There are 3 things that hinder most people from activating their life purpose, progressing with their life purpose or even beginning to take the steps necessary to finding out more about it.
Let’s take a closer look at them and if you recognise any of them, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because awareness is the first step to making changes.
Fear of failure holds people back from releasing their true potential. Guaranteed, if you are suffering from this, the stories that you see all around you are about other people’s success. It looks like everyone else has got it together and even worse, you will see those that are doing what you want to do but they are doing it and they are successful!
This self-doubt will have you feeling like a fraud. You will start to believe that you can’t do it and you’ll make all sorts of excuses to further stop yourself from making progress. You’ll busy yourself doing other “useful” things but in your heart of hearts, you are frustrated because nothing is changing.
To begin moving out of this fear of failure mindset, it is important that you root yourself in who Jesus says you are and to put your success squarely on His shoulders.
What do I mean by that? If you know, God has called you to do something, you need to believe that He will equip you to do it. That might mean, investing in yourself with further training, coaching or mentoring but as long as you are putting feet to faith and actually being obedient by doing something, leave the consequences to Him.
2. Other people’s opinion
Self-doubt feeds on caring what other people think of you.
Let me say that again, self-doubt feeds on caring what other people think of you.
You haven’t progressed yet because you care way too much about what other people will think.
Again, root yourself in who Jesus says you are. Your identity is in His template not anyone else’s, therefore their opinions shouldn’t matter to the point that it stops you from doing what He has called you to do.
There will always be a plentiful supply of naysayers, criticisers and opinionated people and some of those may even be those closest to you.
There will be people who doubt your dream and your capacity to achieve it.
Limit your time spent with these but if that is difficult, don’t share details of your journey with them, as they won’t value or appreciate it.
But there will also be people who support you, who believe in you.
Find those people. Surround yourself with those that energise you, support you and encourage you on your journey.
Your biggest cheerleader is Jesus! He wants you to succeed and ultimately, that is all that matters.
You don’t need permission to live your purpose. You only need conviction and the will to pursue it.
3. Lacking intention
Living intentionally is integral to staying true to your life purpose. It’s no good to have a dream or a passion and being unmotivated to the point where you don’t actually make any progress.
Motivation will propel you forward.
What is it that motivates you about this purpose? Focus on that.
Start with taking the attention off yourself and think about the impact you want to have on the world. What legacy do you want to leave?
Be intentional about your purpose. Approach it as you would any other project. Be organised, be methodical and give your purpose the care and attention it deserves.
That means writing it down, having a plan and making yourself accountable.
These are just 3 things that keep people from their life purpose and maybe you recognised some or all of them in your life. You are not alone. I recognise these things in my own life from time to time and they can have a real paralysing effect, if you let them.
What other things stop you from fulfilling your purpose?