So, why aren’t you living your purpose and fulfilling your potential?
We might even question why we are stuck in jobs we hate and work with people with whom we can’t relate, when some people seem to find something they love to do and appear to love their lives. The answer is that we are either afraid to listen to our intuition and take that leap of faith, or we truly haven’t heard our intuition our whole lives. p. 11 The Intuition Principle
Answering the intuitive call
If you feel that you’re not living your purpose, fulfilling your potential and that there has to be more to life, then your Intuition is trying to get your attention. You’re feeling this because it’s your Truth. You’ve got to tune into that unique thing in you that wants to be expressed. And if it continues to elude you find out what’s blocking it from surfacing.
Fear is the reason why most people don’t live their purpose and fulfill their potential. Fear keeps them stuck in their comfort zone. It’s also the reason behind the lack of clarity about their purpose.
When someone says to me, “I don’t know my purpose and I don’t feel drawn to anything.”
The very next question I ask them is this, “What would you be doing if money were not a concern?”
Of course asking this hypothetical question opens the flood gate of desire within them and out comes the purpose they’ve suppressed for years!
Why? Because, the fear of going past the edge of their comfort zone produced so much anxiety that it was much easier to suppress their desire and intuition and think they “didn’t know their purpose.” If you don’t know your purpose there’s no way you can actualize it, right?
Your purpose isn’t hiding from you
Ask yourself what you would be doing if money were no object and you’ll see you do have desires. It’s just that all the fearful voices about living it drown out your intuition. When you have that dream well up inside of you and feel excited that’s an intuitive pull toward living your purpose. Living your purpose means changing your life in some way, and for most people that’s really scary. Your fears about change are what keep you stuck not living your purpose.
Fear is a powerful emotion
You’ve got to be clear on which fears are stopping you. Once you locate the exact fear you can breakthrough it and deflate it. If you don’t consciously deal with your fears you allow them to dictate your reactions, behavior and life in general. And that’s how people get stuck not living their purpose and fulfilling their potential.
How to overcome fear in three steps
- Identify your specific fear(s) by asking yourself, “What am I afraid of?”
- Deflate them using logic.
- Keep doing this on every fear that comes up until no more come up.
Here are three examples:
Fear – You’re going to fail.
All people who set out to do something fail at some point. Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I just found 10000 ways that don’t work.” Sure you might fail but so what? Isn’t it better to strive toward actualizing your purpose than to sit around cowering in fear and do nothing? Plus, you don’t know what wonderful things may befall you because you got out there and tried. Sitting home in fear isn’t going to bring new people and experiences into your life is it?
Fear – You’re too old.
If you can read you’re not too old to learn about a subject that interests you. If you have the desire you can go back to school or take courses to learn what you need to. Most people who say this are really thinking about how long it will take and how old they’ll be when they’ve fully integrated this “purpose” into their lives. But the truth is however old you are now you will eventually be XX years old anyway. So isn’t it better to use the next couple years getting to where you want to be?
Fear – You won’t make any/enough money.
This is a common fear that stops a lot of people. Who says you have to quit your job? Pursue your purpose on the side. Do it for the sake of feeling fulfilled and satisfied. If you later feel that there is a path toward making your purpose your full time gig go for it. There are no rules when it comes to living your life purpose. Doing what you love on the side doesn’t make it any less of a life purpose.
Stop putting so much pressure on yourself
I want to clear up a notion about life purpose….many people think their purpose has to be grandiose in order to “qualify” as a life purpose but that’s not true. And that may be the reason some people go in circles for years searching for their purpose.
Your life purpose satisfies something in you.
It’s the thing that lights you up and you cannot help but be drawn to doing it. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with any specific job, making money, fame or being viewed as successful.
Your life purpose is a unique expression of you
Perhaps you are a fabulous host or hostess and your dinner parties are legendary. You’re a born nurturer and love bringing people together over a home cooked meal at your home. That’s a purpose because it’s satisfying something in you and that’s why you do it.
To actualize your purpose and fulfill your potential you have to overcome the fears that stop you first. Once you’re free of the fear that suppresses your purpose it will come to light and you will start living it and living up to your potential.
What fears are holding you back? Will you apply logic to deflate them? Share with us in the comments.
P.S. This article came about in response to the many emails I received from PBI subscribers who asked why they weren’t living their purpose and fulfilling their potential after reading my previous article. If you’d like to ask me questions directly subscribe here.
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Are you living your purpose?
When you live your purpose you are living up to your full potential and greatness.
Have you been contemplating following your soul’s purpose for years but not found the courage to actually go for it? Or are you still confused as to what your true path, purpose or destiny in life are?
Do you instinctively feel that you’re meant to do something bigger and to be of service in a greater capacity but try as you might, you can’t get clear on what this contribution is?
