Life Goals & Purpose

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.

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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

Self Discovery. Life. Purpose. Passion

Today’s blog is inspired by Shawn Stevenson, he is the creator of the Model Health Show, which I recently started tuning in on podcast. And I am glad I did because I absolutely love his work. For anyone interested, he is an advocate of health, exercise, and nutrition and super fun to listen to. There will be a link down below in case you wanted to check it out. One of the episodes was on how to create the life we want and that inspired me to do this post.

How do you define purpose? And what is your passion in life? You may also want to define what passion means to you?

According to one of the guests on the show, passion is showing care and having patience towards a goal, and it is not just a  burning desire or feeling to do something; it is a simple act of doing it.

The five steps to live the life we want

or as I would call it: Some food for thought!

Step 1. Look for opportunities that will help you grow and make you stronger. Be more proactive in your approach while searching for those opportunities. It is the simple idea to look for things that empower us. As humans, we tend to avoid challenges in order to avoid the stress that would come along with it – but science has proven that some stress is actually good for our body (Click the link to find out). So, next time when you are faced with a challenging situation, don’t try to avoid it, but take a more proactive approach and see if you can look at it from a different perspective.  The idea here is to seek for things that make you grow because what doesn’t kill you makes you 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.”– Shawn Stevenson

Step 2. Overcome your fears – the reality is 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, right? But, the issue is not about not having fear. It is natural to have fear, but it is how we deal with it and how we overcome those fears.  Do not get stuck into one place and don’t look back on life except for when you want to appreciate how far you have come.

Always appreciate and practice gratitude for what you have become now.  Not allowing the fear to dictate what we do is the key.

Step 3. Follow your heart– we have the illusion that we don’t have a choice; we all have one.  We always find a way to justify our excuses for not following our heart. I am sure it wouldn’t come as a surprise to some of you as you might be already familiar with it-  We all have done it. We do it because we want to play safe. And because we are too scared to step out of our comfort zone.  It really takes for us to step up, to say yes to our dreams, and to follow our gut feeling that normally gets ignored.

Step 4: Ask empowering questions– by asking the right type of questions you uncover some of the issues that may go neglected at times.  For instance, when you are faced with a situation, the right question to ask would 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? These are the type of questions that would help you with clarity- a skill I need to master.

Step 5. And lastly to be willing- willingness is the key. Willingness to say yes; to step up; to develop the strengths you need – it nicely ties back with step 3.

I am interested to find out how you define your purpose in life? What is your passion? Leave a comment below.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.

Check out these sources:

The Model Health Show

Achieve any goal by these simple steps