Not another New Year’s resolution

What if I told you you would probably fail at achieving your goals and New Year’s resolutions this year.

‘According to Forbes, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. So if setting goals, writing to-do lists and creating vision boards aren’t the answer, what is then? We can set all the goals we want and have a great vision, but without PURPOSE, those goals (big or small) are destined to fail.’

The above is an excerpt from my book, *LIVING ON PURPOSE. The Key To Change Your Life And Impact Others.’ Having worked with thousands of people over the years as a coach and speaker, I’ve come to realise the percentage on the left to be accurate. The concept of having a PURPOSE has, for a long time, fascinated me and in my earlier years similarly eluded me. You see, I was one of the 92% for many years. I had the best intentions but when ‘life’ happened, which it invariably does, I got derailed – and fast.

How many times have you drawn up a to-do list? Set New Year’s resolutions only to give up on it within days, weeks or months? How is the vision for your life working out? 

Here’s the clincher however: Are you living your life purposefully? Are your daily beliefs, thoughts and actions intentional and aligned with your goals? If you’re tired of settling for less than you desire and not living a life of fulfilment and impact, let’s change that. Let’s figure out your purpose, your ‘reason’ and your ‘why’ so that you can move forward – permanently.

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

Since discovering and connecting with my PURPOSE, I’ve been able to live an incredibly more fulfilling life – the life I’d always dreamt of – living WITH a purpose. Living ON purpose however, has offered me opportunities to impact the lives of others to a great extend – both human and animal. In my book, I share the insights and personal conversations I’ve had with world changers and social influencers in the world of business, sports, entertainment, medicine, music and philanthropy – previously ‘ordinary’ people like you and I—people who forged their paths by changing limiting thoughts, habits and self-beliefs in order to live their best lives and make a difference holistically.

One such person is Koo Govender – the first female CEO of VWV – the experiential agency behind the 2010 World Cup Soccer opening and closing ceremonies. Koo shares that “We, as human beings, should find our purpose and that purpose should lead us to being significant.”

Through the stories of others, I hope to inspire you to make the changes that you need to achieve the life that you want. You may be thinking, ‘I’m too old, too sick, too broke, have too many issues, have too much or too little of this, that or the next thing.’ Truth is, ‘The only thing standing between you and your goal is the B.S. story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.’ – Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street

Whoever and wherever you are in your life right now, there’s always room for improvement. There’s always an opportunity to impact – no matter how small and seemingly ‘insignificant’ it may initially seem. Do just one thing to impact the life of another. Take courage and do something TODAY towards living a life of significance.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’” —Unknown

All that is required is that you do better tomorrow. You absolutely can and deserve to be living your best life BUT you can only do it once you connect with your purpose – your reason for being. Together, we can discover your purpose so that you can connect with it and permanently change your life and even impact the lives of others in a greater way.

My prayer, like Ellen’s, is that you: Find out who you are, who you want to be and that you go and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this earth to be. Find that truth. And everything else will come. – Ellen DeGeneres

Written By Petra Laranjo Hourquebie.

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