Align Your Goals With Your Life Purpose and Passions

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Blake Mycoskie, an American entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist, once said that if you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger – something that matters.

In the previous articles, we’ve seen how we all have a set of talents and passions that give us a hint as to what we’re supposed to do in life.

Once you’ve identified your passion and purpose, the next smartest step is to organize all your life around it. Everything you do should be aligned with your purpose. Every time an opportunity arises, you should compare it to your “Purpose Map”, and if it doesn’t match it, well you shouldn’t take it.

When you are “on purpose” and following your passion in everything you do –especially in a professional environment, everything you do feel like you’re on vacation, except you’re being paid for it!

Don’t get me wrong, you still have to do some work, sometimes it would be easy, and sometimes it will be hard, but it won’t feel like an effort to you, it would be like when you were a child and you were playing the afternoons away. Time will stop, and you’ll be enjoying every moment.

One more thing to add here; while going after your dreams, don’t aim for success, just do what you love, believe in it, and success will come to you naturally.

 

Talk again next week.
Cheers!

Let Your Greatest Joy be Your Guidance

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For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been covering the concept of Life Purpose, and some ways to discover and pursue it.

Another way that can help you identify your Purpose is to mentally review of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life. Take a moment in your day to grab a piece of paper and make a list of those moments when you felt really alive; those moments burned into your memory as the best times of your life… believe me, if they are like mine, it’s going to be an easy job.

Once you have that list made, look for a pattern there. What do all those things have in common?

In my case, it was when I was working with kids at summer camps, gathered at a bonfire telling stories; writing a compelling and inspiring novel, and so on.

Think about your Joy as the magnetic needle in your compass; it always tells you if you’re on or off course using your emotions as a way to communicate with you.

The way this works is pretty simple: when you’re currently feeling good (happy, pleased, enthusiastic, loving), no matter the reason; this feeling is the indicator that you are in alignment with your Self –your True You, so you are “on course”. And when you’re feeling bad (depressed, afraid, worried, intolerant) –again, no matter the reason, it’s an indicator that you’re out of alignment with your Purpose, so you are “off course”.

 

Your Emotional Guidance System

Here is a list of some 22 of our most commonly felt emotions, ordered in a scale from the lowest (fear) up to the highest (love/joy). The higher we’re on the scale, the more in alignment with our True Self, and with our Purpose.

Emotional Scale

1 . Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
2 . Passion
3 . Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4 . Positive Expectation/Belief
5 . Optimism
6 . Hopefulness
7 . Contentment
8 . Boredom
9 . Pessimism
10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
11. Overwhelment
12. Disappointment
13. Doubt
14. Worry
15. Blame
16. Discouragement
17. Anger
18. Revenge
19. Hatred/Rage
20. Jealousy
21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

This scale not only tells you your level of alignment so that you actually know where you are… it also serves you as a guide so, once you’ve identified your current emotional state, you can climb up the scale, step by step, all the way up to a higher –and more attuned, alignment with your Life Purpose.

You’ll be yet one more step closer!

 

Talk next week.
Cheers!

Your Purpose is Found where your Passion is

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Continuing with these series of blogs about finding your Purpose, today I’d like to take to a vision of your ideal life.
Let’s say that your life is perfect right now; what would it look like? What kind of daily activities do you perform? Where would you live? Would you have a family? What would you do for fun?

By continually asking yourself those kinds of questions, you’ll trigger your subconscious mind to help you make it a reality.

There is an exercise created by Chris and Janet Attwood, called the Passion Test. In it, you have to fill in the blank with action words for 15 sentences which start with: “My life is ideal when I am …………”

These are some examples of how your sentences would look like when you finished them:

  • My life is ideal when I am: empowering people to live a higher version of them.
  • My life is ideal when I am: writing novels and stories that inspire and motivate people.
  • My life is ideal when I am: meditating, exercising and enjoying nature.

 

Go through your 15 statements, and then see if you can recognize your top 5; those that really define and deeply engage you.
You do this, and you’d have found a large piece of your Passion puzzle!

You have defined to some extent what your Passion is, and how your ideal life looks like. Now it’s time to compare.
Take a look at your current life; are you living those passion statements? If so, how can you enhance them even more?
If not, well… you’re going to need an action plan to turn those dreams into reality.

Nevertheless, you are already on the right track!
So far, you have clarified your personal qualities and came up with a Purpose Statement. You started learning how to follow your inner guidance by deciding what you want your destination to be.
Now, by having identified your Passion, you’ve found the power source that would fuel the remaining of your quest.
Next week we’ll dig a little into your past and look for your greatest experiences of joy.

Enjoy!

Follow Your Heart, Your Inner Guidance System

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When your heart and your mind works in harmony, they act as your inner guidance system; a system you can use to go from wherever you might be now, to where you want to be. It works pretty much like a GPS device.

 

Defining Points A and B

First you need to state your current position; that is, your actual situation in life, your Point A.
No matter what it is, you need to clarify your vision and be very specific.
Then, you have to define your destination, your Point B.
Think about all the aspects of your life you need to work on or want to improve even more…
What would they be if they were just the way you wanted them?

One way to “input” this destination is by making a list to describe each one of them in detail; you can also try goal setting; affirmations, or visualization.

Do not restrain yourself and your dreams based on your current beliefs of what is and what is not possible. There are no limits here.

Once you have your Points A and B, just as with a GPS device, your inner guidance system will take care to get you to your destination by itself; giving you constant signals to let you know if you are on course or off course.

 

Start Taking Action

And by action, I mean an actual deed or a thought, even emotions are actions; “causes” that you’re setting into motion which, eventually, will have a reaction from the world around you.

Whenever you’re expressing a preference for something (whether you verbalize it, or think of it), you’re expressing an intention which reinforces or changes your set destination.
Whenever you’re having contradicting thoughts or actions due to your negative beliefs, you’re delaying or changing your results, your destination, into something you really don’t want.

Let’s say you’re ordering pizza for dinner; you call and order two specials, and they say they’d be at your door it in 30 minutes.
10 minutes later, you call back and say: “you know what? Never mind the specials… thanks anyway”.
Then again, you call back and say: “on second thought, send the specials…“, and so on, and on.

You need to stay focused on the positive results you expect to find when you achieve your goals.
Your inner guidance will tell you in the form of positive or negative emotions, whether you’re on or off course. If you’re feeling bad in any way, then you know you are moving away from your goals; but if instead you’re feeling well or even great, then you would know; you’ve got the wind at your back, sailing straight to the life of your dreams.

Always follow your heart, and you will be right every time.

 

See you again next week!