We spend a lot of time and energy lamenting, 'What's wrong with me?' but what if we forgot about 'what's wrong' for a moment and considered 'what's right?' How much better would you feel if you spent your days thinking about what's right?
As part of my series on self awareness, today I've got an exercise for you that will shine a spotlight on your work purpose.
But what is a work purpose? I'm not sure there is a formal definition but this description of a vocation sums it up for me: Vocation: a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. It's a job, a profession, a means of making money or a way of life that fits. It fits your interests, your strengths, your lifestyle and your life.
It's time to fess up. Are you a perfectionist? Do you set yourself high standards and then get cranky when you don't live up to them? Do you expect a lot from others and then get disappointed when they don't cut it? Are you procrastinating over something because it's easier to do that than to face the possibility that you won't do it perfectly?
Perfectionism is a curse that many of us live with but there is hope. You can overcome it - or at least temper it a bit so that life is not quite so overwhelming.
When we wake to news of terror and tragedy as we did on the weekend we have a choice in how we respond. We can be consumed by fear and anger; horrified by what has transpired and immobilised by the shared grief of millions. This is a natural response.
Or we can choose hope and gratitude.
Neither will change the situation in France, Beirut or Baghdad. Neither will wind back the clock to find another path, a parallel course in which everyone gets home safely.