Growing up, I felt like ideas and expectations were pretty much limited to the status quo. I didn't feel like I could achieve much more than what I saw around me and pretty much thought my circumstances would define me. I was happy to choose the path of least resistance. As I mentioned previously, things seem to change for me once I began taking a more active roll in what I wanted. There are lots of reasons people choose not to direct their purpose; these are just a few.
People are often afraid to go in a new direction. Maybe they can't see all of the steps involved in getting to their goal and the chances of success are not guaranteed. Also, they are afraid of what others might say or think if they fail.
The truth is, NO path is guaranteed. Sooner or later we all fail at something...especially if it's the first time around. But we learn from our failures and what we gain in the attempt is so much more than the failure to even try. No matter what people might think or say...at least you took a chance.
We've all had it happen.
We get really excited about an idea or an opportunity, only to have others (sometimes those we love and trust) tell us that it's not worth pursuing. We begin to doubt our own judgement. We question our values, especially if we think the advice is coming from a well-meaning source. This is advice is often accompanied with an "Well I (or someone I know) tried that, and it didn't work so...".
It's really important when Directing Your Purpose that you connect to others who share your passion; those who can encourage you, rather than discourage you. Instead of looking just at those in your immediate circle, look beyond to find someone who's pursued the path you're considering and made it work. Remember, Directing Your Purpose is about being proactive. Go out and find your tribe!
3. Perceived Limitations
When I started thinking about creating Leaders of the Free World, I imagined I'd spend a few years working in every relevant field related to various aspects of the program, before presenting my blueprint to anyone, anywhere. After all, how could I begin to launch such a venture unless I knew EVERYTHING there was to know about every aspect of the program.
Thinking we need to be an expert in all things is what usually stifles us from directing our purpose. We don't have faith in our current capacities and we feel everyone else knows more than we do.
The Cure: TRY.
You will NEVER know everything. You will always be learning. And sometimes we know more than we think we know. Directing Your Purpose is about getting out of your comfort zone, stretching yourself, and taking the first step; even when you think you may not have all that you need to know to move forward.
If you're ready to stop limiting yourself and start Directing Your Purpose, I invite you to join me.
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