How Do You Pursue Your Purpose? Decide to Live Differently!

We are approaching not only the end of August, but also nearly the end of my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose – now we’re on the third segment regarding pursuing purpose. We have covered the definitions of purpose and pursuit, just how do we pursue our purpose?

This post is the first of four on the theme of making THIS day different than yesterday in regard to pursuing our purpose. Specifically…

**Decide to live differently!*

So, in other words, we must make the conscious decision and act on that decision, to not stay in the rut we may be in or have been in recently. Our purpose and potential is just waiting for us, perhaps slightly out of reach or out of sight, but it’s there.

We have to determine to not engage in what Joyce Meyer likes to call “stinking thinking” – those awful negative, self-defeating, self-fulfilling prophecies that interfere with pursuing our purpose and reaching our potential.

Consider these words excerpted from one of Joyce Meyer’s books entitled You Can Begin Again  [just so you know, this is NOT an affiliate link–I do NOT profit from mentioning or promoting her books, but have permission from her ministry to share excerpts!]

The way you think determines the way you live.

If you think you are going to be defeated,

then you’re going to have a defeated attitude.

If you think you’re going to make the same mistakes

you’ve made in the past,

then you’re pointing your life in the wrong direction.

Too many people go through life as prisoners

of their own thoughts.

They become subject to any and every thought

that enters their minds.

Yesterday, you may have let

your mind focus on the negative–

what you can’t do, how badly you’ve messed up,

all the things that could go wrong…

Today, you can decide

what thoughts you are going to think.

With the help of the Holy Spirit,

you can change your thoughts today.

You can choose to live differently.”

Joyce Meyer

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So what is the next step in pursuing our purpose? Make the decision to leave the past where it belongs, apply its lessons and focus forward, and choose to live differently than we have been living.

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So what do YOU think?

Do these concepts and quotes resonate with you? Can you relate?

Are you prepared to move forward and live your life differently?

 

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How Do You Pursue Your Purpose? Begin at the Beginning!

OK, here we go, continuing into my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose – now on the third segment regarding pursuing purpose. So now that we have covered the definitions of purpose and pursuit, just how do we pursue purpose?

Well, sometimes we just need to initiate a “do over” and begin at the beginning!

 

Sometimes we simply need a fresh start. It’s all too easy to get hung up on past mistakes or missed opportunities, and allow that negative energy to affect us so much that we get discouraged and feel like we’re hopeless cases.

Instead, as this quote says, we should consider yesterday’s mistakes as lessons learned, and use them to help us appreciate each new day and take advantage of the fresh start.

I have struggled for more years than I care to recall with the feeling that if I didn’t accomplish a certain goal “on schedule” (by my pre-determined timeline or “To Do” list), it meant I had failed for that day, week, or month. Rather than shaking off the negative feeling and self-condemnation, I often allowed the downward spiral to continue so I felt more and more miserable about myself.

The idea that “every day is a new beginning” – or that we can even have a new beginning in the same day, if the morning got away from us, for example – is a refreshing revelation.

An additional concept about beginning at the beginning to change course and pursue purpose with new incentive and determination is the importance of writing your plan and referring to it. I know not everyone who reads my blog shares the same beliefs in God, but some of these principles are still worth considering, whether you want to attribute them to God or reference another “Higher Power” beyond yourself.

If you have been asking God to lead you

in the way  you should go,

you will have a sense of purpose building in you.

You can ask Him to help you plan

your day, your week, and your life.

I encourage you to write down the things

that God imprints on your heart to do.

Writing the vision,

and placing it where you can routinely see it,

will help settle the plan God puts inside of you.”

Joyce Meyer

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So who’s with me? 

Let’s make a fresh start together in pursuing our respective purpose in our lives!

Whether you trust God or another “Higher Power”  for help along the way, or grasp the principles of the Laws of Attraction and speak positive affirmations over your life, today can be a new beginning on the path to pursue your purpose.

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Pursuing Purpose: Defining Pursuit – Part 3 of 3

We have been exploring the meanings of the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, the third segment of this series. We have covered preventing procrastination and prizing prioritizing, as well as defining purpose. NOW we are addressing the three variations in defining the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, as the third segment of my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.

SO…to wrap up this portion, we were learning the definitions of pursuing our purpose in life; quick summary, if you want to refresh your memory or read for the first time:

Purpose: (1) the reason why something is done or used; the aim or intention of something; (2) the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something.; and (3) the aim or goal of a person; what a person is trying to do or become.

