“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” ~ W.L. Bateman
Doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results each time is a foolproof path to feel like a failure. Some people even define that behavior as insane. I love the idea that we can constantly and endlessly develop ourselves through trying a “new behavior” via the experiences we have and the boundaries we set.
How many times in our lives do we repeat behaviors that just don’t serve us? Going to a job that we hate, committing to things we don’t want to do, hanging out with people who drain us, doing the same thing over and over because it is safe…
When people talk about finding your purpose or your calling in life, it can be really inspiring OR if you are like me, it can sound really overwhelming. We’re trying to get through everything else in life and now we need a purpose? Your “calling” really is your innate desires; the things you are continually drawn to or love to spend your time doing. If finding your life purpose sounds intimidating to you, how about doing something you love for just 15 minutes per day?
“If you aren’t living with passion, you are living with resistance.” ~ Heather McCloskey Beck
To create a new path for yourself that will lead to happiness, you need to change your behaviors that aren’t working for you. You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and be the boss of your own life, because only you can designate how much control you will have over your future.
It comes down to this:
- You are the boss of your life.
- Only you get to live your life.
- You are responsible for you.
You have the right to:
- Be treated with respect.
- Say “no” without feeling guilty.
- Take time to develop yourself.
- Take time for quiet and solitude.
- Write, think and reflect.
- Create a life that feels inspiring.
Write this down for yourself: “As the boss of my life, I have the right to:________________.”
When you find your calling and speak your truth, you empower someone else to speak their truth. Creating boundaries for others and for yourself will also generate time for you to change the behaviors that don’t serve you, to do what makes you happy, and to have time alone to reflect.
This post is inspired by a talk from Heather McCloskey Beck at the International Women’s Summit.