Consistently living in your purpose and power is how you create more meaning and satisfaction in your life. The more consistently you are on purpose, the greater happiness and joy you feel even when things are not exactly where you want them to be. You create greater confidence, organization, work-life balance, time management, joy, focus, relaxation, clarity, and calm in your life when you live in your purpose and power. Here are six steps to help you get into the habit of living in your purpose and power.
1. Take An Honest Look At Exactly Where You Are
The first step to living in your purpose and power is to know exactly where you are now. Imagine your purpose in life is to get to a particular destination on the planet. I’ll use Hertford County, North Carolina as an example. The first step to knowing how to get there –even before asking “Where the heck is Hertford County?” is to ask yourself “Where am I right now?” Take a good honest objective look at your current circumstances. Note the good, bad and the indifferent. You might discover that you are already standing in Hertford County, North Carolina and didn’t even know it. While you assess, it’s critically important to do this in a judgment-free zone. This is not about mulling over your life’s shoulda, coulda, wouldas. It is what it is for whatever reason it is. Do what you can to give yourself permission to be forgiving and unimpressed. The more energy you put into blaming, or even congratulating yourself for being where you are, the less likely you are to move beyond this first step. Eyes forward.
2. Create A Specific Vision For Where You Want To Be
Now that you have assessed your current circumstances, allow your heart and mind to create a vision for that area of your life based to your unique life purpose. What would life look like in this area if you were living in your purpose and power? Be specific in describing this desired state. Using the destination example, how will you know that you are in Hertford County? What does it look, smell, feel, sound, and taste like to be in that place where you want to be? The more specific you are according to your purpose, the more inspiration you will have in the latter steps.
3. Figure Out Why It Matters
Ok, so you decided to take a trip to Hertford County. Why on earth do you care about getting there? Chances are, you have not already reached your vision and the road ahead is paved with shiny distractions, unexpected detours, and serious discouragement. If you understand why it matters, you will have the inspiration you need to pull more focus, energy and determination from your soul when you need it the most. Spend some time thinking about the very personal reasons that you want to live in your purpose and power. Ask yourself why it really matters to you. People around you may not understand why it matters. You may even question yourself. Your soul understands your reasons on a higher level. Trust your intuition.
4. Set Your Priorities
How do you decide where you spend your time energy? When different areas of your life are in direct competition for your attention, how do you choose what gets done? Chances are, if you are committed to live in your purpose and power, there will immediately be some things in your life that pop up to challenge that commitment. There will be tough choices to make about how you allocate your resources. You cannot remain in New York if you are serious about getting to Herford. That’s not to say you can’t ever go back to the Big Apple. Your focus and energy for the moment must center on accomplishing your priorities. Do what is most important first. If you do, you will find that life often makes interesting accommodations for the rest.
5. Take Immediate Action
The longer you delay taking action, the more likely you are to find highly rational reasons - lame excuses not to move. The longer you wait to take action, the more likely life will get in the way. Don’t wait! Put your priorities first and start right now. What is the first step you can take? Go do it now! If you don’t know what step to take first, ask yourself “What seems like the most logical thing for me to do next if I am making decisions based on my purpose and power?” If it scares you, makes your knees buckle, or gives you butterflies in your stomach, you have probably hit the right mark. Do it.
6. Lather Rinse Repeat
Lather: Notice what’s bubbling. Take time to celebrate your progress and accomplishments Rinse: Take the lessons learned from your progress and apply them to create a blank slate in the present moment free from condemnations and congratulations. Repeat: Go back to step one and begin these steps of forward motion again. There is always room in your life to live with more purpose and power!
Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ is the founder of www.soulpowercoach.com and the “Sort Out Your Life in 30 Seconds with Soul Power Challenge”. Using the basic tools for living with Soul Power, Adrienne shows creative thinkers like artists, engineers, and other problem solvers how to stop struggling with variations of self sabotage like pride, procrastination, disorganization, fear, resistance, and indecision. Many clients come to her seeking a more meaningful career. Her clients learn to embrace their unique life purpose and start taking consistent action on the big ideas they have about being of service to the world.
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