Regardless of what career you have, or what you’re doing, it’s hard to really get results without passion & purpose for why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s important than, to re-examine your motives on a daily basis and ask why it is you’re doing what you’re doing. There are practical reasons to achieve things, but your career is building something for someone. Just surviving means you’re depriving the company, because you’re not giving it your all – this is why overqualified people often get passed over for jobs, because the employer knows a half committed person won’t last and won’t contribute 100%. If you’re in a situation where you feel like you don’t have a choice, it’s a choice to stay comfortable because the alternative choices means having to do a lot of growth in a short period of time. Perhaps You don’t like your office job, but worry about hustling enough to make it in a start-up, having to cold call and be persistent to sell an idea or passion you have. Perhaps you turn down management positions because you’re afraid of having people report to you.
The truth is the world is full of millions of mechanisms to achieve what it is you really want, and if you’re in a place right now in your life where you’re unhappy – you’re choosing to accept it and stay there. Though there may be more temporary pain to endure until things in a new direction settle out, living a life without purpose is far worse than unemployment or even bankruptcy. Fear & security are usually the tools jobs use against us to keep us in the place of acceptance of the circumstances we’re in, but what kind of existence is that? We are called by something bigger in life to make a difference, and the people that align their gifts and talents to that bigger than life version overcome every obstacle in their way to conquer and achieve success. Money isn’t the end all, but it’s a tool you can use to keep yourself trapped (“I don’t have enough!”) or use it to break free and make a difference (“I really believe in X, here’s a check”). Never mistake your job for your career, because a job just gets you a livable wage – a career is aligned with what you care most about and are motivated to wake up every morning and do. If you’re doing what you’re most passionate about, you’ll be successful at it naturally. It won’t be something you have to work on, it won’t be something you have to force yourself to do, instead you’ll go to work and just be successful out of the passion and drive you have to do your job.
Today consider what it is keeping you in your current position – are you here because of debt? Are you ever going to break free of debt without making the big change or giving up creature comforts in the short term to get there? Once Debt is gone, what will you be free to do? It’s usually fear that keeps us tied to a job because of debt, but it’s a system of numbers manufactured for exchanging goods – it has as much power over you as you chose to give it. Breaking free means you disassociate reasons with the dollar, and realize that there’s bigger things at risk than defaulting on a loan if you allow your life to stay trapped because you’re afraid of what happens if you leave this situation and this life for a life of purpose and meaning, working to cure the debt in an aggressive method, and moving into a future that is more fulfilling and having purpose.
Remember that in life, you’re in the place you chose to be. Decisions you made got you to where you are today, and it’s no ones fault but yours that you’re in the situation your in – regardless of what happened to you, you chose how to react to it. Even the most horrific crimes committed against someone, there are stories of forgiveness and reconciliation. If you forgive someone, it doesn’t mean you’ve told the world it’s ok what they did, it means you’re tired of having that chain around your neck and you’re ready to move on. If it’s a lack of forgiveness keeping you in chains, if there’s family members you had a falling out keeping you in the place you’re in, it’s time to forgive them and stop holding yourself prisoner to the circumstances that brought you here.
Once you make room in your heart & life for the things you’re passionate about, you’ll have more space to focus on the things that bring passion & purpose to your life. You’ll be more successful doing those things, you’ll be more successful and profitable doing those things, and you’ll be sold out to something bigger than yourself. We are here to make the world a better place, regardless of what circumstances you’re born into or currently live in. Religious or not, people pretty much agree on benefiting humanity being a clear priority for people. It’s time you step up to the plate, clear the past, and get clear on why you’re here, and what you want to do with the very limited time you have left. A life lived in purpose, is a life worth living.