Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself—be it meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.
On the homepage, I asked you if you are feeling a pull to live a bigger story, to do more, say more and be more. Those aren't trick questions, by the way, nor are they meant to send you on a guilt trip. Just the opposite, in fact. The more you fill the calling(s) you were put here to do, the happier and more fulfilled your life will be.
You feel the pull, you have the desire, so how do you fit it in and still meet all your other obligations? I get it. That's what some might say is the $64 million dollar question. Sometimes I think I'm the poster child for "women who do too much." Some days I get cranky at how much time the day-to-day minutiae sucks out of my life. But I push forward anyway, because "living a bigger story" is foundational to who I am.
How do you do it??
I have people ask me all the time "How to you find the time to do x,y,z." The honest answer is I don't find it, I make it. You can too. It's deciding what the "big rocks" are in your life and fitting them in first. Your calendar is your friend. Block out the time for doing the things that are YOUR bigger story. It's having a solid foundation of faith, of self-care, and of service.
It's taking action - imperfect action - instead of waiting for the perfect time, the perfect amount of money, or perfect amount of support. You know the adage - done is better than perfect. I first heard that concept from coach Tiffany Peterson and boy! It is so much easier to say than to do. Michael Hyatt says "Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination." Brené Brown reminds us that "When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun and fear is that annoying back seat driver." I'm a work in progress (although if you saw my house, you probably wouldn't think I struggle with perfectionism....) but I am trying to take imperfect action much more often.
We need each other. We're all in this together and man, this ride is exhilarating, exhausting, thrilling, full of anguish and joy. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'll leave you with one more quote from Victor Frankl, psychologist, Holocaust survivor and author of "Man's Search for Meaning" and a homework assignment:
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
Now your assignment: Take one action today that moves you one step closer to living a bigger life. I'd love to hear about it. Share here or come join our Facebook group and share with all of us!