I’m sure throughout this challenge you’ve been thinking a lot about living with purpose and what that means to you right now. Hopefully you’re living more intentionally already and are changing things in your life to better align with your purpose.
You may even discover your “big passion”, your calling, or another goal, and be working towards making that dream become a reality. That’s great, but there’s something we haven’t talked about much.
It’s that we all grow and change as time goes by. And with growth and the passage of time, that our purposes can (and should) change.
Let’s say you’re a parent of small children. Right now, living with purpose may mean to spend as much time as possible raising, guiding, and loving your kids. That may mean becoming a stay at home parent, working only part-time, or working from home to give you the flexibility you need.
That’s great, but don’t feel like that can’t change as time goes by.
A few years from now, the kids will all be in school and you find yourself with more time on your hands. It’s perfectly fine to switch your focus and get back into your career or try something completely new. Things change and evolve. You change and evolve. Your purpose may evolve as well and that’s perfectly normal and how it should be.
That’s why it’s a good idea to occasionally take some time and think about what’s important to you and make sure you’re still living a purpose driven life based on your current values and ideas.
It’s ok to change and adjust if things no longer feel like a good fit.
While it’s something you can do “on the fly” as you move through your days and weeks, it can also be helpful to stop every few months, be intentional, and carve out some time to really think about this.
We are creatures of habit and will often stick to a plan, an idea, or a routine because that’s how we’ve always done it, or out of a desire to “tough it out.”
While that’s admirable and there’s certainly a time and place for it, taking some time to reflect and second guess what you’re doing can be just as, if not more valuable.
You want to live your life intentionally and with purpose.
That means you should always second guess yourself and make sure what you’re doing is a good fit and the best way to live purposefully. If it is, great… carry on. If it isn’t, make some changes until what you do aligns with your purposes.