Have you ever found yourself staring out into space in the cereal aisle at the grocery store? You think to yourself: Do I want a sweet cereal or something healthy? Or maybe I can get both?
In the end, you pile box after box into your cart and spend way too much money, simply because you can’t decide. When you get home, you realize you actually wanted waffles.
Our lives can be a bit like this too. We get bombarded by activities, options and our own competing desires. And suddenly we realize we have too much on our plate and not enough time to do the things we actually want to do!
If we want to live simply– to focus our heart, soul and mind on what really matters in this life–we must step back and think for a minute about what we are doing and where we are aiming to go.
We must make a “grocery list” of sorts for our lives.
Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, encourages us to live differently, to live purposefully. He says:
This takes some work, mama. Below, are steps you need to take if you really want this. But don’t worry, we will break them down into bite-sized pieces in each future post.
5 Secrets You Must Learn to Live Life on Purpose:
1. You must first get super clear on your highest calling.
Greg McKeown refers to this as your “highest level of contribution”– the thing you & and only you can do in this life. Do you know what that is, mama? (We will be doing a simple exercise in the next post to help you figure that out!)
2.You must make regular space in your schedule to plan & strategize.
If we decide we don’t want to live haphazard lives, torn between commitments, we must make space in our lives– daily and weekly– to assess and strategize. If we don’t take this time, we are bound to repeat our traps, bad patterns and overcommitments.
3.You must accept that you can’t do it all.
Greg McKeown refers to this concept as “the reality of tradeoffs”; it’s the acceptance of the reality that if we pick one thing, it’s ALWAYS at the expense of something else. If you can’t accept this truth, you won’t get very far in this journey, but if you can– it will set you free to live the life you want to live.
4.You must learn how to say no graciously– and regularly.
Saying no takes guts, but it’s not as hard as you think, once you get clear on your purpose. More to come on this.
5.You must learn how to separate the “good from the best.”
If we want to live purposefully, we need to stop acting like everything we do as moms is equally important and make drastic, but precise cuts in our lives. This will allow us to make room for what matters.
Sound a bit overwhelming? That’s why we are in this together!
In our next post together, we are going to tackle #1– finding your highest calling. It will take a few extra minutes of your time, but it will set you up for success in this series– and your life.
You ready to go, mama?
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