How To Find Your Purpose and Live Your Potential

I find that a major cause of anxiety and depression can be a result of feeling unfulfilled in our daily lives, which is often brought on by not living to our fullest potential because we are not fulfilling our true purpose. You may not not know what your purpose is or perhaps you do know, but are unable to put it into practice for a variety of reasons. 

We all need purpose. Even someone who has had a long, successful career and is now retired needs a purpose, which is often why retired people take up hobbies, volunteer or even return to work! Without it, we can feel numb, frustrated and depressed, with many people simply ‘making it through’ the working week and living for the weekend. This saddens me, as life should be about so much more than this and I truly believe that everyone was put on this earth for a reason and that we all have special gifts to give.

The popular book ‘The Alchemist’ tells the story of Santiago who goes in search of his ‘personal legend’, which is our destiny in life- the act of discovering our purpose and pursuing it. Within the book, he learns to follow his heart, listen to his intuition and be mindful of the omens that life provides us with. 

People often do not pursue their calling because of a variety of reasons that range from fear of failure, lack of financial stability, being unsure where to start or unable to identify what their calling is. The Alchemist teaches us to never stop believing that there is a greater plan out there and to believe in the power of pursuing our purpose. The book’s author, Paulo Coelho said that ‘people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of’ and I believe that is true. 

Here are some tips for finding your purpose:

  1. Ask yourself what you love and what comes easily to you

We all have passions and gifts. How can you merge the two? What interests and excites you? Start there, then go deeper. 

2. Listen to your instincts

We were all born with a strong inner compass that informs us of the things that bring us joy. Connect with that voice and honor what you love by allowing yourself to live it. 

3. Work with a life coach. 

Often it is hard to ‘see the wood for the trees’ and finding a place for our passion can be overwhelming. This is where a professional life coach can be really helpful in guiding us towards our purpose and helping us to set solid goals to bring them to life.

4. Do ‘The Passion Test’

The Passion Test was developed by Chris and Janet Atwood to help you find your passion in life. They are the authors of the book ‘The Passion Test – The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose’ and have helped people in more than 50 countries on their journey to fulfillment. 

5. Find your Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means ‘a reason for being’ and is usually used to indicate the things that make one’s life worthwhile. The term roughly means ‘the thing that you live for’ or ‘the reason for which you wake up in the morning.’ Read all about start-up founder Chris Myers’ journey to find his Ikigai here.

6. Take action!

Jack Canfield said ‘you have the power to achieve greatness and create anything you want in life – but you must take action!’ Taking action can be a scary thing, especially when you don’t necessarily know where to start, but nothing can change unless you do something about it. Surround yourself with like-minded people, give yourself deadlines, find ways that you can get inspired and set goals to hold yourself accountable. You’ll be amazed how things begin to happen once you just start. Remember that passion + action = a purposeful life.

You were born with a purpose and have your own unique gift(s) to share with the world. Whatever your calling, know that you are worthy of success and worthy of being happy on a daily basis, not just on the weekend or when you’re on vacation. Life is short, so go after your dreams and goals, and don’t stop until you get there.

Do you know what your purpose is? Are you living your purpose or do are you still trying to figure it out? Leave us a comment below.

With Love, Ione

Time Management 101

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How to get the most out of your time, be your most productive self and live your life to the fullest.

Do you feel as though you constantly have no time, as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? Alternatively, do you have plenty of spare time but feel demotivated and unproductive? In today’s society, we are all balancing a million things, from busy work schedules, countless messages, calls and emails to respond to, commitments with family, daily chores and errands- and that’s before you’ve even exercised, had a social life, watched that new show everyone is talking about and done whatever you need to do to be the best version of you.

This leads to us feeling stressed, anxious, demotivated, frustrated with ourselves and others, constantly falling behind at work, feeling disorganized and so much more. A lack of proper time management is the culprit of these issues and something many people all struggle with, yet it really is an easy fix. Once you get in to a rhythm of what works for you, you’ll be mastering the juggling act of life and thriving in every aspect too. 

Here are 8 top tips for time management:

1) Be accountable for your time

People often say ‘there’s just not enough hours in the day’, but the truth is everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, and though people may have more help than others, we are the product of what we give our energy to. The first step in successfully managing our time is to be aware of what you are doing with your time. Screen Time on iPhone is an interesting way to see how much time we may be wasting on social media and certain applications, and it’s a good idea to put a limit on this as we could be using those 15 minutes we spend scrolling through Instagram for something much more productive. Apps like Toggl and RescueTime are also great for helping people be intentional about their productivity, and will even go as far as blocking websites that may be distracting for you.

