Life can gods-purpose-for-your-lifefull. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

11 Comments on 5 Steps For Living On Purpose

  1. LaNeshe
    December 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM (7 months ago)

    Great list.

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  2. Laura
    December 16, 2016 at 9:06 PM (7 months ago)

    These are really inspiring. I love how truthful they are. Doing all of these things allow us to redirect ourselves back onto our true path.

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    • Tiffany Bacon
      December 16, 2016 at 9:25 PM (7 months ago)

      Thanks so much for your comment Laura!

      Reply
  3. Pamela Arsena
    December 16, 2016 at 9:41 PM (7 months ago)

    Taking the time to be still is important as it gives us a quick reset. Very well written and great advice indeed.

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  4. Lauren
    December 16, 2016 at 11:14 PM (7 months ago)

    reminding guilt free is so important, and the one I struggle with the most!

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    • Tiffany Bacon
      December 17, 2016 at 5:08 AM (7 months ago)

      Yes, I struggle with that one too. Thanks for your comment!

      Reply
  5. Laura Rike
    December 17, 2016 at 2:07 AM (7 months ago)

    I love the thought of me being able to ask myself some questions. That would be awesome!

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  6. Jessica Sheppard
    December 17, 2016 at 5:04 AM (7 months ago)

    Oh my! Such an encouraging post! Find your passion and it will lead to your purpose. Soooo good. Great reminder to use your faith muscle, thanks for the inspo!

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    • Tiffany Bacon
      December 17, 2016 at 5:07 AM (7 months ago)

      Thanks so much for the compliment! Please visit our blog any time.

      Reply

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