This blog was originally published at NganHNguyen.com and has been republished here with permission.
We don’t always know what our life purpose is or what our true path should be but we do get clues and that comes from our discontent.
We don’t always know what our life’s purpose or journey is supposed to be or we may have so dreams we are overwhelmed with them all. However, one thing is for sure: if we are feeling restless or discontent we are not living our dreams! Feelings of discontent and longings for something else, even when we don’t know for sure toward what we are being drawn, are actually calls from a deeper part of ourselves to pursue our greater good. We discover true desire by first noticing discontent.
When you experience discontent or feel restless and you’re not sure why, don’t shut it out just because you don’t know what it means. When you shut off your yearnings you become numb and paralyzed to create something more interesting. Bring those inner rumblings to the front of your mind for examination. These rumblings are nudging you toward a more meaningful existence and urging you not to settle for mediocrity. By opening yourself up to them for examination you are allowing your discontent to lead you toward your purpose.
Turn discontent into a stepping stone by deciphering the message
Learning to become your own greatest authority on your life and your desires are the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
We also need to be aware of messages from those around us and not let others criticize us into shutting down our dreams, or even our discontent. Restlessness is our life speaking to us, telling us there is more out there and we are not here to lead limited cramped lives. Allow your true voice to be louder and ring truer than anyone else’s. We are not here to settle for less than our purpose, nor should we settle for what anyone else limits us to. Each and every one of us has infinite potential for creating whatever it is we want to create.
There is a wealth of information available that promises to help in any way we can imagine and they are highly effectively but they are tools. There is no shortage of information and you can find thousands of articles and books on just about any topic, yet there continues to be new books written and new strategies provided. People are still looking for answers. The answer doesn’t come from outside of you. Books and information are tools, and tools are best used when you have an objective in mind. Clarity on the objective comes from turning toward your discontent, asking yourself the right questions, listening, and deciphering the clues. If you would like some help on what questions to ask, I published a short pamphlet called 7 Powerful Questions To Discover Your Dream Life that guides you through a journey of inquiry so you can achieve clarity on what you desire. After you gain clarity on what you desire, all the tools and information available will be much more impactful and effective because you will know the bigger picture of what you desire.
Discontent does not show up in our lives for no reason. It is a signal that something needs to change.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress. -Thomas Edison
Dreams and desires pull at us, tug at us, speak to us, and will not leave us alone because we are not meant to live cramped lives. Let these inner frictions rub until they create the spark that will ignite the fire of your own purpose. You will know when your desire is sincere when just talking about it gives you energy and incites motivation in you, even when fruition is far off. Harness your positive energy to partake in the plan that is in store for you. In doing so, you will be honoring your discontent and letting it lead you to your greater good.
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