2012, I was running at full speed; chasing after my dream of money and ‘success’. However, I had forgotten why I was running. Luckily, something drastic happened to me towards the end of 2012 that halted everything for me. It was a life altering and eye opening experience for me. It became clear to me that, “I did not want to spend the next 5 years chasing after money, only to find that I’ll be back at the same place I was; emotionally, mentally, and spiritually drained”. My ‘chase’ came to a screeching halt, everything was put on hold, and I spent 2013 re-evaluating my life and purpose. I found myself in tears most of the time picturing what would matter the most at the end of my life. What would my eulogy consist of? What would my lifetime achievements be?
The first thing that I did was list all the things that are most important to me. I wrote down all the things I wanted to do. I turned from my own ideas and started committing my daily lives again to God’s mission. As I did this daily, I realized that there is no better way to receive help and direction in your own life than to focus on someone else. It seemed completely opposite of what the world tells us. After all, if you're not looking out for yourself, then who will? Well—that would be God, I told myself. Because when you focus on someone else's business, God will focus on yours. It means planting seeds in great soil, and then simply waiting for God to bring a harvest into your life.
The next thing I did was deciding that whatever venture I commit to must align with my personal mission, my values and my goals. For every new opportunity that comes along, I would ask myself how it aligns with my goals. Regardless of how much money I could acquire, if the venture did not align with where I wanted to be, then I would not pursue it.
Today my personal mission is to motivate, inspire and empower people to live happier and more fulfilled lives. I am living my purpose!
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