You Are the Story You Tell Yourself

Why is it so hard to stick to your purpose? What are the barriers that affect our ability to stay focused on our purpose? After all, we know that purpose is the difference between good and great.

The simple answer is that we have too many distractions. But the truth is there are far more complicated barriers than this. These barriers include things like a lack of connection to our purpose and clarity about what we want out of life or a career path. This can damage your mental energy and motivation, as you allow factors such as stress and anxiety to creep into your life.

But there is a way to stick to your purpose: use the power of words. Why do words have power? Let me explain.

The power of purpose: Bouncing back, driving forward

To start this journey towards a new life, you must break those barriers that are keeping you from moving forward. It all boils down to your own self-doubt, which is often caused by other people, situations, or habits. 

As you progress on this newfound path, there will be many more barriers and challenges along the way. But while you continue pushing through them, always remember what it is that makes you passionate about your personal mission in life, and you will succeed in achieving success.

Setbacks are common. For some people, they are what keeps them going. The bounce back is gratifying in many ways. It proves you can do it. But you can’t bounce back if you aren’t connected to your purpose.

I’ve had many struggles throughout my life. In my youth, through my teens, and into adulthood. With education, finances, and business. But it was my purpose that kept me going. It drove me – and continues to drive me.

I bounced back from every setback I had – and there have been many. I never lost sight of my ‘why’, my purpose. The overriding goal that gives my life its meaning.

The power of a word: Overcoming obstacles to live with intention

Some people think they can live with more intention if they quit their jobs or become more spiritual or follow some sort of philosophy. While this may lead to a more focused life, it’s not enough on its own. It’s up to you to take action and live with intention every day by using the power of words over your thoughts and actions. What do I mean by this?

Words have the power to change our lives. They can be used as weapons or as motivation. They can destroy. They can build.

Words can also be used to remind you of your purpose. To spur you on to a meaningful existence. To drive your personal and business success. For me, my word is ‘greatness’.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be great. I didn’t really understand what it meant, but I met and spent time with many great people, and I wanted to be like them. My purpose is greatness. A single word that encapsulates all I stand for, all I want to achieve, and what I want to be for other people – like all those great people I have been fortunate to know have been for me.

When I wanted to go to college but didn’t have the money, I reminded myself what it meant to me by repeating that single-word mantra: greatness. I found a way to work and study. My drive to greatness gave me the strength and courage to spend every hour I could learning or working.

When my first business collapsed, my desire to achieve greatness drove me to rebuild. To understand why I had failed, and to build on my strengths, improve my weaknesses, and identify opportunities.

Find your word, to motivate a meaningful life

A word is a powerful force that can influence your life. When you find your word, you will have a clear idea of what your purpose is in life. But how do you find your word? How can a single word have such power and meaning to you? How can a single word make you happy, give you contentment, drive your motivation to do more?

How can a single word have such a ripple effect on your thinking process, which in turn affects how you act, how others perceive you, and how they react to you?

Identify your values and virtues

First, identify your values and virtues. Values help us to live a purposeful life and maintain a focus on what matters. We can inspire ourselves by reflecting on our values. The things we want to achieve or have in our lives. These things can be anything from achieving a certain level of success to living with the intention to make the world better, to helping others, and so on.

Every new day is filled with opportunities for us to live our values and touch the lives of others who may need them most while working towards the goals that matter most to us.

Then, sprinkle your values with passion. We need to be passionate about something if we want to live a life that has meaning. Of course, you must discover what you are passionate about: what it is that makes your heart race and gives you the inspiration to forge ahead.

Now, take those values, virtues, and passion, and deliver them in a single word. 

You are what you tell yourself

The power of a word can be found in its meaning. Words are responsible for shaping our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Words are also responsible for getting us to react to certain stimuli or feel certain emotions.

My word is greatness. It describes the purpose I have for myself, and for others. I want to achieve greatness. But what really drives me forward is living my life with my purpose – and to inspire greatness in others. It’s been a long, hard road to get here. But sticking to my word helped me to stick to my goals.

When you have that word, you don’t have time to get caught up in failure. You just think of your word, and remind yourself of your purpose. Because you are what you tell yourself. If you have the right words, and you know their meaning for you, they help you to keep moving forward, and you don’t stop until you achieve your purpose.

I’ve had many mentors throughout my life, from my teachers through to other entrepreneurs and renowned business leaders. Without them, I may never have discovered my true purpose.

To book me for entrepreneurial coaching or for a consultation, please get in touch.

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