“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born and how you become most truly alive.” —Oprah Winfrey
Have you ever gotten so caught up in your day-to-day work that your purpose, your juice, your reason for doing what you do felt like it was on hiatus?
Lately, I’ve noticed that I haven’t felt connected to my purpose or calling in my work. I even heard a voice in my head saying, “Purpose, what’s that? I’m busy and have a full plate! What’s purpose got to do with it?”
I’ve come to see that on occasion I lose track of my purpose and how it relates to what I do. Yet, when I’m aligned with that inner drive, I feel connected to my work, and my goals become easier to achieve.
So, every now and then, it’s great to refocus on your true purpose—to realign, and bring that essential energy into your daily life.
This brings clarity when making decisions about what you’re doing. It keeps your trajectory on track, and gives you the opportunity to course-correct if necessary.
And besides—connecting to your purpose feels good.
Today’s post highlights a few simple steps that will support you in refocusing on your purpose when you lose your way.
Purpose Calls from Within
Take the time to listen beyond the chatter of your thoughts. Know that when you quiet your mind, it gives you the space to connect with your true self and let your inner wisdom shine through. From there, it’s easier to connect with your inner calling.
There’s lot’s of techniques to listen within and quiet your mind. You can meditate, take a nature walk, or just stop to notice how your thoughts come and go. Going beyond your busy mind allows you to connect with that which is beyond your thinking, opening the space to listen within.
Let Go of Negative Self-Talk
When I lose sight of my purpose, I’m usually not paying attention. I doubt myself, and find myself identifying with negative self-talk that runs through my mind.
In fact, when I notice that my thoughts are going in that direction, it’s a sure sign that checking in with my purpose is a good idea. I see it as a reminder to realign with what is important to me. This makes all the difference in my work.
When you feel off track and experience negative self-talk, remember that your heart-felt purpose resides within you. It’s there for you, to support you and guide you. When you tap into that, your negative self-talk will move on.
Follow What Feels Good
Say “yes” to the things that make you feel good in your life and in your work. It may sound silly, but think about it—when you follow what truly feels good, you are in alignment with your true self.
Challenges are easier to navigate, and you feel fulfilled by what you’re doing regardless of the task, because you’re following the bigger picture of your calling. All of the things that support you in this become part of the greater whole.
Be True to Yourself
Following your purpose means standing up for what’s important to you, and course-correcting when you’re off track. Sometimes, this takes courage, but if you’re following your purpose, the steps will appear. All you have to do is say, “yes,” and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
If you feel like you’re stuck on a treadmill (or getting things done just to get through them), take the time to assess what needs to be different. Course correct. Most of the time it’s an inner shift that reflects in your day-to-day reality. When you connect to your inner self, it’s easy to see what’s working and what’s not, and make the needed changes.
Connecting to your purpose makes you feel happy, and happiness is your birthright. So nurture yourself, and honor your calling through your awareness of it. That connection to yourself will energize everything you do.