When you start living your purpose you’ve hit your stride—and you know it. It’s as if you’re on fire and there’s an undeniable pull from inside taking you forward toward accomplishing something that excites you and, ignites others around you as well. You exude confidence and a ‘knowingness’ about where you’re headed that other people sense. This energy magnetizes situations, circumstances and people to you that help propel you forward on your mission with greater ease.
When you hit your stride by living on purpose you live what I call an “Intuitively Inspired Life” and as I said earlier, you know it. You’ll know you’re living your purpose because of your high energy level and enthusiasm about facing each new day. And should challenges arise you tackle them with courage and fierce determination. Your intuition fires at full throttle so you constantly receive guidance about your course. And should you veer off-course your intuition sends you the impulse to “course-correct.”
You’ll begin making progress toward the accomplishment of your goals more quickly. Fortunate coincidences orchestrating situations, circumstances and people that support your efforts will arise out of the clear blue enabling you to arrive at your destination seamlessly. People will be drawn to you because of the quality and clarity of your energy. The more solely focused you are on your purpose the more of a courageous leader you become, and that clear single focus is the energy pattern you exude that magnetizes people to you. That’s what living an intuitively inspired life by living your purpose looks like!
Why Living Your Purpose is Important
Finding and living your purpose makes life rich and more meaningful. People who live on-purpose live longer and are happier. They live life courageously, more fully and with fewer fears dictating what they will or wont try. The courage to move ahead even if they are afraid means they take more risks but with more risk there are opportunities for more reward. This courage to act leads them to becoming leaders, change-makers and way-showers.
Their vision and drive help them to accomplish things that positively impact the world. They have an over-arching vision and strong belief system about what they’re doing. They instinctively feel that what they’re doing is important and, not just because it might have financial value but because of how it will positively effect people’s lives.
Their excitement and enthusiasm stem directly from the impact expressing their purpose will make in the world and many become purpose-driven entrepreneurs. Examples of purpose-driven entrepreneurs are people like Stacey Boyd founder of Schoola a company that sells used clothing to help schools raise funds and, Dr. Amit Goffer founder of ReWalk whose invention of an exoskeleton helps people with spinal chord injuries walk again.
How to Be On-Purpose and Live an Intuitively Inspired Life
Follow these 5 daily steps to help you begin living your purpose and an intuitively inspired life:
1.First you must know your purpose. Make time each day to listen to your own internal intuitive voice. Sit quietly in meditation or contemplation for 10 -15 minutes and listen.
2.Journal every day about what comes up during your morning quiet time. To help you flow easily into writing start with this writing prompt at the top of your page: Today I was inspired by 5 new ideas…and then begin writing the ideas that came to you in detail.
3.Give your subconscious a command before going to sleep each night. Tell yourself that you want to have a dream that will illuminate what your life purpose is. Keep a note pad by your bed and be sure to write down your dream first thing in the morning.
4.Test out the life purpose ideas that inspire you by trying them on “for size” If you do this you’ll soon feel if this purpose really fits you. You may live with a purpose for a week, a month or a year or longer before you realize it doesn’t truly fit you. That’s okay! I promise if you do this and keep moving forward by following the three previous tips daily you WILL eventually land squarely on the life purpose that does fit you to a Tee.
5.Celebrate. When you do land on that right purpose you will know it! You will hit your stride and you will find that things change quickly as all the stars align for you so that you can actualize this purpose and begin your life’s great work.
If you have the guts to follow your intuition and not give up too soon perhaps you will be the next leader who will make the world a better place someday.
Have you found your life purpose? How did finding it impact you? If you haven’t found it yet what have you tried to find it? Share with us in the comment section below.
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Intuition & Following the Signs to Your Destiny
Not long ago I had the pleasure of spending 90 minutes doing a very thorough Astrology Life Purpose consultation for a client.
Like many readers of Powered by Intuition she had been unsure of her destiny and life purpose for some time. She was very unhappy in her career and longed for a change but feared making the wrong decision. Her lack of clarity around the purpose of her life kept her stuck in a never ending loop of two steps forward and one step back.
When she finally came to me for the Life Purpose session she was frustrated and nearly ready to give up trying to change her life. She had always been drawn to working with horses but when she got out of college she had taken a good secure job working for local government instead. And that’s what she’d been doing for fifteen years.
Her chart clearly revealed that her strengths, talents and amazing gifts were all geared toward working with animals and that she would meet with great success in these areas if she were to act upon them.
She was delighted with what her chart showed about her destiny and said that it confirmed what she had been feeling was right for her all along.
Fear & insecurity suppress your intuition
Many times you have a gut instinct about what your purpose is but your insecurities overshadow and suppress it. Finding your life purpose requires listening to your intuition. There are many signposts along the way during your life but you ignore them usually because of your fears.
For example, in my own life I doubted myself for years. I fell into the trap of believing that because I was good at something (financial sales) that it was my purpose to stay where I was in my “real” job. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a “real” job at all. What I want to point out is that many times we ignore our intuitive guidance and don’t trust our instincts because we assume that the conventional norms of society are right rather than trusting our own feelings.
