Life is — and will always be — full of twists and turns. It’s a pendulum swing between triumph and defeat, fulfillment and frustration, clarity and confusion. On this journey, we all walk towards finding, following, and fulfilling our higher purpose. In today’s episode, Kevin shares 10 tips that you can practice today to start living with higher purpose and why you’ll be glad you did.
Kevin’s ability to welcome and encourage rich conversations with people has played an instrumental role in his growth as a thought leader. He has persevered through his own experiences with failure and frustration, and is driven to share 10 enlightenment tips to encourage us to relentlessly pursue and follow our path to a higher purpose.
Action leads to clarity, and so, here are 10 tips to get you started on your higher purpose journey today:
Make peace with your past.
- Reconcile everything from your past that seeks to hold you back from the present and your future. Make peace with your past, however painful it is. Don’t let it keep you captive.
- Forgiveness is your friend. If you’re disappointed in yourself, forgive yourself. If you’ve wronged someone, ask for forgiveness. If you’ve been wronged, choose to forgive your oppressors even if they don’t ask for it.
- Lewis B. Smedes shares: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Whatever’s hurting you or holding you back, make peace and when necessary, let go.
Your deepest hurt can be the source of your greatest strength.
- There’s no denying that we all inevitably encounter hardships in our lives. But these awful moments are what transform us into more empathetic beings, who learn to channel their deepest hurt to bring comfort and understanding to those who are suffering the same.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Don’t be tempted to drive yourself down by comparing yourself to others. No one can be you, except you, so find the courage and strength to be your genuine self.
Cultivate your willingness to stand out.
- It’s funny how we perceive babies to be perfect the way they are, and yet we torture ourselves into believing we are completely flawed. In Psalms 139:14, it says: “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows full well.” When did you start looking in the mirror and stop seeing yourself as fearfully and wonderfully made? Whatever the reason, remember that YOU are valuable and marvelously made. Your gifts are proof of that.
See the people others overlook.
- If you truly want to live your life with higher purpose, open your eyes and ears – be aware of those others often overlook – touch the untouchables, befriend the friendless, acknowledge their value and remind them of their value.
Shine your light and share it with others.
- If you are given the choice of either fanning the flame of someone else’s dream or dousing that flame – FAN IT.
Be kind every day.
- Bring kindness unto the world that has become increasingly calloused and unkind. The ripples of kindness has a catalytic effect, so there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. So please, always be kind, always be kind, always be kind – there is really no excuse not to be.
Be an encourager.
- Offer encouragement. When you see someone’s potential, do whatever you can to affirm, encourage, and invest in them. If you see someone distressed, depressed, discouraged; stop, ask, and listen.
Discover your dream.
- Write it down, draw it up, or map it out – make your dream vivid and visual. If you have not discovered your dream yet, invest your time and find out where you want to be in the future.
- Be careful with whom and how you share your dreams. Some people won’t be able to understand and appreciate your dream, so build meaningful relationships with people who are committed to living their lives with higher purpose, connect with people who will believe in you and support you in your journey.
Abandon scarcity and embrace abundance.
- Scarcity holds you back from living your life to its full potential. Kevin recalls how every bad decision he’s ever made was born under the scarcity mindset, whereas every good decision he’s ever made happened out of an abundant mindset.
- It’s possible to rewire your brain and adapt the abundance mindset, all it takes is a few seconds because abundance is really all about practicing gratitude. If you want to make great life decisions, cultivate abundance and let gratitude permeate your day.
Clarity will find you when you take action, so seize this moment to start living with higher purpose today. Take the time to reflect, “What do you need to do between now and the end of 2018, so that when the new year arrives you are ready to find, follow, and fulfill your purpose with gusto?”
An Extraordinary Experiment
Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary Experiment here!