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Seek a Purpose in Life

Written by: Terese

Greetings NSTEPpers!

As 2021 begins to wrap up, we can start to think about how 2022 is going to look. Are you someone who makes New Year’s resolutions? What kind of goals have you made in the past? Do you feel you have achieved them? If you need some help getting started, here is something to think about: when you are empowered and feel you have a purpose, it’s easier for you to help others. It may feel selfish but start with yourself first. What can this look like in practice? 

Here are some ideas.

Make yourself a vision board or a 1 year plan.

If you are visual or like doing crafts, use fun pens and decorations to make it stand out! Start with listing goals you think are attainable, i.e. finishing school, running 5 km without walking, or learning a new skill. What do YOU want for yourself? Then, throw in some fun goals, i.e. learning how to juggle, completing a certain hike, visiting a certain place. 

Follow your hobbies.

Pursuing one of your interests is good for both your heart and your mind. This is also a great opportunity to bring some of your friends and family together! 

List your superpowers.

What makes you unique? What are you really good at? If you have ever had compliments from other people, write those down too. This list is a good reminder of who you are and can help you remember your purpose.

Take time each day or each week to write down your successes and upcoming goals.

Long-term goals are great to keep in the back of your mind for your “end” goal, but can sometimes seem far away. Creating smaller short-term goals for your upcoming week is a great way to help you celebrate your small wins. Short-term goals are also a good way to monitor any challenges or barriers you are experiencing in reaching your goals so you can address them as soon as possible. You got this!

It’s probably been a while since most of us have been on an airplane, but remember the oxygen mask rule: put it on yourself before you help others. By taking the extra steps to make you the best version of yourself, you are also creating the best you for others. Sounds like a win-win!

Happy Holidays, NSTEPpers!

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