I decided to take this opportunity to talk to you a bit about why I’m blogging. In taking my certification courses to become a Purpose Coach, Happiness Coach and Life Coach, I was forced to evaluate WHY I was taking these courses. The Internet is filled with various tips and techniques to help you when you’re feeling stuck and I exhausted all of that. The coaching helped consolidate all I’d learned over the years.
I learned that my purpose is not in my day job. It’s a mixture of various interests and it changes over time. My purpose for quite awhile was to be the best mom I could be. In a year and a half, both my kids will have grown and flown. We live in a very small town. They don’t intend to return other than to visit. It’s not that I’m done being a mom, but that purpose has morphed into something else that I’m still navigating.
My purpose, now that I have more time on my hands, is to share and teach what I’ve been taught. I believe that is a great way to help make the world a better place. If people were content and fulfilling their own purpose, the world would be much happier and more peaceful. Courses, such as the ones I have created, pull together teachings and activities and make them available in one spot. There are many courses out there and I don’t think there can ever be enough. Each one calls to specific people.
I’m also continuing to learn and take courses. This is part of my purpose as well. The more I learn, the more I can share.
I’m curious what others are doing to find their purpose. Feel free to comment.
I am in the middle of reading The 5am Club by Robin Sharma. Have you read this? The premise is that if you take an early morning hour, before anyone else is awake, and use it to exercise, meditate, learn and set goals, you will be setting yourself up for not only a great and successful day but a great life.
The book is written as fiction but mirrors the life of a success coach/guru. The plot is very loose but the book is meant to focus on how to create a successful and happy life for yourself and it accomplishes that by laying out the steps in an entertaining format.
According to his website, “Robin Sharma is considered to be one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs.” It’s well worth your time to read his blog and watch his videos on Youtube.
My thoughts on the teachings of this book are that you don’t necessarily have to wake up at 5am. What if you can wake up at 6am and still have a solid hour before you are required to do anything for anyone else? My theory is that that is fine too. I’ll let you know if I’ve changed my mind by the end of the book. However, the remainder of the advice, life skills, anecdotes and quotes of not only affirmation but wisdom, make this book a gem.
So, given that I’m not getting up to hurriedly get kids ready for school anymore (I just have to drag one out of bed) here I go with a new goal. I’ve already found it to provide me with a pile of energy still going by the end of the work day. I haven’t worked it into every day yet. I’m at the part of the book where Mr. Sharma explains how to do that. He’s already proven to me that I need to. Another self-discipline muscle that needs to be worked on. The mindset it provides is worth its weight in gold, so to speak.
My plan is to implement this practice and update you with my progress in a future blog. Are you familiar with the 5am Club? What habits have you instilled to ensure a fantastic life?
Are you finding this too? There are so many posts out there about babies and raising kids that I can’t help but follow a couple, however, I can no longer relate in the present tense. My kids are teens, one is in university living four hours away.
For many years (the past 19!) my purpose was to raise good kids who had good values and were kind to others. I worked hard at it and I think I accomplished that (most days).
So, now what. We all know we continue to be parents and they still need us but it’s not the same type of need. Everything I’ve read says to spend the extra time on yourself and rediscover what you used to enjoy. What does that mean to you?
Given that I’m a Purpose Coach, I’m not adept at taking my own advice and sticking with it, but I’ve recently discovered how much self-discipline it takes to create a new way of thinking. Self-discipline is a muscle that needs to be exercised. So, mine is currently being exercised, starting with this blog.