment and ask yourself why you are doing whatever it is that you are engaged in. Things that you are enjoying may reveal your purpose to you, and things that you are not enjoying may show you where you are not living your purpose.

About theclaritycoach

Paul Stonehouse is an experienced coach, educator and speaker, and is completely committed to helping people perform at their best. His particular passion is helping people move forward when they are stuck, enabling them to live and work a in a way which is a confident expression of their true selves.
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