This year I’m really trying to devise plans and execute them in an effort to live out my purpose and part of that is figuring out what my purpose is. Last year, I met the lovely Marshawn Evans Daniels and she has made it her mission to help people do just that. I thought I’d share with you some of the lessons I learned from her.
Purpose is my business. This is not something that I do just as a hobby. Sometimes it’s amazing to me that I started out this scrawny little girl with pigtails, big Coke-bottle eyeglasses, and a label of “problem child.” It’s hard to really grasp that I’ve gone from that awkward place as a kid in the South to where I am now… living in the sweet spot of my purpose and my divine assignment.
And that sweet spot? That’s what I want for you.
However, I talk to so many people who feel stuck. Maybe you feel stuck right now. You might think you’re living your purpose, but, I’ve got to tell you—if you’re feeling stuck, you probably aren’t.
Here are 3 simple ways you can start (today!) aligning with your purpose—and living in the sweet spot like I know you yearn to do.
1. Start making decisions. Not from fear, but from where you want to be. You have to stop letting Little Me guide you. And you have to eliminate all the excuses keeping you from deciding. What happens is that when you make up your mind, your mind begins to make things happen. The unmade choices that are inside of you and around quickly get overwhelming–and, believe me, they keep you small and far from your purpose.
The root of the word “decide” is “to kill off” (think homicide, suicide) as in killing off all other options. Making decisions actually clears your path. So start making some decisions today—and take what does not need to be thought about now off the table. Simplify what’s on your mind and all around you. Your way to your purpose will be much clearer.
#2. Set new goals. Create a clear vision for what you want to do… with specificity. And you have to set deadlines–if you don’t have deadlines you just have dreams. I love to say “dreams without deadlines become a disaster.” And while you have those natural G0d-given gifts, gifts without a game plan go nowhere. It’s your responsibility to be a good steward and multiply and expand the gifts you’ve been given. Those gifts are a critical piece of living in your purpose… you’ve got to have a plan to share them.
#3. Find community and accountability. Get yourself around other people who are like-minded, powerful and brilliant. Today. I so believe in creating a circle of accountability. When you tell others your dream, ask them to remind you of what you’re focused on and ask them to support you. My life changed and my purpose quickly deepened when I formed my first trusted team. This circle can pour back into you and help you get where you’re going. And you can do the same for them. You’re going to need each other when you start setting deadlines and making decisions! As Proverbs 11:25 states, “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
Finally… when the going gets hard, say to yourself what I say to myself:
“This is where I am going, this is the legacy I’m building and these are the people I’m serving.”
I promise you… you’ll start to feel that divine sweet spot I’m talking about.
What are the excuses you use to postpone making decisions?
Marshawn Evans Daniels is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.