Last time I talked briefly about how it can be overwhelming to make big goals. Today I wanted to start with the basics so you can have a clear vision even if you don’t know where you are going or how you will get there. When you do feel overwhelmed you can come back to your why, to your purpose, and allow the feelings of anxiety pass.
A while ago a mentor and friend sent me a YouTube video who’s focus was starting with the end in mind. This video was so helpful and powerful for me. It is easy for people to pursue their calling from a place of fear or discontent or because it it what they are ‘supposed’ to do.
For a while I felt stuck. This video came to me at that time where I knew I was capable of more but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was constantly thinking about it. What is my purpose? What is my passion? TELL ME! I was so paralyzed by not knowing what I was supposed to do that I didn’t do anything.
I come back to this video to make sure I’m connecting with my purpose, my ‘why’. This video really helped me answer questions about who I was and who I wanted to be. For me personally, it was very helpful to think about writing a list of what I want to be remembered for when I die.
I want to be remembered for helping others. I want to be remembered as someone who would listen. I want to be remembered as someone who had many adventures and life experiences. I want to be remembered as someone who had a tremendous heart.
With the end in mind all of a sudden little opportunities revealed themselves to me that peaked my interest. Something as small as learning about a volunteer program that teaches 6th graders about health and nutrition.
When opportunities like this came up for me, I could list many excuses for why it wasn’t a good time. But instead, with my end in mind, I went for it. I knew if I didn’t commit to making the time, I would never do it and then I never would be remembered as a person who took the time to volunteer and who had a big heart.