We’ve been talking about living with a purpose for quite some time. By now you’ve thought quite a bit about what you may want to change or tweak in your own life to live more intentionally and with more purpose. Ideally, you will have started to incorporate some of those ideas and are starting to live more purposefully.
Old habits are hard to break, and it’s not uncommon to slip back into familiar behavioral patterns that no longer align with your wish to live more intentionally. In addition, there will be things and people tempting you to wander away from the path as well. You may have the best of intentions to live healthier or example and take better care of your body, but when you walk into the break room at work, there’s a big box of doughnuts tempting you. Or maybe you are trying hard to be more patient and understanding with your young children on a day when they are determined to push all your buttons and test the limits of your dedication to your new level of patience you’re trying desperately to develop. It happens. Life is messy, and there will always be things that go wrong and people who intentionally or unintentionally try to lead us down the wrong path.
The best way to deal with temptations is to expect them. They are going to show up sooner or later. If they surprise you, you will be more likely to give in. If you know they are coming; you can guard yourself better against them. Learn from each temptation and realize that each one you successfully conquer makes you stronger and more determined to stay your course.
Even with the best intentions and have our guard up against temptation, that we can end up heading down the wrong path. Life happens, and sometimes things are out of our control. At other times, we may not notice that we’ve chosen a wrong turn until we’re well down the wrong path. It’s ok. It happens. It’s simply time to change course and get back on track. This is why it is important to review what your life purpose is and if you’re headed in the right direction. This allows us to see what’s happening and if what we’re doing is still aligned with our intentions, our purposes, and our values. Make sure you take this time for reflection and adjust as needed as you go along on this exciting journey of living a purpose driven life.
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