And this is exactly what my client had been doing to herself for years as well. After the reading she began the process of looking into preparing to live out her life purpose. And last I heard from her she was very excited about how thing were coming together.
Asking for and following the signs
Then, I got another email from her. She was confused, upset and feeling insecure about her future again. She had been asking the Universe to provide signs for her that she was on the right track and hadn’t gotten any since right after her reading with me.
Why am I not getting any more signs when I ask for them? I’m afraid I’m making a mistake and I don’t want to throw away a good job and my future without a sign. Does this mean I shouldn’t go forward with my plans?
(She had read my book, “Navigating by Intuition: How to Follow the Signs” and was referring to a method I described about how to ask for specific signs).
Now that she had stopped getting signs she was afraid that she was on the wrong path.
A successful life requires that you develop faith
She had received many signs during her lifetime that she was meant to follow this path. This client had been afraid to act upon them because it would mean that she would eventually have to give up her current job security. So instead she did what many people do – she rationalized that it was “irrational” to do such a thing and began a cycle of constantly questioning her judgement.
Her intuition led her to me and to have an astrological life purpose consultation. When her chart confirmed everything she had been feeling it boosted her faith and confidence immensely. She realized that it wasn’t “irrational” to want to do what she had been longing to do and born to do. Her path was meant to be different from the “norm” in society of having a regular job, and she finally got that there was nothing wrong with that or with her.
The trouble arose when she started bumping up against the wall of her comfort zone. As she began planning how to live her purpose and leave her job her old insecurities rose up again. She began asking for “signs” to reassure her and to quiet the critical voices in her head that feared change and moving beyond her comfort zone.
Let be what is meant to be
The thing is that she had already gotten her biggest sign; that of the astrology life purpose reading which showed her the entire map of her life just as she had been feeling it was meant to be. The session confirmed what she had intuitively been pulled toward her whole life.
At some point you have to be able to go on faith alone. You have to move forward even when you feel scared and insecure. If you keep asking for signs over and over even after receiving one as clear as the life blueprint contained in your astrology chart you are reinforcing your fears rather than moving confidently in the direction of your dreams.
You are telling the Universe that the “biggest” sign wasn’t good enough and that you want to remain scared and stuck. And since the Universe reads your thoughts and feelings it will deliver exactly what you have ordered up – more fear, indecisiveness and remaining stuck in your comfort zone.
Relax and keep going
When you relax and start moving forward on the path toward your destiny the signs will reappear – but don’t wait until they do or build your entire life upon getting a sign otherwise you will remain stuck. You must always continue to move confidently in the direction of your dream even in the absence of a sign.
This is not to say that you should do something rash like quit your job before you save up money or develop a good transition plan. Keep going and taking one step after another in the direction of your destiny and eventually the signs will return.
Always remember that signs reinforce action not inaction.
Have you been holding yourself back? Can you see how fear keeps you stuck? What will you do differently from now on?
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Is your mother always right?
The older I get the more I find this to be true…..
Does this strike a cord with you?
Here’s a story from my life:
When I was younger and getting ready to declare a major in college my mother urged me to be an English major. At the time there were no other majors if you wanted to be a writer. My mother saw me as someone like her; someone who thought deeply about things. And like her, I excelled at writing (she was an assistant editor at a newspaper before she married) and she knew that I loved it.
My father was a mechanical engineer who spent his entire career working on huge building projects in Manhattan. He even worked for the Trump organization at one point. He witnessed engineers who also had business or accounting degrees rise through the ranks of the some of the biggest construction companies he worked for. He saw me as level-headed and business minded like himself and so he urged me to major in business or accounting. I will never forget him telling me, “The way to the top is to be an accountant.”
Who do you think won out?
I don’t know what I thought “the top” was but at the tender age of 18 I wanted to please my father and get “there” and so began what would turn out to be several decades spent in the financial world. I was successful and it turns out I was level-headed and business minded but oh how miserable I was as a “round peg in a square hole.”
My mother was right and I wish I had listened to her.
Clearly, a kid who begins writing little books at age 8 and wants to duplicate and distribute them throughout the neighborhood was meant to be a writer and my mother knew it. Call it a sixth sense or mother’s intuition, I guess you could say my mother knew me like a book!
Was my dad wrong?
No. He also saw something in me that was true. I was then and still am business minded but the best way for me to express this talent is through writing and sharing with you not in a corporate management job.
The soul of who you are really meant to be is usually pretty obvious to the people who know you well. I guarantee your purpose isn’t hiding from you. It’s your desire to please and lack of confidence in yourself that gets in the way of listening to that intuitive voice within that knows soo well what you were born to do.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate your mom. So, what was your mother right about? What advice did she give you that you wish now you had listened to? Share her wisdom in the comments.
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