When you’re stuck in a rut it can be difficult to summon the motivation needed to make positive change. Thankfully, Roz Savage is on hand to offer her motivational words of wisdom…
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” – Leonardo da Vinci
Life is a beautiful dance between the energy of the universe and our free will to make choices and move things forward. Sometimes the universe leads the dance, sometimes our free will takes the lead, but both dancers need the energy of the other. So you might want to keep this in mind if you’re trying to figure out your life purpose.
When you ask ‘What should I do with my life?’, what do you do next?
Do you sit on the sofa at home, waiting for the answer to come knocking on your door, or do you get out there into the world to look for it?
While it’s possible that everything comes to she who waits, in my experience everything comes a great deal sooner to she who gets off her backside and does something.
Get out and try things. Learn. Explore. Generate some momentum.
I visualise the process as being like an alchemist concocting a potion. He roams through the world, gathering rare ingredients to bring back and add to his cauldron. As you search for the answer as to your life purpose, you are the alchemist and your mission is to gather the ingredients for your perfect life.
You try an activity, and you learn that you like one aspect of it but not another. So you take the aspect that you like, and you put it in your pot. You try a new job, and find that you like the intellectual challenge of it, even though the company doesn’t feel like the right fit for you. So the fact that you enjoy an intellectual challenge goes into the potion. You join a new group, and find kindred spirits whose lifestyles you admire. You ask questions to learn how they got to where they are, and take those lessons and add them to the cauldron.
Then, one day, probably while you’re thinking about something else entirely, there is a loud bang and a puff of smoke and an answer rises like a genie from the bubbling cauldron of your subconscious.
Here are a few pointers that may help:
1 Follow your curiosity
If something piques your interest, explore it. Immerse yourself in it for a while and see what you find.
2 Notice what is in your peripheral vision
Even while you are moving in one direction, observe what is going on around you. If you maintain too rigid a focus on your destination, you may miss all kinds of interesting things that lie a little way off your path. Be fluid.
3 Suspend judgement
Be childlike in your openness to new experiences and ideas.
4 Be brave enough to ‘fail’
If you try something and decide not to stick with it, that is not failure, it’s a learning experience. Let other people think what they will – this is your life and this is all part of your plan.
5 Be true to your values
Whatever you may choose to do with your life, it makes a statement about who you are and what you believe in. So make sure that you are proud to stand by that statement.
This process takes time. The answer may not show up when you want it to. This can be frustrating, but keep the faith. Continue to gather your ingredients. Quieten your mind to allow your subconscious to get a word in over the constant chatter of your conscious. Enjoy the process of seeking, and the answers will come.
About the author
Roz Savage is well qualified to offer tips on motivation – as an ocean rower she has traveled over 15,000 miles, rowing 12 hours a day… and she doesn’t even like exercise. She now brings the life skills learned on the ocean wave to her coaching clients, helping them find life purpose, success, fulfilment, self esteem, happiness, and inner peace. Her second book, Stop Drifting Start Rowing, is published by Hay House.