How many times have you heard that phrase?
How many times have you uttered those exact words?
No, I’m Not Going There
When I say “misguided and uninformed” I’m talking about you and me. We’re misguided and uninformed because – well let’s be honest – we don’t always know who we are. We think we do and, for a period of time, we move confidently in that direction. We develop a sense of purpose, a set of guiding values and move along the road of life. That sense of purpose or raison d’être is informed by what we’ve been told by others or the way we interpret expectations people have of us.
We make career decisions, life decisions based on what others think we ought to be and should be doing.
I do it. You do it. We all do it. We put way to much emphasis in what others say and think. As a result we drift, we compromise, we settle and we negotiate our way into someone we are not. We become misguided and uninformed.
It’s Never Too Late
We can reverse this trend. We can make the course correction needed to get us back on track. It’s never too late to dig deep and truly discover who were are and what are purpose in life is.
Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
Living a life of purpose and in alignment with your calling in life doesn’t mean you have to make draconian changes. You don’t have to quit your job, sell all of your belongings – but it does require you to make an investment in discovering your true self.
Earlier this month, I finished reading Greg McKeown’s book called “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and I highly recommended it. This book was a challenging one for me – it forced me to answer some difficult questions and got me thinking about who I am today and, more importantly, about who I want to be.
As we prepare to close the year, we all have an opportunity to look back and see were we drifted and compromised; where we acted in a way that was misguided and uninformed.
When we know who we are, we amplify the contributions we make to the world.
Maybe, just maybe, 2016 is the year we both live a more purposeful, meaningful and impactful life – one that is in complete alignment with who we are meant to be!