To Pursue(1) to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time; (2) to try to get or do something, usually over  a period of time ; and (3) to be involved in an activity.

*THIS post is about the third and final definition of pursuit:

Involvement in an activity.*

So there you go…a pursuit is also involvement in an activity, something we want to do, which all fits in nicely with the idea of pursuing our purpose in life. Ideally, our purpose is likewise something we WANT to do, as it should be based on our gifts and abilities, and therefore be fulfilling and rewarding. As we fulfill our purpose in life, it should also make a different in the lives of those around us.

So now that we have gone through the definitions to understand this important part of pursuing our purpose (and I encourage you to go back and read those past posts I mentioned above, and feel free to comment on them), the remaining posts for the month and into September will more fully describe how to discover our purpose and how to pursue it.

The next few posts will hopefully encourage you to begin – or start over – at the beginning in making the decision to identify and pursue your purpose, and then:

*Decide to live differently.

*Be positive, give praise, and achieve victory.

*Let go and let God.

*Remember that your history is not your destiny.

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The road leading to a goal

does not separate you from the destination;

it is essentially a part of it.”

~Charles DeLint

So what do YOU think?

Do you agree with this final definition as it relates to pursuing our purpose? Can you relate?

Are you looking forward to moving on with the rest of the series?

Pursuing Purpose: Defining Pursuit – Part 2 of 3

I have had a busy three-day weekend, between preparing for an out-of-state trip, and then the trip itself to visit my daughter and son-in-law in New Hampshire for my granddaughters’ combined birthday party (ages 2 and 4!) So I’m catching up on posts now!

So welcome back (or welcome for the first time) to my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.  We have been exploring the meanings of the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, the third segment of this series. We have covered preventing procrastination and prizing prioritizing, as well as defining purpose. NOW we are addressing the three variations in defining the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, as the third segment of my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.

This post is about the second of  three variations in meanings for pursuing:

**Pursuing: trying to get or do (something)

over a period of time.**

This is another quote that seems especially relevant. Each step forward is exactly that: a step FORWARD, moving us closer to realizing our goals and fulfilling our purposes in life. Any day we’re not going backward– or worse, standing still stagnating and not growing–is a good day.

For instance, take a look at this picture:

           Photo Credit: morgueFile Free Photos

Yuck, right? This slimy green pond with stagnant water in it–we know this is a condition we don’t want in our lives! Yet it’s amazing how many times we allow fear, self-pity, poor self-image, indecision, lack of motivation, procrastination, inability or unwillingness to prioritize our priorities, and numerous other things, to stop us in our tracks.

Instead of moving forward, we fall backward–or we just stay still and stagnate! Even a baby step forward toward pursuing our purpose is better than allowing our lives to become stale, stagnant, and full of dead leaves and other debris!

I think some  “de-cluttering” might just be part of the process of pursuing our purpose in life!

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If you don’t like something change it;

if you can’t change it,

change the way you think about it.”

~Mary Engelbreit

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So what do YOU think?

 

Do you agree with this definition as it relates to pursuing our purpose? Can you relate?

 

Do you feel like you really are a bit closer to realizing your goals and fulfilling your purpose in life than you were yesterday, a month ago, a year ago? Do you need to de-clutter and get rid of some “debris” from your life?

 

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Pursuing Purpose: Defining Pursuit – Part 1 of 3

We have covered preventing procrastination and prizing prioritizing, as well as defining purpose. NOW we can move on to addressing the three variations in defining the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, as the third segment of my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.

 

This post is about the first of those three variations in meaning:

 

**To Pursue: to follow and try

to catch or capture (someone or something)

for usually a long distance or time.**

I think this quote is especially relevant for this series. As we follow and try to “capture” our purpose in life, it isn’t something that’s going to happen immediately. It’s an effort that requires one step at a time. Each step forward on our journey brings us that much closer to attaining our goals, and capturing or fulfilling our purpose in life.

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“I don’t care how much power,

brilliance or energy you have;

if you don’t harness it

and focus it on a specific target,

and hold it there,

you’re never going to accomplish

as much as your ability warrants.”

~Zig Ziglar

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So what do you think?

 

Do you agree with this definition as it relates to pursuing our purpose? Can you relate?

 

Are you moving forward toward achieving your goals and purpose in life?