Live ON Purpose and WITH Purpose  

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Inspiration

In a world filled with distractions and competing priorities, it’s easy to drift through life without a clear sense of direction or meaning. However, by embracing the idea to “live on purpose,” we shift our focus towards intentional living and unlock a deeper sense of fulfillment.  

Living on purpose isn’t just about existing; it’s about actively engaging with life, pursuing our passions, and making choices that align with our values. Today, we’ll explore the importance of living on purpose and how to infuse every aspect of our lives with intentionality and meaning. 

Define Your Values  

At the core of living on purpose is a clear understanding of our values. Our values serve as guiding principles that shape our beliefs, behaviors, and priorities. Take the time to reflect on what truly matters to you. Is it family, creativity, adventure, or perhaps compassion? Identifying your values allows you to make decisions that are in alignment with your authentic self. 

Once you’ve defined your values, strive to integrate them into every aspect of your life. Whether it’s setting boundaries in relationships, setting your goals, or allocating your time and resources, let your values be the compass that steers you in the right direction. When our actions are congruent with our values, we experience a profound sense of purpose. 

An old compass sits near a windowsill.

Be Specific with Your Dreams  

To live on purpose also involves having clarity about our dreams and aspirations. Instead of vague notions of success or happiness, get specific about what you want to achieve. We encourage you to write them down or create vision boards to help guide you. 

Once you’ve identified your dreams, break them down into actionable steps. What are the milestones you need to reach? What resources or support do you require? By breaking down your dreams into manageable tasks, you transform them from abstract wishes into concrete goals that you can work towards. (See next section 😉) 

Be Intentional with Your Goals 

Setting goals is an essential aspect of living on purpose. However, it’s not enough to merely set goals; we must be intentional about pursuing them. Set SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This framework ensures that your goals are well-defined and within reach. 

Create a plan of action to achieve your goals, outlining the steps you need to take and the timeline for each milestone. Hold yourself accountable by tracking your progress and making adjustments along the way. Remember, living on purpose requires active engagement and a commitment to pursuing your aspirations with diligence and determination. 

A person holds their hands up in the shape of a frame looking out at a meadow.

Build Resilience 

Challenges and setbacks are inevitable on the journey towards our dreams. However, it’s our ability to bounce back from adversity that ultimately defines our success. Building resilience is key to navigating life’s ups and downs with grace and fortitude. Here are ways to build resilience: 

  • Cultivate a growth mindset, viewing obstacles as opportunities for learning and growth. 
  • Embrace failure as a natural part of the process and use it as fuel to propel you forward. 
  • Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and mentors who uplift and encourage you during difficult times. 
  • Practice self-care to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. 
  • Prioritize activities that replenish your energy and bring you joy, whether it’s exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature.  

By taking care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to face life’s challenges with resilience and determination. 

A typewriter has typed the words, “create your future” on a piece of cream-colored paper.

Permission to Live on Purpose!  

Living on purpose is a conscious choice to infuse every aspect of our lives with intentionality and meaning. It’s about defining our values, pursuing our dreams with specificity, setting intentional goals, and building resilience in the face of adversity. By embracing this mindset, we unlock a deeper sense of fulfillment and live a life that is true to our authentic selves.  

So, let’s commit to “live on purpose” – not just existing, but thriving with passion and designing your dream life