I used to be the person who would freak out every time death came up as a conversation topic. Not because of the fear of dying, but because I instantly felt the pressure to start to find meaning in my life and make an impact while I still had time.
I’d look back on my life with dissatisfaction and decide to be all in with my new and improved life, only to drop it about two weeks later until thinking about my inevitable death came up again. Then the cycle would start over.
This cycle sucked. So, I decided to stop doing it. Once I did, I learned that there were some BIG differences between finding your life purpose and goals, and I wanted to share them with you.
You’ll be relieved to know the difference between finding your life purpose and goals because it’s going to let you take the pressure off yourself and stay committed to your long term life vision.
Let’s start with the most obvious difference.
Finding Your Life Purpose VS Goals
Finding your life purpose involves figuring out who you want to become and finding out how to become her (aka how to start connecting to your higher self).
Living life aligned with your purpose is all about the journey to make it happen; there is no deadline. If you’re thinking you should have already accomplished your purpose and shaming yourself, consider this as your sign to stop that!
On the other hand, goals are like steps to finding your life purpose and living it that do have timelines. Your life purpose should take up most of your life, so if you haven’t found it or are working on it, consider yourself right on track.
Goals are different from finding your life purpose because goals will be what you’re going to use to evaluate yourself to see how in alignment you’ve been with the higher version of yourself you want to become. That’s why they have timelines on them.
But finding your life purpose is all about growing, evolving, and stepping into your authentic self as you delve deeper into self-discovery. If you put a time limit on that, you’ll cut your growth.
Both Finding Your Life Purpose and Goals Require Commitment (but different types)
Goals build your self-trust, but finding your life purpose requires it.
This is probably the most significant difference between the two, and if there’s ONE thing you take away from this episode of Monica Chats, please let this be it.
As you set goals and accomplish them by the time you say you do, you’ll start to build your trust within yourself. Meaning, when you say you’re dong to do something, you’ll start to believe it. Your word is going to start meaning more to you than when it did when you said you would do something to improve your life, but didn’t.
But when you’re finding your life purpose, and you’re growing and evolving, you won’t know all the exact steps you need to take, and when that happens, you’ve got to be able to trust yourself.
Goals require a commitment to execute. You have to tap into more than your will power to stick with it, which is why when you DO execute them, the respect you have for yourself grows. Finding your life purpose requires your commitment to growth.
This is probably the most challenging commitment to keep of them all. Growing literally means becoming greater over a period of time. To me, this means continuing to hold yourself accountable for becoming the person you want to become, no matter what your current circumstance is.
This is why having a coach is so valuable. A coach will help you hold yourself accountable to taking action that you know you need to do to become that version of you that you want to be. If you don’t have someone in your life that will do that for you without judgment, I’d be happy to coach you into becoming the highest version of yourself. You can schedule a free consultation call when you’re ready.
The parts that overlap
Staying committed to both finding your life purpose and goals help you overcome adversity more quickly. Doing both will build your resiliency when things go wrong and your resourcefulness when circumstances that get in the way pop up.
Both also require forward-thinking instead of looking for instant gratification. It’s so much easier to sit and watch Netflix instead of doing things that will make you grow. Staying stagnant is comfortable, and thinking about what’s easiest at the moment feels good. But only thinking about what’s most comfortable at the moment is the best way to ensure you stay right where you are.
Changing the quality of your life costs instant gratification. Finding your life purpose and setting goals and executing them will cost temporary comfort, but if that means living a fulfilling life, I’d say it’s worth it.
The Big Picture
Once you let go of the need to accomplish your life purpose right away and set goals that will eventually help you get there, you won’t be in such a rush to get there. Think about it, if you’re pressuring yourself to start finding your life purpose and living it right now, it’s almost like rushing your entire life.
Seeing the difference between the two allows you to enjoy this present moment and work towards a better future and a life that makes an impact.
You’ve got this.