The Purpose of Others

This month, April, is all about purpose.  Today let’s talk about one of  the biggest challenges to living your life’s purpose.

Recently I was speaking with a client and she was telling me how she struggles with finding support from others.  It’s unfortunately common to have trouble being properly supported throughout life.  It’s hard to live your purpose, or live a happy life, without the support and companionship of others.  After all, we’re all on the planet together because we’re not supposed to be alone.  Your purpose is no good unless there are others who can benefit from your life purpose.  Your purpose isn’t just about you!

So in order to live your life’s purpose, you need the support (and interaction with) others.  Here are a couple of ideas on having support as you live your life’s purpose.

1-choose your friends wisely. If your current friends don’t support you, help you or truly want what’s best for you, find new friends.  You don’t necessarily have to cut them out of your life (although that may be what’s necessary), but make new friends who you can hang out with and support each other.  It’s been said before that you become like the 3 people you spend the most time with.  So if you don’t want to be like them, it’s probably time for some new friends.

2-have at least 2 friends that you can physically be with who support you.  These may be family members, or they may be just friends.  But actually having a person you can touch and be with face to face is important.

3-have friends around the world who support you.  I’ve made a couple of great friends through Twitter and Facebook.  I know if I’ve got a business challenge or need a bit of encouragement I can email them or Facebook them and they will be there to support and encourage me, as I am for them.  Because of how the world has changed it’s almost easier to make these friendships because there are so many people in the world and so few within your local area who are like-minded.

4-I’ve been alluding to this, but not only do you need people in your life who can support you, often you need to ask for support!  Don’t be afraid to ask if you need help or are stuck.  If you’ve got those right relationships set up, you should know exactly who to ask for guidance on a particular subject.

The bottom line is that we can’t go through life without others, nor should we.

Do you know your purpose?  Get some tips on discovering your purpose here.

Who do you have in your life that supports you?  Share your thoughts on support systems below.

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