We all have various labels that we pick up during life that describe who we are or what we do as determined by ourselves or others and often more broadly by society.
Take a moment to consider what the labels are that you carry? Perhaps it is ‘mother’, ‘father’, ‘sister’, ‘the responsible one’, ‘the failure’, ‘the achiever’, ‘the sensitive one’, ‘the dreamer’, ‘the carer’ or perhaps a certain job title. Whatever the labels are, ask yourself now whether they feel like a good fit for you or do they make you feel like you are being backed into a corner with nowhere to go?
What responsibilities do you carry with these labels and do they feel good or do they feel like a burden? What stories do you tell yourself about what you need to do or be to fulfil these roles and responsibilities? Is there a belief you need to fulfil these roles to keep others happy? And do these labels conflict with what your heart truly desires?
If your heart’s desires and your reality match then well done! Keep doing what you are doing!
For many there is a significant gap between roles that feel authentic and the reality of the day to day grind. Hence the rapidly growing rates of depression and anxiety as people accumulate increasing pressures and feelings of responsibility that are out of synch with where they feel they want to be. This creates a sense of inner conflict. This may not be conscious but present as a gnawing feeling of discontent and a feeling of ‘there should be more to life than this’.
How do you change this story?
It can be scary to step out of the safety net of others’ expectations. Of standing out from the crowd. We are hard-wired as humans to feel safer fitting in and to be part of the status quo. In pre-historic times if you didn’t fit in with the tribe or tried to tread your own path it could put you in great danger as safety lay in being part of and cooperating with the group.
So how do you start to create a life that feels more authentic to you? Here are some questions to ask yourself to begin mapping out what a more heart-driven life might feel like to you.
These questions help you to define your values. Values are our guiding principles about what is important to us. When we don’t live in a way that fits with our values, or are living to fit in with other people’s values, life can feel quite unfulfilling and dissatisfying.
What is the first step you can take now to create a life more in tune with your authentic self and what your heart truly desires? Baby steps are a great way to test the waters and infinitely better than no steps at all!
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