For as long as we can remember, we've worked for a paycheck, enclosed within the confines of an office cubicle. We often work to achieve a status, a title with more responsibility and longer hours, or spend time offside with bosses and supervisors and then theres the office politics. Before you know it, you’ve wasted so much of your life on a career that won’t love you back. I believe it's time more of us move from ambition-driven to purpose-driven living. This will lead us to more satisfying lives!
Ambition-driven living has lead us down a path of dissatisfaction, a culture of wanting more, and always racing to be the best and most "successful". I am not suggesting those who work in a professional environment or the traditional office set-up should always need to change, because If you truly love what you’re doing, that's awesome!
However many of us have grown tired of the old notion of success. We want something more meaningful. We want to pursue our passions. We want to feel we are living with purpose. Most of all, we want to do what truly makes us happy.
It’s about finding your purpose-driven life and redefining success. From success that is based on a great career, money, a house or a car to discovering what it is that you can do with real purpose, and what good you can bring and share to the world.
You know the feeling of working longer hours to accomplish the company’s goals instead of spending time with the people you love? How about instead, you enjoy self-fulfilment? How about instead, you pursue your own goals and dreams? A purpose-driven life is about discovering your calling, paying attention to your skills/talents and knowing what it is that you want to make a living doing!
For those of us on this off the beaten track journey, It’s not enough to create an impact in the workplace. We deeply desire to contribute significantly to society.
A purpose-driven lifestyle involves using your talents to bring something valuable to yourself and to the world, while also creating an income for yourself. It can be tiring to get started, but at the end of the day, you will feel good about contributing to a worthy cause. And eventually, if you plan your business well, you can discover freedom from the 40 hour work week!
When it comes to finding your purpose, we want to act now and find the opportunities that will allow us to do what we love. But there is a path that you need to follow. Acting on impulse may lead to negative outcomes.
Be systematic. Visualise your goals, create a plan and follow the steps. If planning is not your strong suit, it is wise to get people on your team who can help with this.
Once you are operating from your purpose, everything in your life changes. As you become more engaged and connected with this purpose, you become more resilient against challenges.
Creating purpose-driven incomes, means you can experience great life satisfaction because your income may indeed be much more than you've ever earned before. Life becomes living by design, rather than just accepting what is. We create the life and experiences that matter and we always have time to enjoy them.
For me, I was always looking for something more. I was never satisfied in a job. I always felt like I should be doing something more with my time. I frequently felt undervalued in my employment.
As a result, I didn't last long in jobs. The only full time jobs I've ever had were for about six months and then four months. I always burned out, and always decided I wanted out.
I bounced around a lot, looking for the right balance of enjoyment and hours. And I couldn't seem to get it right. I lasted for three years in one job, on three days per week. That seemed to be ok, but I still felt I wanted more.
I had gone through my degree in Business Information, and I had majors in Information and Communication management. I desperately wanted to start a business of my own, and although I knew exactly what needed to happen to build a business, I had NO IDEA what it was I wanted to DO as a business.
I'd always notice people who had wonderful skills and talents and wonder why they were working undervalued in standard employment. Most people I asked just felt they didn't have the skills to start a business. I would often say, "I wish I knew what it was I loved, because I'd love to start a business." I was always ready to help anyone willing to give it a go!
When I finally did become brave enough to launch my business, I started with what I was good at, knowledge management. But no one really understood that. So I moved. And here I am now, business coaching. Working with the business skills I LOVE, helping others with the businesses they LOVE, and I get paid to help others get paid to do what they love. It's like a huge ass circle of love.
Long story short. Once I figured out what I was truly passionate about, and once I started working with that passion, everything else just fell into place. I love what I do. I love that every day I wake up and I can't wait to get started. I look forward to kids bedtime so I can crack out my work. For instance, here I am, on a Sunday night, and I still want to work. How many people really gain that much enjoyment from their work?? And this is the good I want to spread. I truly believe we all have something within us we are passionate about. And I truly believe we can all make really wonderful money working with these passions on less than 30 hours a week.
So tell me, have you found your purpose yet? Are you working with it?? If not, what's holding you back?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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