|Are you on the path to your life purpose?|
- Why am I here?
- What do I have to contribute that will make a difference?
- What do I value and believe in?
- Who do I serve?
- What expectations do they have of me?
- What do I offer that meets those expectations?
How you answer these questions can show if you are in a survival state or thriving, getting the most out of your life. Thrivers are those people who:
- Constantly reinvent themselves
- Are mentally agile and willing to risk
- Love life and live it to the full
- Accept joy and pain as part of the game
There are some distinct differences between survivors and thrivers:
|Stick to familiar||Need to explore|
|Feel secure||Expand potential|
|See work as labour||See work as a laboratory|
|Avoid pain||Seek growth|
|Do what’s necessary||Seek what’s possible|
|Learning as an effort||Learning is life|
|Blame past||Plan future|
|Find fault||Find solutions|
|Ask why?||Ask why not?|
|Point the finger||Are accountable|
|Self maintenance||Self discipline|
|Making money||Earning money|
|Taking orders||Discovering needs|
|Giving answers||Solving problems|
|Doing what is asked||Doing what adds value|
|WIIFM (What's in it for me?)||WIIF Us (What's in it for us?)|
|Putting out fires||Blazing a trail|
|What’s safe||What’s true|
|What can I Get||What can I Give|
|Future as Uncertain||Future as Unlimited|
You may instantly recognise which column you're sitting in at the moment. Is it where you want to be?
Thrivers go out to live their life purpose. They want to make a difference. They're not happy with the status quo. They want to contribute more.
The more cyncial survivors may look at this and think "It's okay for them. They don't have my restraints / obstacles / hardships (read, excuses)". Here's the thing, it's not always an easy journey for the Thrivers. They simply find a way over or around their roadblocks. They don't allow obstacles to get in their way, emotionally or otherwise.
If you choose to be curious around your life mission, to live your purpose, you will most likely encounter some interesting phenomena:
And if you persist you will often be rewarded with the most amazing synchronicity. Things you didn't notice before become blindingly obvious. Opportunities open up and you recognise them when they do. Coincidences occur. When you are eager and willing the Gods join in.
From time to time, it's worth asking yourself: Am I surviving or thriving? To thrive, follow your purpose, expect the resistance, enjoy the synchronicities. And most of all, enjoy the journey.