2) Make lists and break each task down 

We all know about the benefits of a list, but this really is an incredible way to gain clarity on everything we need to do. Plus, it’s such a great feeling of accomplishment when you tick something off a list, especially when you get to the end of the day knowing you achieved everything you set out to do. Break each task down into mini-tasks that feel attainable, which feels less overwhelming and you will gain a sense of progression as it all comes together. I love my Passion Planner, which breaks each week down into weekly personal and work to-do lists, a weekly focus and a daily focus to help you to be really specific while also focusing on the overall bigger picture of what you want to achieve. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

3) Set a time limit for each task, then focus and commit fully

Someone once told me to set a timer for each task I had to do, which is incredibly useful. When you feel as though you have a million things to do, give yourself a time limit to work with. I like to start my day by reviewing everything I want and need to do, then work backwards from the end of the day. The best way to get things done on time is to focus and commit fully to one thing at a time, free from distraction. This same mentality applies to good time-keeping and ensuring you arrive everywhere on time. I guarantee once you set limits on the time you give to each task and fully commit to it, you’ll see how much you can actually achieve. Plus, if you finish a task early, you can use the remaining time to take a little break, to stretch or read for a few moments.

4) Set a schedule, not a deadline

James Clear, author of ‘Atomic Habits’ advises that we should ‘set a schedule, not a deadline’, as the best way to ‘achieve your goals is to set a schedule to operate by rather than a deadline to perform by’. He says that ‘instead of giving yourself a deadline to accomplish a particular goal by (and then feeling like a failure if you don’t achieve it), you should choose a goal that is important to you and then set a schedule to work towards it consistently.’ I think this is really important as then we have daily tasks to work on that are all part of a bigger picture, allowing us to feel a constant sense of progression and achievement.

5) Plan ahead and be prepared

Preparation is key and helps things to keep moving smoothly. The worst thing we can do for productivity is not have a plan as this leads to procrastination and wasting time. If you have an early start, think about what you can do the night before to ensure your morning runs to time. Pack your bag, have your outfit planned and your breakfast prepared so you can grab and go.  ‘Meal prep’ is also incredibly useful if you have a busy week ahead and help you to stay healthy and energized when you may not have a lot of time to cook. These things may sound small, but they make a big difference and really help to keep stress levels low, giving you have the mental clarity to focus on the important things!

6) Prioritize

An effective time-management tip is to start with the most important tasks as we have the most energy at the beginning of the day, plus that feeling of accomplishment will carry through the rest of the day. Mark Twain alluded to this when he said, ‘if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.’ Be mindful of what you give you time to and make sure you are putting the important things first. Ask yourself what do you really need to do to feel accomplished today, then do that.

7) Have Keystone Habits

In the book ‘The Power of Habit’, Charles Duhigg discusses the power of having keystone habits, which are habits in your daily life that lead to the development of many other positive habits. An example of this for a lot of people is exercise. After exercise, they want to eat cleaner and healthier which makes them feel good, they notice they have more energy which leads to productivity, they feel happier which leads to a more positive outlook, which may lead to their relationships starting to thrive, and so on. Having a healthy nighttime routine is a good keystone habit as this leads to a good night’s sleep, which means you can wake up early feeling rested and clear-headed, ready to seize the day! Discover the keystone habits that you can implement on a daily basis to make a difference for you.

8) Take time for YOU and get inspired!

This seems to be something we all struggle with, and yet it may be the most important thing of all. Taking time for ourselves so we can recharge helps us to regain focus and inspiration, meaning we have a renewed sense of motivation when we return to our tasks. It’s okay to say no, to cancel or turn down plans in favor of allowing ourselves to recuperate or do something that feels good. Life is about having a balance and it is vital that we include ourselves in that mix by having all-important ‘you’ time. Remember the saying ‘you can’t drink from an empty cup’. Ask yourself what you need to do each week to keep you cup full! In life, there can be so much to do that it all feels overwhelming and often we don’t know where to start because we are giving so much of ourselves to other things. Make sure you incorporate something each day to give you your daily and weekly source of inspiration to reignite your fire. It can be something as small as listening to an podcast about something that fascinates you on your daily commute, or waking up 30 minutes before your family so you can meditate. Whatever it is, know that carving out quality time for you is crucial. Self-love isn’t selfish!

Apply these tips over the next month and see how it impacts your daily life. It takes 21 days to turn something into a habit, so set an intention to be your best, most productive self and take note of how your life expands exponentially. You can do it! 

007 is a woman!

Black actress Lashana Lynch is taking over the iconic role

There’s a new spy in town! British actress Lashana Lynch has just been announced as the new 007 in the Bond franchise. Although Daniel Craig will still have the titular role of James Bond, the codename of 007 has been reassigned to a new character, played by Lynch. This new plotline comes as Bond leaves MI6 and is “called back to action to fight a new villain”, as quoted from an anonymous “movie insider” who also says that “there is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says “come in 007”, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.”

