This blog was written two years ago, and I never got around to publish it. So here it is. This is a good reminder to get back to the old routines.
I recently got into the habit of listening to Shawn Steven on podcast. He runs his own show- the model health show. All his podcasts are awesome.
In his show, he talks about five easy steps, which he calls it ‘the five steps of living the life you want- discovering your superhero powers.’
How do you define purpose? And what is your passion? These are the kind questions to keep in mind as you read below.
The five steps of living the life you want -According to Shawn Steven
Step 1: Look for opportunities to get stronger, and to be more proactive in your approach. The idea to look for things that empowers you and makes you grow. We avoid challenges and difficulties in order to avoid stress. But stress is actually good for our body. Instead of avoiding the challenges, be proactive and look for it, as it can only make you become stronger.
“Life is not trying to debilitate me, life is actually trying to cultivate the conditions for me to become a better version of me.” It is a practice and a shift in your mind-set that all which matters. – Shawn Stevenson – Beautifully put!
Step 2. Overcome your fears – the reality is that we are hard wired to fear the unknown. It is okay to be scared of things because it keeps us safe and prevents us from making poor decisions. But, the issue is not about not having fear. It is rather natural to be fearful, but it is about overcoming those fears. Not allowing the fear to dictate what we do is the key.
3. To follow your heart– what would you do with your life now if you were to know that you wouldn’t fail it? We have the illusion that we don’t have a choice; we all have a choice. People often come up with excuses, such as but we don’t have the support, but we don’t have the resources, but we don’t have the technology, but….you get the idea. We always try to find justifications not to follow our heart- an excuse.
The reason for this is to stay safe and avoid problems.
Step 4: Ask empowering questions- by asking the right questions you uncover the issues and find the solution to the problems.
Don’t ask negative questions because by asking negative questions by default our brain gives us a list of questions that trick us into thinking that there might something wrong with our approach- what is wrong with you? You can’t do this because of so and so…etc
– Ask question to empower you- if you are faced with a situation the right questions might be: what is right about this issue? What gifts or talents do I have that can help me solve this problem? How can I have fun doing this (paper, project, work)? How can I make this awesome? – What is it that I need to learn from this issue? These questions help you with clarity. Focus on solutions rather than problems.
Step 5: And lastly to be willing: Willingness is the key. Willingness to say yes, to step up, to develop the strengths you need.
And a quick formula that was shared by Shawn Stevenson, which I found interesting.
Finding your purpose in life = Idea +passion+decision = purpose