Leading a More Fulfilling Life – and an Anniversary!

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Do you know how to find your inspiration, or your purpose that will allow you to lead a more fulfilling life?

Ask yourself this: did you choose your life as it is? Did you follow the career path that you wanted, or did you allow family input to guide you?

Not everyone wants their life to be all about getting rich and working long hours. In fact, most of us don’t want that – we want to live out our passions and enjoy a life that is enjoyable and fulfilling. You can.

Finding Your Purpose

It truly doesn’t matter how young or how old you are, it’s never too late to change your life for the better. Finding your inspiration and your purpose means having the courage to do so. Your inspiration won’t necessarily be the same as your friend’s next door or even your spouse. It isn’t something that’s only for certain individuals, it lies within us all and everyone can live a fulfilling, purposeful life if they just find their inner passion.

Consider these three tips to help uncover your inspiration and lead you to fulfillment.

Venture Out of Your Comfort Zone

There’s a good chance that someone else plotted out how your life would progress. Perhaps your parents were teachers or doctors and wanted you to be the same. You might even have believed that’s what you truly wanted, too. At some point, you started to question your assumptions and preconceived notions about how you had long viewed your life.

Suddenly it isn’t enough, and you need to be challenged. Or perhaps you just want to go in a different direction. How you find that challenge is up to you, however, to find it you must leave your comfort zone.

If you dreamed of being a writer, there is nothing stopping you from doing it. It might mean leaving a well-paid job for the unknown. It might be a risk but consider the reward: leading a life that is truly fulfilling.

You might have to shrug off your comforts, biases, friends, and nerves, but if that’s what it truly takes, embrace it. As you change your path you will become ready to embrace life’s surprises and grow.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Impossible

Do you have a plan or an idea that people have laughed off and told you is impossible? While there may be times for you to listen, you can enjoy fulfillment by chasing your dreams. When you believe strongly in your goal you will push yourself harder to achieve it, even if it doesn’t seem rational. What is the biggest difference between good and great? Chasing the impossible.

Allow Your Values To Be Your Guide

fulfilling life purposeThere is nothing more difficult than passing up an offer or opportunity that could meet your every need. However, just because an offer is attractive and difficult to pass up… doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. You must make your decisions and choices according to your values.

Do you want to live a fulfilling life? Understanding your purpose in life, knowing your values, and following your inspiration along the chosen path will help you achieve success. Perhaps more importantly, though, is the fulfillment that comes with knowing your place in this world.

It doesn’t always require leaving everything behind, you might realize that you have absolutely everything that you have ever wanted and needed, but you’ve been overlooking just how incredible your life truly is. Take the time to look at all the amazing things in your life that you should be grateful for. You might just find that the only thing preventing you from leading a fulfilling life is your own attitude and biases.

 

This hits very close to home for me. I am an ophthalmologist – eye doctor – by training. I made the decision to go to med school when I was eleven. During residency, I knew I wasn’t going to retire from medical practice. It was difficult to explain – to my family, friends, fellow doctors – and even myself. I had to get OK with it too and realize that I didn’t waste the time and am not wasting the knowledge even now!

The truth is, I still love medicine and ophthalmology (and business – I have an MBA too) so I am going to use it. To that point, I have started my blog, plan to offer some e-courses, and am finishing up my first novel. I like being busy!

I understand how difficult it can be to make the decision to make that kind of change.  But with the courage of your convictions, you can.

 

Oh, yeah – Today is my 6-Month Transplantiversary!!!

 

Have a great Tuesday!

Loving Life—The Reboot!

Dominique

Comments

  1. Still Orphans

    High school graduates should read this post! I love how it also applies to everyone. I feel fulfilled in my life, but I’d love to add a hobby or two that gets me out of my comfort zone.

  2. Keegan

    What a wonderful post! I totally agree with getting out of your comfort zone-at all points in your life! You know what they say, that is where the growth happens!

  3. Kim S

    Wow, you are truly an inspiration. I admire you for venturing into so many different territories! And congrats on your transplant anniversary. I hope you’re doing and feeling well!

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  4. Ayana Aden

    Love this!! So true that any one decision you make can shape the rest of your life. I’m hoping that defining moment is the beginning of my blog. Great read!

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  5. Lacy

    I love this! This post speaks to me. Right now blogging feels like my purpose and passion yet it is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. I knew nothing about technology and computers and I am still learning. Thank you for sharing such a relatable post and happy anniversary 🙂

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