Life can full. Full of crap, full of distractions, full of responsibilities, just plain full. Sometimes I consume so much life that my spirit starts busting at the seams. I lose focus and get off purpose. The daily grind of your job, especially when it is not linked directly to your purpose, can drain the living life out of you. We must fight this. Life is more than working a job and paying bills.
Living life off purpose opens the door to more stress. Often stress can be a helpful tool to keep you on your toes. Chronic stress, however, is a killer. Brainfit.com states that “90% of doctors’ visits are for stress-related health complaints.” Furthermore, the site claims that “chronic stress makes you more vulnerable to everything from cancer to the common cold.” This is another great reason to find more purpose in your daily life.
In those moments where I can feel myself slipping into the darkness of purposeless routine I take these five steps to get me back on track:
- BE STILL– I cannot find my purpose with the noise of life rattling in my head. I dedicate a day, time and place to simply sit. There is no agenda, just stillness. During this time I meditate and sometimes I pray. I allow myself to connect with God and actively listen for guidance.
- ASK MYSELF IMPORTANT QUESTIONS– In the stillness I can reach a deeper level of self by asking important questions. I ask “what am I passionate about?” “What keeps showing up in my life?” “What are my natural gifts?” I often find my true purpose hidden in the answers to these questions.
- ALLOW YOUR GIFTS TO MAKE ROOM FOR YOU– Meaning, now that I’m still and clear about my passions, acknowledge unconventional opportunities to practice my gifts. As a result of focusing on my gifts opportunities to express them often appear. The key is remaining open to the unexpected and just go with it.
- IF YOU HAVE FAITH, USE IT– While I am aware of how to live on purpose I occasionally make decisions that reroute me off the path. Decisions like giving up on a dream because money is tight or stressing over a situation that’s out of my control. At some point I must realize that if I am living on purpose and doing the work needed to stay on purpose everything will work out. I remind myself of this daily.
- REMAIN GUILT FREE– Guilt is a terrible waste of energy, especially when it can be avoided. It’s hard to push purpose with a weight around your spirit. I know what I need to let go, you do too. Having a guilt free vessel can push you further into your purpose.
I hope my list is helpful. If you have a list of activities that keep your life purposeful please share them with me in the comments section below.