Have you ever wondered or asked yourself the question, is this really the life that I am supposed to be leading? WHAT IF I had gone to a different college, taken a different job, moved to a different town, dated a different person? You get the idea….
One simple decision can change the entire course of our lives. And for all of us those decisions have done just that. It is a mind bender if you take a few minutes and play the “what if” game. Be it good or bad, the course of our lives are the result of our past decisions on how we responded to events, people, opportunities, fears, feeling, ambitions etc. In other words our thoughts have directed our path to what road we are on now.
lets delve a little deeper into how our decisions have perhaps affected what we should really be doing with our lives as it relates to our careers and/or businesses. However, one can really take this article and apply it to many other areas of one’s life.
A couple of weeks back I wrote another post about finding the right business. It may seem like some of these ideas are a repeat of the last article, but I am going to attempt to go a little further in this concept of being truly “on purpose”
We have all had that inner feeling when we know that we are on purpose, meaning we are doing something that is almost coming from our genetic code. It brings joy, it brings peace, excitement, “IT” brings purpose to our lives. And if we think about it, it’s not really even easily explainable. I’m not saying that you need to DROP your career, quit your current business, move out of state etc. In other words; appear to your friends like you just had a mid life crises. I’m just advocating that it may be a good time to re-evaluate your life’s career and ask the question….Is this really what I should be doing with my life?
You have heard the story where someone gets an epiphany of what they should be doing with their life; so they quit their careers and set out to live their childhood dream of being a singer in a rock band. We all can chuckle at the irresponsibility of that; especially if they are forty. If that person was my friend I would say, “tell me when you’re doing your first gig and I will be there to support you; but don’t quit your day job.”
The chance that they would be able to support their family and obligations with this new direction would be a difficult thing to expect, at least in the immediate future. But I am a big believer that they should not let the music die in them.
So where do we go from here? Consider this….
Ask yourself the question. What do I really enjoy doing? What if I could put more time into the thing(s) I love. Maybe take a night class, find a mentor, find a person(s) who share the same interest. And what if, just what if I could actually move toward making a living at doing that very thing that makes me really feel “on purpose” and happy.
The person who is so fortunate to find their true passions in life and act on them is the person that I would say is the happiest person in your neighborhood. And if they can actually make a career of it, then they will have never known what it feels like to have had a job.