It’s not an accident that musicians become musicians and engineers become engineers: it’s what they’re born to do. If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.Jack Canfield
Are your actions aligned with your vision and life purpose?
At the beginning of the year, I made the decision to take a step back from my skin coaching business and go all in with The Treasures Within.
I wanted to create an online course, host workshops, and finish the draft of a book – all about finding your life purpose and putting it into practice.
As I’m writing this, it’s already the beginning of October… and none of those dreams have come true.
What the heck happened?
I’ve spent 2019 focusing on all the wrong things. I wrote a book on skincare because it was easier. I focused on helping my partner grow his business so I wouldn’t have to face the fears I had over growing mine. I said yes to too many requests just because I didn’t want to disappoint other people… Sounds familiar?
You can’t change the past. But you can change your future. Bringing your vision to life is easier than you think: every day, do something that brings you closer to your goals.
But how do you know if your daily actions are aligned with your vision and life purpose? Here are a few questions to help you figure out what to focus on:
1. What’s Your Life Purpose?
If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t get there. But how do you know what you’re supposed to do with your life?
Some people just know. They were born with a big passion and have spent every waking moment pursuing it. These people are the minority.
Most of us have dreams, but no idea which one to pursue. What if you choose the wrong one?
Your life purpose isn’t just a dream. It’s a calling. It’s the place where your passion, your talents, and your values meet.
My calling is to help women stuck in the wrong job figure out what they’re meant to do with their life, so they can earn more money doing what they love.
I’m passionate about helping women fulfilling their life purpose. I have a gift for writing and coaching, skills that I need to empower women to change their life. I believe the world would be a better place if we all did work we love – this purpose aligns with my values, too.
Figure out what you’re passionate about, what drives you (your values), and how you can use your own unique gifts to bring your vision to life.
Then, make sure that your daily actions align with your life purpose.
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2. What Are You Currently Doing Every Day?
Take an honest look at your life. Are your daily actions bringing you closer to your life purpose?
If the answer is no, change direction. I know it’s scary. You’ll have to do new things that are out of your comfort zone, say no more often to your friend’s requests, and work harder than you’ve ever worked before.
But what’s the alternative? Do what everyone else expects of you and reach your deathbed knowing you’ve wasted your life away?
You only have one life. Make the most of it. Spend your time on the tasks that bring you closer to your life purpose and make a difference in the world. Get rid of everything else.
Grab pen and paper and make a list of all the activities that you’re currently doing. Cross off everything that doesn’t align with your vision and purpose.
Chances are, you’ll cross off more items than you first thought. That’s ok. You’re just clearing out your calendar and making space for the tasks that get you closer to your goals.
When I decided to take a step back from my skincare coaching business, I knew I had to stop scheduling on social media and replying to every email that entered my inbox. So, I hired a VA to take care of that for me and used the time I freed up to build The Treasures Within.
Don’t stress if you can’t delegate tasks. Just ditch them. Focus on the things that get you closer to your goals. The rest doesn’t matter.
3. Does This Action Align With Your Life Purpose?
This is your opportunity to align your actions with your life purpose and fill your calendar with the tasks you need to do every day to bring your vision to life.
When I told people I was starting The Treasures Within, everyone asked me if I had an Instagram account. I don’t – yet.
I’ve been in the blogging game long enough to know that Instagram is a vanity metric. It makes you think you’re building a loyal tribe, but those followers rarely become your clients. People are there to have fun, not to change their life.
Eventually, I’ll get one. For now, I’m spending my days writing articles that inspire people to find their life purpose and go to networking events when I can connect with spiritual women who are ready for a change.
These actions make a bigger impact – both in my business and in other women’s lives – than any Instagram post ever could.
Every time you have an idea or someone asks you to do something, ask yourself, “does this action align with my life purpose?” If it doesn’t, say no.
You can keep living the life others have chosen for you. Or you can start living the life you’ve always wanted.
The choice is yours.
P.S. When you decide what actions align with your goals, add them to your calendar. If it isn’t scheduled, it often doesn’t get done.
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Over to you, now. Are your actions aligned with your life purpose and, if not, what are you going to do to get back on track? Share your thoughts in the comments below.