Fill In the Blanks: If I could only _____ I would _____.
Several weeks ago, nearly 30 women from across the country came together to reveal what they discovered in this question. With only one hour to share what they learned, they opened up to two other strangers in their group and bared their unspoken hopes.
Not easy. Not perfect. It was humbling. It was messy and awkward. But it was true and it was real. It was comforting to meet others who shared the same struggles – who openly listened and didn’t judge. And it was magnificent – even in all the misses or imperfections of the exercise.
In asking the question, they took a different path to the very idea of purpose. Purpose provides your reason for living. It gives you meaning. It is the spark that makes you uniquely “you” and can drive you to all you are meant to be. Purpose gives what you do nobility and importance.
There is a myth. We too often believe we need permission to be who we want to be. Our doubt stops us – or lets others stop us. In truth, the answers and the direction come from within.
When you understand why this chosen purpose drives you, it makes it easier to understand and own your truths. For when you claim your truths, you defy those things and people who can break you. You choose curiosity, joy and fulfillment with a tenacity that allows you to ferociously hold on to what feeds your spirit and gives meaning to your life.
Here are a selection of responses from the group to “If I could only…”. What resonates with you?
- See the next steps.
- Find the time.
- Lose my fear.
- Detach from the identity I have tied to my work.
- Not feel alone.
- Find balance.
- Make thoughtful decisions.
- Not feel overwhelmed.
- Stop running in circles.
- Find meaning.
- Seek calm.
- Feel centered.
- Be more satisfied.
- Stop running on empty.
- Let go.
- Know where to start.
- Move forward.
Ask yourself the question and explore what it unlocks for you.
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