Daniel Craig with Naomie Harris, centre, and Lashana Lynch in Jamaica. Photograph: Gilbert Bellamy/Reuters

Originally from West London, Lynch made her film debut in 2011’s ‘Fast Girls’ though her breakthrough role came earlier this year in Captain Marvel as fighter pilot Maria Rambeau. Now, she will step into the role of Nomi, who is initially seduced by Bond but refuses his advances.

This isn’t the only display of girl power shaking up the 25th Bond movie. British writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Fleabag’, ‘Killing Eve’) came on board to polish up the existing script, making her the second female writer in the history of the franchise. 

Waller-Bridge, who’s shows are known for digging deep into the female psyche, is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, “There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. “[The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.”

Speaking to Deadline in May, she also mentioned how she was excited to make the female characters “feel like real people”, explaining that it “brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.”

From hiring a female 007 to recruiting a female screenwriter, both of these moves have been widely praised as they steer the famed franchise into a new era, allowing it to remain current and become more inclusive. 

Inspirational Words From One Incredible Young Man

Regardless of the dark times you’ve seen, you CAN turn your mind–and your life–around. Rowan Tyne, still only a teenager, has gone from severely depressed to smiling and ready to bring people up with him. You’ve got to see the passion and wisdom this young guy has; it’s pretty extraordinary. He’s proof of the importance of freeing our true voices, our inner songs, for the world to hear. Here are some brief words from the man himself:

“I am an 18 year old young man and I have really big dreams. After healing years of deep inner wounds over the past year and a half I have felt a calling to help people enjoy their lives more and live with purpose.

Please share this video and spread the message it carries!

Unconditional Love, Rowan Tyne”

This was a My Uplifting Content Submission. Thank you Rowan for submitting your work to the Uplifting Content Community. We are so grateful to you for making a difference and uplifting people in your own special way.

Learn more about how to have your Uplifting Content featured here.


Secrets To Finding Fulfillment And Success

It’s all about now. And using the now to thrust yourself, with faith, into the future. You don’t know how things will turn out, but you can trust that if you figure out what you love, and then focus on doing that regardless of others’ opinions, things will work out great.

This video will help show you that there’s a way–led by your intuition, by your courage–to keep starting over even after you’re knocked down. To relentlessly live your life and not anyone else’s.

This montage of powerful video clips and strong words will leave you awe-inspired, shocked, and wanting to be one of those people who goes hard until they make it. It will make you want to see what you’re capable of. You must remember, you are capable of more than you think you are.

So go find out because no one else can but you! Share the video to inspire others too!

A Woman Who Once Had Just $11.42 To Her Name Now Inspires Millions

Whether you’ve hit rock bottom or not, take just a couple minutes and listen to Lisa Nichols, an inspirational woman who bounced back from her own low point. She sits across from Steve Harvey on his show and articulately and passionately relates her story in a way that will draw you right in and make you want to become a better person for yourself, and for your loved ones.

At one terrifying point, she had nothing more than $11.42 and an eight-month-old son. She’s proof that even when there seems like no way out, there is always a way to be rescued. Lisa’s message to us is that she is her own rescue and we can be ours.

Watch and share the inspiration with others!

Lisa Nichols – Rescue Yourself

With her 8-month old son, Lisa Nichols only had $11.42 in the bank.

Posted by Goalcast on Monday, July 31, 2017

Denzel Washington’s Secrets To Success

One of the most famous movie actors, Denzel Washington, delivers quite the commencement speech at Dillard University. He was never a model student, which we find out when he admits to having a 1.7 college GPA, so you can imagine the way he must have felt about his future prospects. But one day, a woman at the beauty parlor had a prophecy for him. (You’ll have to watch the video to find out what it was.)

What we can learn from him is that we’ll never know how the future will be, but by setting goals, and dreaming big, we can at least know we will eventually be successful.

To get there, Denzel has some concise, memorable, wise words (and the experience to back it up). Watch and share this video because it applies to everyone, not just college grads!

Denzel Washington – Make a Difference

This woman made an incredible prediction to Denzel Washington

Posted by Goalcast on Monday, August 14, 2017

The Power Of Making A Simple Decision

Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones, was once just a regular guy who felt stuck in his mundane data processing job. Despite his unhappiness, he stayed at the job, being fearful of what change might entail. I’m sure many of us can relate, no?

Well, at 29 he made a decision: no matter what, he would, from then on, be a working actor. And indeed, he’s been a working actor ever since. You might be older than 29, but it’s really never too late to start something entirely new.

Maybe hearing Peter’s story will be enough of a push to go staunchly and unapologetically in the direction of your dreams. To hear his take, watch this short video, and share with your people!

Peter Dinklage – Light Up The Night

Who is catching the season finale of Game of Thrones tonight?

Posted by Goalcast on Sunday, August 27, 2017