One of the things I have learned from Bronnie Ware’s book, “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying”, is that people thinking back about their lives often regretted working too much and expressing their feelings too little. The central theme was that people regretted not staying true to what matters most, being true to yourself.
Days turn into months and months turn into years, we often put off in life till many years later, things… important things, ideas, which evaporate into thin air, until years later when we wished we had done that very thing… now perhaps it’s too late?
So, how can we live live a life which is truly meaningful to us?, how can we peel back the layers of our own being to reveal our true selves?..
I’ve broken it down into 3 simple steps.
Step 1. Think about what you really want out of life.
This can be a challenge. According to research taken from the Federal center for Disease control, 40 percent of Americans have not determined a sense of purpose in their life. So, 40 percent of all people in the USA have no sense of purpose, apart from just living their life and “seeing how it goes”.
It’s probably a similar percentage in other countries too. This is why people tend to feel like they are drifting through life. Like a rudderless ship all at sea.
The most important thing is to know what YOU really want. To know your purpose. Of course your spouse, your family and friends will have plenty to say on this matter, but what really matters is what YOU think. In years to come it will be you in that hospital bed, “wondering where the time went “looking back…
“What did I really do with my life”?
So how can you know what REALLY Sparks your Fire?
Think about the things that you really like doing, what are you truly passionate about?.. It could be your family, your hobbies, your work (yes even work can be very fulfilling).. it’s whatever the very thing that “lights’ you up… that is your passion.
When you know the gifts within you, you then owe it to the world (and yourself) to share them. This is what gives people a sense of purpose, sharing their talent with others.
Here’s a quick back story about me. I have always loved finding an “edge”. Creating an “edge” has been a passion of mine, I have found an edge in several projects I have been involved in, including horse racing (yes I was a bookie) to now, full time Internet Marketer. But my greatest passion in life, is teaching others…
I get a terrific “buzz” from people watching my videos and getting an “edge” from my ideas… So, what can you do, that gives you a “bigger buzz”?… because 9 times out of ten, once you find this, you will also find your purpose…
Maybe you love training dogs, however your REAL passion could be teaching others to train dogs.. Maybe you love movies, but your passion is blogging, perhaps blogging about movies might ignite your fire.
Step 2. Ignore the negative voices within.
We both know they are in there. Those negative voices that tell us we can’t do something. Many of us operate from fear, we let fear take over and dictate out lives. Fear is an invisible force that keeps us small, stops us from moving forward and keeps many of us from achieving the goals that we so want to achieve.
Most things we fear, never actually happen. We fear making a video for the first time as we think people will laugh, or not find us interesting enough to watch. The opposite is usually true, people will admire you for taking that first step to overcome fear, and now you are driving straight through it.
People admire people who do things they THEMSELVES fear. This is something you should write down and remember. Most successful people in life got over their own fear to do things that others fear.
When you get over your own fears, you automatically tell the universe that you are ready for change, and that you are no longer fearful. The universe will then conspire to produce a result in line with the desired result, either positive or negative.
We outwardly create our own world by creating our own inner world first. The more negative your inner thoughts are, the more negative your outer world is. Believe this, or ignore it at your own peril, but it works.
Put down the negative voice within, see off negative friends and keep positivity coming into your eyes and ears, every day.
Step 3. Set Specific Goals.
Now it’s time to move ahead. We have determined your passion. We have rid ourselves of the negative voices within and the negative influences. We are now ready for your goals and your plan.
We need goals and we definitely need a plan.
Write down your goals on a piece of paper, yes I know it’s old fashioned but the very act of writing them down physically engraves them more solidly on the core of your brain. Now look through your goals and determine, “are these really your goals”?
Why would I ask you that?..
Here’s why. We often only write down “surface” goals, these tend to not be our real goals. Here’s what I mean.
If you ask someone at random what they are looking to get from their new home business, they might say something like $10,000 a month. Then if you asked them, “So, once you are making $10,000 a month, what then?..
They might answer something like, “well then I can retire my partner for work and we can travel the world together”
So you see, the real goal wasn’t the $10,000 a month, it was retiring that person’s partner and travelling the World. Knowing your TRUE goal often results in a different approach to the problem. Be specific. Know exactly what you want.
When you know exactly what you want, you are far more likely to achieve that goal, do you know why?
Because if you know exactly what you want. You can imagine exactly what it feels like to achieve it. You can taste it, you can smell it in your minds eye. If you don’t know what you REALLY want, it’s like throwing darts at a dartboard. You might hit it, or your might not. You might hit the bullseye, you might not.
FEEL it.. whatever you can truly imagine in your minds eye, you can bring to pass (I can’t remember exactly who it was who said that) bit it’s true…
Now, work on a plan to achieve your passion.
All leaders, no matter what industry they are in, feel an absolute sense of “certainty” right before they actually achieve anything…whether it’s earning a million dollars or getting on a stage in front of thousands of people. What ever it is, you imagine yourself doing it, feeling it, take action on achieving it, and then you bring it into reality.
I hope this post has helped you to dig down and find your passion. Somewhere within you is something amazing, it’s now your job to reach deep down and unleash it on the world…
Think about this..
Way off in the future, when you’re in that hospital bed and you’re old, your story will be different. Oh so different. It will be about that amazing life you lead, those hearts you won, those tears of joy you shed, those places you travelled to, those stories… so many stories..
Peace and prosperity always..
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