Live Your Life from Values and Purpose – Step 19 of 21 Days of Focus
Focus is only lasting if it is fueled by your values and purpose. In Step 14 we talked about creating balance in your life and how life is a series of sprints. In order to continue to sprint again and again we need a drive. That drive comes from our deep values we hold and the purpose that we want to accomplish in our lives. In step 10, listen to what expands you, your core values and purpose will help you to feel expansive.
Over the last 19 days, I have been laser focused, not only on these blog posts to share with you but on my own dreams.
In 1977 I wrote in one of my journals that I wanted to write a book. In 1977 I was 23 years old. I had a lot of life experiences that needed to happen for me before I was able to write the book I had in mind! As the years went by I always felt a burning desire to write a book and one that would inspire and encourage others.
Decades went by and life got in the way. I was building my career in radio sales. I was married and raising my son. The dream was just that, a dream.
Mid-life was a wake-up call for me. Twenty-five years had passed and along with those twenty five years came an incredible amount of experience! Again, life got in the way. This time it was a divorce, a series of career setbacks and my mother started having health issues. But through it all, my dream to write a book kept nagging at me.
As I mentioned, I finally wrote my first book, The Freedom to Eat in 2008. The publisher went out of business and the book never went anywhere. Over the course of the last three months, I’ve done a lot more research about the publishing industry. For the last two weeks I’ve been preparing a book proposal to submit to several literary agents with the goal to pick up a major publisher. My values and purpose are what are fueling my desire to succeed. Otherwise, I could have easily given up. I believe that the message I share in The Freedom to Eat will help other people.
When we operate from our values and purpose, we have the drive and tenacity to continue. We are able to focus and fulfill our goals and dreams.
That brings us to Step 20 – Seek Mentors, Coaches and Partners
Step 1 – You Have to Have a Plan
Step 4 – Focus on Your Strengths
Step 5 – Meditate or Think on your Plan
Step 6 – Get rid of Distractions
Step 8 – Lock Out Doubts and Fears
Step 9 – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Step 10 – Listen to what Expands You
Step 11- How to Deal with Overwhelm
Step 13 – Where do You Spend Your Time
Step 14 – Balance Life and Work
Step 15 – Review and Track Your Progress
Step 18 – Practice Awareness in All Things
Step 19 – Live Your Life from Values and Purpose
Until next time…. Stay Focused!