Last week I talked about discovering your passion as a first step to finding your life purpose. This week, I want to lay some groundwork about WHY finding and igniting your purpose can be so life-altering. Not to mention, this may explain this global “purpose movement”.
You might feel that holding down a job, getting ahead and taking care of your family is enough, without worrying about your life’s purpose. But taking the time to work out your calling in life is not a luxury or escapism, it is important for helping you live a more meaningful and successful life.
Think about it. What do you want? Chances are you don’t want to be doing the same thing, facing the same issues, in twenty years’ time, right? Humans are hard-wired to find purpose in what they’re doing. They look for fulfillment in their lives. And finding your life purpose can help you define and achieve your life goals. Here are some good reasons to do the work and...
Are you trying to find your passion in life? Your reason for getting out of bed every morning?
If so, you are not alone, many people are attempting to discover their passion every day.
In fact, it’s become so important that I'm going to be digging into your passions and how to use them to live with purpose for the next couple weeks.
You see, on May 11-13, 2021, there is a conference happening called The Purpose Summit. I am very excited for this summit for several reasons, but I’ll get to that later and in future posts.
Back to discovering your passion!
I think people believe the adage “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” After all, the allure of never working a day in your life is hard to ignore! Of course, nothing is ever that simple, but the core of the adage is that you need to love what you do.
And that love has to be so soul-filling that it sustains you when things aren’t going so well....
Alright, so last week I literally talked about how to have fun with all those physical Spring Cleaning chores around the home and office.
This week, I’m encouraging you to use all that spring optimism, hope, and refreshed energy to Spring Clean your mind.
While it’s amusing to think about your family members gathering around you with mops in their hands, ready to tackle the cobwebs in your brain, I actually advise against it. Irreparable damage might ensue with mops near your head! What I’m talking about is probably a more solitary activity or best done with a good friend and an adult beverage. Maybe a baseball bat, too, but we’ll get to that.
It's time to turn our attention to keeping a clear and happy mindset.
If you find that you're having trouble dealing with life's stresses and you need to sort out your thoughts, it will benefit you to use some of your spring-cleaning time on yourself!
Try some of the following tips to reorganize...
Spring is in the air. April Fool’s Day is in the cross hairs now, and that means two things.
First, we want to DO things! We want to spring clean the house, and clean up the garden for planting, and exercise more because we can get outside more. Or at least that’s MY list!
Second, we want to have some fun doing it, too! The renewal, hope, and optimism of spring can certainly get tarnished quickly if we make a long list of things we want to do and then look at the three hundred and eighty-three things we came up with!
The answer is to sprinkle a little fun into all the things we want to, have to, or should do at home and at work.
I’m not going to lie, certain chores around the house are boring no matter how you look at them. Others, however, can actually be fun. With some creative thinking, you can enjoy yourself while you're being productive. Just keep an open mind as you search for creative ideas.
Here are nine ways to have fun being...
You know me: I love me some good brain science! Understand how the brain works and what comes with the “human package," and we unlock the secrets to creating the results we want in our life! Right?!?
While that statement is true, it’s not an easy task at all. Neuroscience is making new discoveries every day. My favorite brain doctor is Dr. Daniel Amen and I follow him on Instagram because he puts out such good brain information!
On top of evolving information, we are just plain busy, and improving things requires introspection, which requires some quiet time. How many of us get enough quiet time for personal reflection?
Here's a good place to start: in order to be efficient in this world, our brains make us creatures of habit. The more things that we can put on auto-pilot, the less energy our brains use to maintain the status quo. If you are alive and breathing, your brain is happy and wants to maintain that status.
How about this...
I know this couple that seems to have the perfect life. They have a beautiful home, another in Florida on the ocean, three grown boys, and they travel extensively to beautiful places.
Following them on Facebook, I often find myself wishing that I could quarantine on the ocean in Florida, or that I could be jetting to Iceland like they are posting.
Seeing a recent post as they checked in to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I caught myself asking, “What is it that they have that I don't?”
Oh! That’s a dangerous slope!
Theodore Roosevelt said “comparison is the thief of joy”.
It's true: When we compare ourselves to what others have, or simply how they are, we are essentially making ourselves feel down right inadequate and deflated – with a low self-esteem to match.
No, I’m not talking about a high bank account balance or a fancy car, though, success does have its perks (really? An ocean front home in Florida?!?). Instead, what I’m talking...
It’s a tough time of year here in Michigan. Winter is waning, but not gone and spring is getting closer, but not here yet. It can be a very dreary time as the snow melts, but nothing is budding and blooming yet. Everything is just sort of muddy.
And people get that way, too.
Or at least I do!
It can be weather induced, social distancing induced, hormone induced – whatever the reason, it’s definitely induced and I don’t like it!
What’s a girl to do? Well, for starters, I like to take ownership because that means I can DO something about it instead of being a gloomy victim.
For some people, though, these feelings need to be suppressed. It is this kind of reaction that leads us to pursue unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as grabbing a bag of Cheetos or spending the entire weekend binge-watching something on Netflix (can you say Great British Baking Show?).
If you're like me and action-oriented, are you ready to try something you...
You know what I’m hearing a lot about these days?
As in, a lot of my clients are struggling with it. Maybe it’s a year of a global pandemic, but people are talking to themselves with a lot of negativity. Unsurprisingly, it's bringing them down.
This post was even inspired by something I saw on Instagram that said “Would you be friends with someone who talked to you the way you talk to yourself?”
And that’s what self-worth comes down to: how you talk to yourself. If you feel blah, what thoughts are you thinking that are making you feel blah? Because the emotions we feel are governed by what we think.
Don’t like how you feel? You might...
What do you do when you’re answering emails and suddenly the phone rings? Do you answer it and try to speak to the person while you finish your emails? Then the doorbell chimes. Do you go to the door while still on the phone, even though there’s a 98% chance it’s just a package delivery?
An uber common one in these work-from-home days is working on something while “listening” to a meeting “in the background”.
The one I’m most guilty of is actually self-inflicted! I’m working on something and it gets hard, so I pick up my phone to give my brain a break (or so I tell myself). In one of those weird coincidences, I just did that when a text came in from my girlfriend in Texas. They got a dusting of snow and the world is ending! Isn’t that cute (as I say from my Michigan home, staring at the 8 inches of snow we got last night…). But the point is, I texted for a few minutes instead...
When you have high career aspirations, you need to establish right off the bat that you can be at leader. In fact, you probably already are and just don’t know it yet.
I am a firm believer that we all are leaders, whether our job has that in the title or not. We lead at home, in our communities, and in both personal and professional projects. In fact, when I transitioned from a formal leadership role with direct reports, to no supervisory duties, I had trouble remembering this. It took a team mate to say that I still was a leader every time I stepped in front of a class to teach leadership skills. It was my job to lead the participants through the material, connect to them, see the importance of the skills.
It was kind of a “duh” moment, but so many only equate leadership with the formal ability to tell others what to do. It’s so much more!
Whether you’re new to a particular organization, project or team, or...