You came into this lifetime with a Life Purpose. Are you living it? If you’re not, what’s stopping you? For most people, what stops them is not knowing. When you don’t know your Life Purpose, you tend to go through your days in a robot-like fashion…working really hard to make money to buy a home, cars, vacations, recreational toys, kids’ education, and so on. You diligently (or not so diligently) put money away for retirement fearing it’s never enough.
You dream of retirement…downsizing and cutting corners to save money out of fear that you’ll run out, and finally pursuing a hobby or job that you truly enjoy. You’re so busy going through the motions, that you don’t even consider WHY you’re here in the first place. But let’s get clear, YOU ARE HERE FOR A REASON. That reason is your Life’s Purpose. Do you know what yours is? Here’s what it’s not. Your Life Purpose is NOT:
Your Life’s Purpose is that “thing” that’s been (or still is) your biggest challenge. Within our greatest challenges, lies our Life’s Purpose. It is our greatest lesson that we must learn in order for us to teach others. The things I listed above are vehicles through which you LIVE your purpose.
When you attach your Life’s Purpose to your business, career and family role, you draw towards you people, opportunities and circumstances that support your Life’s Purpose. Life has a sense of ease and flow. Stress and worry dissolve away, replaced with pride, passion and fulfillment.
When you’re disconnected from your Life’s Purpose, you draw towards you people, opportunities and circumstances that support that disconnection. Life feels hard, like it’s always a struggle. Things don’t go your way and it’s all so unfair. You work hard every day, yet worry that you are never enough.
The first step is to KNOW your Life’s Purpose. The second step is to LIVE your Life’s Purpose. Are you up for the challenge? Comment below why or why not.
Like so many of us that grew up in the Midwest, I learned as a kid that life was going to be hard, I was barely going to get by financially, and I was hardly ever going to take a vacation. When I left home and went out on my own, that’s pretty much how I lived. I worked really hard at every job. In fact, I was very proud to be a hard worker and I wore it like a badge of honor.
Collectively, the Midwest considers its hard-working work ethic a prized possession. What could possibly be wrong with that? What could possibly be wrong with risking life and limb to get to and from work during snowstorms and blizzards, to show up for work with walking pnemonia, strep throat and/or the flu, to work despite feeling exhausted until your body finally shuts you down?
There is nothing wrong with working hard at times, like when you lose all track of time, forget to eat and don’t need to pee for hours. That's what happens when you’re in the flow and connected to Source, doing what you love and what brings you JOY.
But what does it mean when you work hard just for the sake of working hard? And looking down upon those who don’t seem to be working as hard as you? This is a sure sign that your sense of self-worth is tied to how hard you work. As kids, when we get mostly praised for how hard we work, it’s very likely we’ll tie our sense of worthiness to how hard we work.
The negative to this is that we have to work hard in order to feel good about ourselves. Even when tasks or projects can be easy, we’ll subconsciously make them hard. We’ll self-sabotage, refuse help and choose the most difficult options in order to feel good about how hard we work.
Then we blindly pass down this misguided sense of pride and purpose to generation after generation. We must start teaching ourselves and our children and grandchildren new lessons about self-worth and what it truly means to work with grace and ease.
Mary Jo Van Horn is on a mission to help BUSY people eliminate STRESS with the power of thought so they can manage their ENTIRE day without depending upon coffee, soda, sugar, comfort food, gossip or alcohol.