How to Live a Purposeful Life in 2015

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February is now upon us and by this time of year 95% of people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions. That’s why this year, my only resolution is continuous growth. To move towards a purposeful life of my own choosing.

So what is a purposeful life? To me, it’s waking up with a smile on my face because I’m happy to face another day filled with opportunity. It’s a feeling of gratitude for my good health and all of the wonderful people and things in my life. It’s knowing that I’m a better person than I was the day before and that I’m moving closer towards my dreams. Living purposefully is slowing down, taking in the moment and all of its beauty and realising that its in these moments, when we stop and notice that we’re surrounded by life, that we truly become wealthy.

 Last year was one of my best in regards to personal growth and progress towards my goals, and I aim to top that again this year! But that’s not to say it won’t be filled with it’s own unique trials and tribulations. In the last few years alone I’ve had relationships come and go, I’ve seen friends lose close family, but I’ve also seen friends welcome new family and I’ve made lasting friendships and professional relationships! The good gives us strength to endure the bad, and the bad allows us to appreciate the good.

 Time and tide wait for no man. Life is too short to waste it on triviality. It’s too precious to just let the days slip away unlived. It’s imperative that we live in pursuit of our own true purpose – for to do anything else is truly tragic!

 Regardless of your beliefs, life is a gift. And like any gift, it must be treasured. To make the most of this gift, live with purpose. I hope I can help you discover what that purpose is.

 

Dream Big

 I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, be careful what you wish for because it might come true. Well more often than you’d think, we get exactly what we wish for. The problem is, we wish too small! We don’t look far enough ahead. We don’t believe in ourselves. Well, enough is enough! Dream big! Bigger than you’ve ever dared to dream. To dream is to preview the future! So what does yours look like?

 

Just Decide

Stop wasting time and just decide! Most of the reason we don’t achieve our goals is not because our efforts fail, it’s because we don’t even decide what our efforts will be! It’s time to decide. It’s better to walk in the wrong direction than to never bother getting up!

 

Principles vs Feelings

 It’s easy for me to say things like, just decide. I appreciate that. Heck, I make my fair share of awful decisions! In fact, I was makings lots! So how do we make better decisions? Well, instead of making decisions based on our feelings, we make decisions based on our principles. If you don’t know what they are, take the time to find out! Then the next time you’re faced with a choice, you can evaluate it against what’s most important in your life instead of just going with what you feel like doing at the time.

 

I’ve Had It

 Now that we’re making decisions based on principles and dreaming big, we need the drive to move forward. To do this, I use Jim Rohn’s advice and just say, I’ve had it! We need to reach a place where we won’t tolerate it anymore. Maybe you’ve had it with your job, or your relationship or not seeing your friends, or with being unfit. Try it out. It feels great! I’ve had it with being unfit! I refuse to let this continue! Then…

 

Take Massive Action

 As Tony Robbins says, take massive action. I love the way he puts this. There’s no time left for half-heartedness. Don’t you want to find out what your life could be like if you went all out? Haven’t you ever wondered what your life would look like if you gave it your best shot? It’s time to go full throttle – no more wasted time! Take massive action and find out how great your life can really be!

 This is the year to turn it all around; to run into the future with purpose, ambition and determination. Let’s throw away all those resolutions and simply decide that this year, we’re going to BE more!

 As always, good luck, thanks for reading and please share this post or leave a comment below.

Peter