What does 'Life on Purpose' mean?
I am part of an online community called Breakaway Movement. It's a huge group of online entrepreneurs and a training platform for online marketing. The opportunity was presented to me by a friend from high school and I really felt called to the experience. She runs a team within Breakaway called Life on Purpose Project. So what does life on purpose mean? Life on purpose means being present and choosing every step of the way. You know that feeling when you get home from work and you don't even remember the drive home? So many of us live our lives on autopilot, a slave to a routine. We get into a habit of going through an entire day without focusing on anything we're actually doing.
Here's a quote from one of my favorite books:
"For pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years. You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement. There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it. About the future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future -- you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college."
- Paper Towns. John Green.
Sure, planning is good. It keeps us from going completely bankrupt and losing our jobs and becoming homeless. But what if we spent much more time thinking about our present than our future? What if we lived everyday on purpose?
This is such a huge obstacle for someone with chronic anxiety. One of the biggest traits of someone with an anxiety disorder is overplanning. I will spend 3 hours planning and visualizing and thinking about a trip to the grocery store that will take me 30 minutes in reality.
Joining the team Life on Purpose Project was a huge step for me. I see those words so many times throughout my day and it brings me back to the present. It makes me think about what I'm doing and ask myself if that contributes to my purpose.
So go ahead and plan. But don't let the planning outweigh the doing. Live life on purpose.