Are You Living Out Your Life’s Purpose?

Personal Development for Career Professionals

John C Maxwell believes that the two most important days in our lives are the day we are born, and the day we discover why. This really is true. I discovered last year that my life’s purpose is to encourage others to grow. And recently, while listening to some personal growth material, I was able to refine this purpose further to the one that I wrote about in my first post i.e. to help people grow into who they need to be to live out their dreams.

It is this purpose that gets me up each morning, as I can’t wait to learn more myself so that I can help others to do the same. Even writing about it now excites me!

Many of us go through our lives making certain assumptions about ourselves and what is important to us. But if we scratch the surface, we can sometimes find that these assumptions may be misguided, and what we thought was important really isn’t.

James Russel Lowel says: “no one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself”.

One of my favourite things about personal growth is that it leads to self-discovery. While this is often one of the first steps in the personal growth journey, this process continues throughout the journey as, the more we discover about ourselves, the deeper we look into ourselves, and the more we discover. During this process, we can discover many things, including what is going right in our personal and professional lives, and what is not, what our strengths and weaknesses really are, and what we really want to do with our lives.

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and really examine your life as it is now? What is working and what isn’t? What makes you really happy, and what drives you? Are you doing what you love, and do you love what you do? If you haven’t done this recently, I encourage you to do so ASAP!

If I can help in any way, please let me know in the comments section or, if you prefer, contact me directly.

Come With Me On A Journey

Personal Development for Career Professionals

I thought, that before I started posting on various aspects of personal growth, I’d briefly outline how I started on my personal growth journey, and where I am today.

When I first started on my personal growth journey, I had no idea what personal growth was, and that it would turn into a lifelong journey. I was being bullied at work, and attended a course on emotional intelligence, because it sounded interesting, and because it meant a day out of the office away from my bullying supervisor.

The woman who was running the course turned out to be a life coach and organisational psychologist. I really liked her, and thought that she may be able to help me find ways to cope with the bullying at work. So, I made an appointment to see her, and that was the beginning of my personal growth journey. The coaching sessions gave me the courage to tell my supervisor, to her face, that her management style was “making me ill”, that I was applying for another job, and that until I got that job, I wanted to work in another section. The sessions also helped me to discover that the most important thing for me in a job was to feel valued. Up until the day I left Government employment, I made sure that every supervisor knew from day 1 that if ever I didn’t feel valued, I would leave.

The next step in my personal growth journey came when I attended a course run by the Institute of Self-Actualisation. In this course I learned, among other things, to be aware of my thoughts, and that those thoughts didn’t necessarily equal reality. I built on this learning much later in courses run by Landmark, where I learned about mindfulness, and that life could be a series of possibilities.

The next step in my personal growth journey occurred when the Government Agency for which I was working at the time was downsized, and I chose to take a package. This forced me to look very hard at what I really wanted to do with my life, and it was then that I decided to start up my own network marketing business. I had watched other people run their own businesses, and secretly hoped that I could do the same one day. However I hadn’t before this, as I thought that my Government job was the safest option for me, and that I would work for the Government for the rest of my life.

Part of the training that I received as a new business owner was leadership training, using material from a number of books by John C Maxwell. This material had such a profound effect on my life that I eventually decided to join the John Maxwell Team (JMT), and become a certified John C Maxwell speaker, teacher, trainer and coach, so that I could share what I was learning with others.

It was then that my personal growth journey really took off! Before joining the JMT, all my growth had had occurred purely in response to things that were happening to me. However, after joining the JMT, my growth became highly intentional, and very focused. It wasn’t just about learning theories, it was about applying them to my life, and learning how to help others apply them to their lives.

I have discovered my true purpose in life, which is to help others grow to be the best they can be. I am doing what I am meant to do, and am happier now that I think I have ever been.

Are you truly happy doing what you are doing now? Are you doing what you were put on this earth to do?

If any of my story has resonated with you, please let me know in the comments. If you would like more information on how to start, or continue, on your personal growth journey, please let me know in the comments or via the contact form.


I Am Living Out My Dreams, Are You?

Personal Development for Career Professionals

We all have dreams. Some of us are holding onto our dreams, waiting for the right time or place or circumstance to bring them to pass. Some of us have buried our dreams, as we think they are impossible to achieve. Some of us are not sure what our dreams are, and just have an impression or feeling of what they might be. Some of us don’t even know we have dreams, but we all do.

I passionately believe that we can only find our dreams and bring them to pass by going on a journey of personal growth. I have been on this journey of personal growth for a long time now, and this is what this blog is about. It is because of this journey that I have found my dream, and am living it out. I want the same thing for you.

If you are not already on the personal growth journey, I would like to encourage you to come along with me on the journey. If you have already started your journey, I’d like to come alongside you and journey with you. My passion is to see people grow into the people they need to be so that they can bring their dreams to pass and do what they really want to do.