You wonder sometimes what your purpose is and if everyone can have some overriding purpose in life. If so, what is mine? This question pops up from time to time but then you just go about your way doing what you do to fill up your day. What could be blocking you? Where do you find purpose?
It’s not something you can find anywhere in the world. It can only be found inside you through soul searching and digging. It’s a combination of creating calmness and asking powerful questions. But you can’t seem to get your head wrapped around it, to even get to a calm place to think clearly and calmly.
It starts with disciplining your thoughts. By turning off the distractions or rising above them, you can gain control over how your mind responds to the world around you. Having more control of your inner world enables you to better shape it. “If you start building your inner world the way you want it to be, your outer world will start to become the inner world you design.” Livia Duguay
It starts with one thought at a time. What thoughts are serving you? What thoughts are hurting you? Thought detox starts with the awareness that you are having negative thoughts. Purpose can’t flow to you if you are gripped by negative thinking and feelings that are serving the ego. The ego believes there is a useful purpose in negative thoughts but true-self purpose can only surface inside an optimistic mindset that is ready to receive it, believe it, and fulfill it. This is a shifting from the ego to awareness.
It’s easier to criticize things in our lives than to be hopeful. So how does one replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts so you can bring your hidden purpose to light?
Have a Positive Conclusion By Asking The Right Questions:
You may need to first process all the good and bad thoughts that arise for a situation. But once you’ve gotten them all out so they are transparent, start asking yourself questions that will bring out a positive and accepting conclusion.
What is something that is going right or good about my current situation?
What opportunities do I have right now? What are things I can do that will help.
What is something I’m grateful for right now? If you can think of more than one even better.
How can I forgive or accept those involved in this situation?
2. Spend time with Positive People:
Lean on things that support a more optimistic perspective by spending time with positive minded people. Surround yourself around people who won’t tolerate negative talk. The emotions of the people we spend time with is contagious. If you spend time with optimistic people their view of the world will rub off on you. They will generally encourage you to see their point of view.
3. Make time for Positive Information:
Seek out content that inspires and uplifts you and reduce input like bad news that tends to focus on negativity. Read, listen and watch information that is written by positive people. There are many blogs, podcasts, videos and books that can motivate and encourage you to create habits that are serving you in positive ways. Think of positive content like vitamins for your spirit, mind and soul.
4. Start your Day with Gratitude and Self-Appreciation:
Gratitude – counteracts anything that is painful for us and rewires our brains from thinking “I don’t have enough and I am not enough.” To “I have a wonderful life and I am rich in what life provides me.” Think and/or write down 3 things you are grateful for daily. Do this either first thing in the morning or when you start feeling anxious or negative thoughts kicking in. It can be simple such as I’m thankful for my home, a nice cup of water, my warm bed at night, my opportunities today.
Self-Appreciation – Say I appreciate myself for…(those 4 words are important as it acknowledges your value). So I appreciate myself for… being a loving person, caring for people, doing my part at work, taking care of my health, etc.
Once you start using the power of positivity, you can unlock what is blocking you from knowing your purpose and start aligning with what fulfills you and gives you more meaning.
Julie Allen is a Dream Career and Life Coach in the Seattle area. She helps young professional and open minded individuals find meaning and purpose so they can live a more fulfilling life. Sign up for her free monthly Life tips at www.thestorymakers.net.
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