We’ve been talking about living with purpose for quite some time.
By now you’re wondering what you may want to change or tweak in your own life to live with more purpose and intention.
Let’s say you’ve started to incorporate some of the ideas we’ve looked at.
You’re starting to live with more purpose.
Old habits are hard to break and it’s not uncommon to slip back into familiar behavioral patterns. But those habits no longer align with your wish to live with more intention.
Add to that the things and people tempting you to stray from your path.
For example, you may have the best of intentions to live healthier. You want to take better care of your body. But when you walk into the break room at work there’s a big box of doughnuts tempting you.
Or you could be making a real effort to be more patient and understanding with your young children. Even on days when they seem to be pushing all your buttons and testing the limits of that new patience.
Life can be messy. There will always be things that go wrong. People can lead us down the wrong path, whether they mean to or not.
The best way to deal with temptations is to expect them. They’re going to show up sooner or later. If they surprise you, you’ll be more likely to give in. If you know they’re coming, you can better prepare for them. Learn from each temptation. Realize that each one you avoid makes you stronger and more determined to stay your course.
Even with the best intention and our guard up against temptation we can end up heading down the wrong path. Life happens and sometimes things are out of our control.
At other times, we may not notice that we’ve taken a wrong turn until we’re well along that wrong path. It’s o.k. It happens. It means it’s time to change course and get back on track.
This is why it’s important to do frequent reviews of what we’re doing.
This helps us see if what we’re doing is still aligned with our intentions, our purposes, and our values. Make sure you take this time for reflection.
Adjust as needed as you go along on this exciting journey of living a purpose driven life.
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Overheard: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou
~ Maya Angelou