Why do you want to change? Maybe you hope to set a good example for your kids, or perhaps you’re just tired of feeling tired and out of shape. Pinpointing the motive behind your desire to improve makes it easier to stay motivated.
Author Margie Warrell wrote in Forbes Magazine that, “the word inspire comes from the Latin, meaning ‘to breathe life into.’ Accordingly, when you are working toward something that inspires you, it literally makes you feel more alive.”
Part of the beginning process is knowing which endeavours put a fire in your belly, and then connecting to a cause that’s bigger than – but also congruent with – who you are and what you care about, she writes.
Because let’s be real, what’s the point in diving headlong into a cause or challenge which ultimately provides zero spiritual payback?
Civil rights leader Howard Thurman once wrote, Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Ultimately, the things that matter most are rarely things. Knowing your why should “compel you to take on challenges that will stretch you as much as they inspire you.”
If, after giving it some thought, you’re still not sure what your true driving force is, perhaps try a quiz to help you tap into your purpose. This one by Mark Manson is not a true quiz, but asks the probing questions to get you thinking. Be warned, it’s a little NSFW, so take it when you’re in the privacy of home. The Four Purposes of Life by Dan MIllman is a great easy read that might help you pinpoint your greater why.
So what are you waiting for? A new you in the new year starts right here.
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