I believe that knowledge is power so when I saw a friend’s post on social media asking for book rec’s (because she’d set a New Year’s resolution to read more…BUT… admittedly hadn’t quite followed through) I decided to respond.
And if you’ve found yourself in the same setting (or maybe with something else, like the common “I’m getting back to the gym” goal) here is one possible reason why:
You didn’t have a definiteness of purpose.
So, I responded to the post with a question…
What are you wanting to learn?
(now, honestly I may have made a mistake in making the assumption she wanted to read for personal growth… because if you’ve got the lifetime access to the Put Your Dream to the Test course and have gone through the bonus workbook, you’ll know that Personal Growth is one of 5 of life’s areas that you have to cast vision and goals for…and, oh yeah, I also probably assumed because that’s all I read–and yes I’m a personal development nerd)
My point is : You have to know what you want before you can do it…and quite frankly before anyone can help you!
Your definite purpose is the starting point to any worthwhile goals. (and then you need the desire to do it to keep you moving…but we’ll hold off on that for another post)
So if someone asked you, kind of like I asked her,
WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DO?
Seriously do you know your definite purpose?
If your answer is not really, then I have got some really great news!
your purpose RIGHT NOW is to discover your purpose…and if you have the Dare to Dream workbook (which is the same one I mentioned as a bonus above) its got the practical tools to help you explore!
Here’s a hint: Your purpose is to unlock your potential.
…and you don’t have to feel like you need to go on some big cosmic spiritual search,
because the answers already lay in the heart of you. (although it might help to gain a little clarity quicker with some practical tools)
But whatever you find, there are SO MANY ways YOU can CHOOSE to live that out… so it’s UP TO US to take the time and really think about what we would love to create (and don’t skip out on what level and measure of success we are willing to accept when you do). Create the vision of what you want every aspect of your life to look like…and then use THAT to define your goals.
And before I finish up this post, I want to go back to the topic of personal growth for a minute and especially my love for ALL things books!
Think about exploring personal growth in depth versus breadth.
Before you pick up another book or invest in learning another new thing, take the time to apply what you’ve already learned.
Stick with one topic long enough to integrate it fully into your own life before you move onto the next.
I promise you’ll have plenty of time (like a lifetime) to learn new things
but at least for me, I never want to be someone whose general knowledge is greater than their discipline and because I think that will always become visible in the application of their work.
“…turning your ear to wisdom and APPLYING your heart to understanding…” Proverbs 2:2