This morning in my spin class, my instructor Francie’s boomed through the speakers,
“You’re here for a reason.”
“Work those legs.”
“Be on purpose.”
“Be intentional about what you’re doing here.”
It got me thinking about where in my life I have a tendency to not be on purpose. Offhand the one place where I know i struggle is when it comes to how I talk to myself.
As you all know, I’m a hustler.
And as Ne-Yo and Akon sings, “A hustler’s work is never through.”
Oops. I may have taken that to another level.
I know what it’s like to be so externally driven by accomplishments, accolade, and acknowledgment.
I also know, very well (too well) that none of it matters.
See, being on purpose is about being intentional about where you put your energy and how much of it you devote to things, people, opportunities, and thoughts.
What I realized on that spin bike this morning was that in every moment, whether I’m giving it my all, or not- it’s a choice.
That whether or not you choose to take action, to hustle, to haul ass to accomplish whatever it is you’re striving for– it’s a choice.
And you get to be on purpose, EVEN when it comes to hauling ass.
Simply stated, no need to be victimized or a martyr to your gifts, “obligations,”or your duties in life (dharma).
I’ve trained myself to be on purpose as it pertains to how persistent I am, how hard I work, how much i’m “driving” or in some cases being driven.
But when you choose (keyword) to not go as hard, or, maybe speed up a bit, because that’s what you WANT to do- there’s more power and purpose behind the action that you take.
As a recovering workaholic (and yes, I sometimes fall off the wagon), I know what it’s like to GO GO GO.
I was interviewed on a panel yesterday for Huff Post Live on this very topic. Check it out: http://huff.lv/1gz8WHv
Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this subject in the discussion below.
What comes to your mind when you read that word?
For me, whenever I would hear the word change– I would cringe. I would cringe because I was so focused on what wasn’t working and what I wasn’t good at that I would spin in circles focusing my energy on unproductive activities.
Though what if, change wasn’t so hard? What if all you had to do was answer two simple questions, coupled with taking action?
Sounds pretty awesome if you ask me.
On this week’s Keepin’ It Real I break it down about the two questions you need to be asking yourself if you really want change in your life.
Once you watch the video, I’d love for YOU to keep it real about your answer to the two questions that I talk about in the video.
I can’t wait to hear your answers in the comments below.
Until next time,
Keep. It. Real.
P.S. My team and I are cooking up some good stuff for you!!! Be on the lookout for my newest program: Freedom Forward: The Art of Taking Confident Action. I’ll be giving first dibs to the people on my email list so if you haven’t already signed up, click here and enter your name and email in the Art of Confident Action box to be the first to know 🙂
It’s a fact: work takes its toll on your body.
Hours spent sitting behind a desk, staring at a screen (and possibly snacking) starts to feel pretty awful after a while. Exercise is hugely important, because it allows us to do something that’s amazing for our bodies on every level.
Although we have every reason to lace up our sneakers and get moving, we don’t. Why? Well, let’s discuss.
there are many things about Nirvana (or enlightenment) that can be confusing.
Is there one way to obtain this life purpose that we as human beings strive so hard to find?
Is doing yoga and meditation a part of this path?
Are spiritual folks allowed to get mad?
no one way will lead you to enlightenment