We all, at various times, feel the pull within us. The tension of where we are and where we’d like to be.
We know that we long for something greater, something deeper, something more meaningful but often wonder how best to get there. We know we are convinced we can change the world, or at least our little corner of it, for the better and help pass on the values and traditions that are most meaningful.
We long to leave our imprint, if we only knew how.
For those moments, it’s helpful to have a foundation upon which we can build, a blueprint for our life that not only centers us, but propels and calls us forward.
Find what makes you feel alive. More than a job, more than income, what chargers your batteries, shoots you out of bed in the morning, and excites you more than that first cup of coffee.
We often get into trouble when we equate our job with our calling. For some of us, they may overlap, but that’s often not the case. Instead, our job may be what provides us with the tools, resources, and opportunities to make the difference we long for. Do the hard work of discover what you were made to do and use that as a foundation for your life.
Our society has sold us the lie that we need to be defined by our productivity. As soon as our feet hit the ground in the morning we sprint through our day, unaware and uninvolved with our spatial side. We crash into bed at night for a few quick hours before we start it all over again.
And for man of us, this schedule is 24/7/365.
But we were never meant to live like this. Take time throughout the day to stop, reflect, mediate, pray, and listen for God’s guidance and direction. Taking regular, intentional, and purposeful times to foster our spiritual health sustains us for the journey of life.
Similar to our unaware spiritual stirrings, we far too frequently don’t connect with our emotions. Something bothers us at work, in our family life, or in traffic but we never discover what it is.
Instead, we stuff it. And stuff it. And stuff some more. Until eventually, we are so overfull of unprocessed emotions that we explode at the shoe we trip over in the middle of the living room floor.
Take regular time to identify, connect with, and process through your emotional state. What is making you angry, happy, sad, contemplative, challenged, or excited? How are you showing up in situations: are you attentive and nurturing or withdrawn and sullen?
Becoming aware of our emotional state allows us to lead and serve others better.
Living with intention always means pushing ourselves to learn something new. This becomes especially easy in our technological society. Read book (or ebook), listen to a podcast, watch TEDtalks, read interesting articles (I’m personally a huge fan of Flipboard). Find someway, every day, to challenge and grow your intellectual capacity.
Pursue hobbies. Study science. Discover something new. It doesn’t matter what you study, just make sure it happens.
Regular exercise, along with adequate sleep and a healthy diet, is foundational to pursuing our calling and making a difference.
Find a sleep routine, exercise plan, and food lifestyle that you can stick with. Diets don’t work, but lifestyle changes do. Whether you want to go Paleo or Vegan, make it a choice for you.
Commit to a full nights sleep.
Take time to invest in relationships that bring you life. Mark it in your calendar. Don’t negotiate on that time. Just as seriously as you take spiritual development and exercise, take time to be with those you love (being in the same room while you stare at your phone doesn’t count).
Go on a date with your spouse. Develop deep and meaningful friendships. Explore hobbies within a community.
Spend time with people who make you feel more alive and more purposeful.
We all want to make lots of money and leave a financial legacy. We all want to make a million dollars. We all want to be financially prosperous.
FYI: You’ll never get there if you’re growing in debt, live only for instant gratification, and don’t use your resources well.
While it’s admirable that you want to end up there, you must start well too. You’ll never finish a marathon if you start too quickly. Finding your pace is essential. So it is with money and finances. You’ll never end well if you don’t start well.
Practice generosity with a little and you’ll know how to give generously with a lot. Be faithful with a little and you’ll learn how to be faithful with a lot.
You’ll never end well if you don’t start well.
Change the world. Dream Big. Do Big. Never settle. I want that for you. As you’re charting your course, remember to set a good foundation and practice living in the moment.
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