My birthday was a couple days ago and as I sit here writing this post, I was reminiscing about the past years and I came to a realization that I want this year and the next to be somewhat of a great year. There are goals we all set for ourselves, but how many of us accomplish them?
I learned a couple weeks ago that there is something powerful about intention when you look at your future. You must have intention (a direction, aim, or purpose) for your life in order to be successful. By knowing this….by knowing who you are and where you want to go and WHY, you can achieve everything you ever wanted. Oprah Winfrey said this (click on her name to watch a video of her explaining the power of intent). She’s a genius isn’t she? And she’s right.
Every human seeks to find his or her purpose in life and I think by doing this we will all stumble upon it and inevitably live out our purpose.
But first we must all take a look deep inside ourselves and find what Oprah calls our “truth”. We must understand who we are, what our true purpose or calling in life is and do everything with the intention to carry out our truth.
So for this year, I intend to really focus on my purpose and put my intentions out there in the universe and in everything I do.
Here are a few ways you that have helped me figure out what my purpose is and how to achieve it.
1. Make a vision board.
Grab a poster board, some magazines, scissors and glue. Cut out pictures that inspire you, people what motivate you and make a collage on the board. There’s no right way to make one. Be creative! Now look at it and see what patterns there may be. Maybe you thought you wanted to be a doctor but all you have on there are business people. This could be a great insight to what you really want.
2. Set a goal and write down the steps needed to reach that goal
Sometimes we have such big goals it can be overwhelming and it can be discouraging. If you break it down to each step needed to achieve that goal it can seem less overwhelming. And if you don’t know the steps, research!
3. Try new things.
How will you know if you like something if you don’t try it? Wondering if you’ll be good at teaching? Ask to intern or shadow a teacher. Work as a teaching assistant and see if you might like the environment and tasks that are included with teaching. This may be the most useful and most important. Do not force it. If you do not like it or you feel like you’re pretending to be someone else, it is NOT for you.
It can be difficult to pinpoint what our purpose is, but if we stay true to who we are at our very core, we will eventually find it. The next time you make a decision to take on a project or choose a job, ask yourself if it aligns with your values and intentions. If it does, then you are on the right path towards living your truth.
Tell me what your intentions are for this year or tweet me @camillerequiest!