I don’t know about you, but I have always been conscious of the fact that spring is a season of rebirth and rejuvenation in many areas of my life and day-to-day activities.
A favorite mantra that I’ve adopted for this purpose is this:
Why not take a few moments to see how you can refresh your current state of mind and start out the season with a renewed outlook on life?
Many of us are pulled in several different directions on a daily basis. Our families, friends, jobs, and other obligations leave us with so little time for ourselves. It becomes hard to remember why we have chosen a particular career path, why we love spending time with friends, or the amazing experiences we’ve had with our partners and children.
Today I’ll share some of my personal tips for making sure that there’s time and energy allocated to focusing on your purpose each day.
Spring Into Wellness – Contemplate & Rejuvenate
More than any other time of year, spring is a perfect season to begin anew. The snow and ice of winter are melting away, and the reemergence of life within nature becomes visible. The warming temperatures literally bring us out of the shells we call coats and thermal pajamas. We emerge from our hibernation and suddenly realize that the sun is out when we leave for work, and when we come back home again! (Secret confession: I hate getting up in the dark.)
This is the season where it seems appropriate – if not natural – to re-envision our purpose in life.
How To Focus On Your Purpose – 3 Questions To Ask Yourself:
- Why are we committed to a particular career path?
Is it for the money? For the status? Because we love what we do? Perhaps it’s a combination of all of these things.
- Are there any toxic friendships that we’ve been holding onto?
One of the hardest things in life is putting an end to relationships that we know are hopeless. In short, a “hopeless” relationship is one that is not satisfying. The needs of either party are not being met, and – in spite of best efforts to make changes – things continue to remain unbalanced in some way. Learn to spring clean unhealthy friendships and chances are you’ll feel more focused and less stressed.
- What is that ultimate goal that we have for ourselves, and no one else?
Making your personal goals a priority is not selfish. In fact, it’s healthy! As you take those tiny steps, working towards your own vision, there will be a sense of accomplishment. This creates more positive energy and builds confidence.
Dedicate some time, pamper yourself with whatever makes you feel peacful and calm. I love to put on my favorite comfy pj’s and make myself a tea. Go ahead and settle in with your favorite beverage and spend a few moments in quiet reflection, meditating thoroughly on the above questions. I find that journaling helps me put things in perspective. Everyone is different, so find what works for you. These questions aren’t easy. It’s possible that they may be questions you’ve put off asking yourself for that very reason.
Finding Time & Energy to Focus
Now that you have a better understanding of your purpose, how can you make sure that you don’t lose sight of it? As I already mentioned, our days and weeks are incredibly busy. Who has time to spend on themselves?!
Part of the attitude of renewal that you’re hopefully beginning to adopt is the willingness to set aside time for yourself and allocate energy to daily meditation and focusing exercises.
One simple way to center yourself each morning and evening, as you prepare for and then unwind from the day, is to have a mantra – or a favorite inspriational quote – placed in a spot where you’ll view it regularly. This might be on your bathroom mirror, next to the coffee maker, on your nightstand, or even in all of these places! Each time you see the mantra, stop for a minute. Say the words, either aloud or in your head. Gently remind yourself of your purpose and the goal(s) you wish to achieve.
In addition to these quick moments of refocusing throughout the day, try to set aside a larger chunk of time at least once a week to focus on yourself and the goals you’re striving for. If you’re aiming to spend more time building meaningful relationships, actively organize a date night with your partner or brunch with your friends. If you want to build your own business, take time each week to review your plans or attend relevant seminars. We’re apt to schedule time for everyone but ourselves these days – so take charge and put yourself in your own calendar!