We have been home from an amazing vacation for a few days and are adjusting to the cold weather. UGH! I do like the change of seasons BUT I am NOT a fan of cold weather. Sunshine definitely helps me to clear my head and is good for my MS.
My word for this year is ACCEPTANCE so let’s recap the first month. January was full of playing the comparison game especially in my business. I have been digging deep to find my “why” and as of today, it is still not clear. To say the least, I have been beating myself up a little. After 11 years, you would think I would be jumping on the bandwagon to kickstart my business in the new year with excitement, yet I can’t seem to find it. Acceptance for me is about living in the moment, being grateful for the gifts God has given me and trying NOT to fix, manage and control things. I can say I ended January with a win. As we got ready to go on our road trip, the weather on the southern track was getting bad (an ice storm was coming to SC, NC & GA). So, we changed plans. Left a day early, drove longer than we originally planned, rescheduled hotel reservations & beat the storm. In the past, I would have been a hot mess but with God’s help, we were blessed with safe travels and an amazing week.
I know…. what does all of this have to do with finding my purpose, right? I was able to unplug in the hopes of finding my purpose. I was able to stop and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
I have been thinking about “What is my MAIN reason for my business?” Believe it or not, it has become just a way “to make some extra money”. No it hasn’t always been the FIRST thing on my list. Crazy, right? It has always been to make a difference then it was about the money. How the money can help me to make a difference. Through working the steps in my recovery, I have been learning about me. I still want to make a difference in the lives of people but I’m not sure what it actually looks like.
Here are some ideas from the Direct Sales Education Foundation on “Finding YOUR Purpose“
- Listen to your inner voice and hold off on asking others what they think. Before you start seeking opinions on what your purpose should be, tune into your inner voice for inspiration. Once you have a definitive idea, then it’s time to gather opinions from others. As a people pleaser, I struggle with this one. I don’t want to disappoint people.
- Follow what is exciting, not what is easy. In business, just as in life, the easy choice may not always be the best one. WOW! This is so true. The grass may not always be greener on the other side. If you are excited about your choice, you are then willing to do the work!
- Tap into your instincts and emotions rather than logic. You obviously don’t want to ignore logic completely, but when finding the purpose for your business (or in your life), your instincts should take over. Instincts and emotions are powerful enough to guide us to do great things. When faced with a difficult question or decision, listen carefully to your initial gut reaction. This does not mean to act impulsively, but rather to let gut feelings lead the way on your journey. For many hard-working and ambitious people, this is not always the easiest thing to do, but it certainly is important if you want to find your true purpose which drives you toward success.
I was never out to change the world, some may say the results of my work does it but it was never my purpose. As a Social Worker, I wanted to help people improve the quality of their life – no matter how small a change it was for them. As I look to work my businesses this year, I want to make a difference – one smile at a time. The end result will be success in my business and in life while helping others get what they want.
What have you done to find your purpose? Would you add to our list? Please share your ideas in the comments section below!
Have a blessed day!