“Be all you can be” has been the Army’s theme line for 20 years, and most likely you have heard it more than once. I often ask myself how many people have stopped to truly analyze the meaning of those five short words. You see, you may be somewhat contented with the way things are in your life, but that is not to say that you are being all you can be.
If you were performing at your highest potential, you wouldn’t be somewhat contented, but completely fulfilled. If that is you, then accept my apologies. This article is not for you.
Still reading? Then you are still looking for what makes you tick, still aspiring for something deeper, better and more meaningful in life.
Even if you are submerged in problems, don’t let that be the cause of your not pursuing all that you can be. Aspirations, dreams and goals should be allowed to live within your heart so you can live a life of purpose and fulfillment.
Let’s review a few points so you can discover what makes you tick.
1. Do you know what it is you really want?
If you’ve been on the path of self growth for awhile, you know this is the eternal question that keeps on popping up every time you read personal development material. Seems like most everybody should be able to answer that question rather fast, but you know it is not as easy as it sounds.
While you may have a long list of things you want to do in life, once you probe a bit you’ll discover just a handful of them are truly significant. It is your duty to discover what makes you tick so you can pursue those things that will create fulfillment in your life.
Start by sorting out the things that you are good at; those activities that you enjoy so much that you end up getting involved that you lose track of time as the world around you appears to be non-existent. Explore your abilities, your talents and your experiences. Diligence is key to uncover your real purpose.
2. Do you need to change?
According to your findings, you may discover that some things need to change if you are to pursue your new path. Most likely, this will look close to impossible at first; but if you are listening to your heart, you will find a way to change and do whatever it takes in order to reach your intended destination.
Initially, all changes seem difficult. After all, we are creatures of habit. However, changes are attainable when you are moving from the heart. It just takes commitment, determination and a solid plan of action. The end result will be worth it!
3. Can you see the bright side in your new discovery?
With so much happening around you, with your many obligations and responsibilities, sometimes it’s going to seem as if there was no room to even consider a change. At times, it may all seem so farfetched and out of this world that you may be tempted to return to your prior “state” and settle in your known lifestyle.
It is in these moments when you must strive to remain faithful to your dream. Think often on what makes you tick and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Be true to your calling, and you will see the bright side for sure!
4. Are you comfortable with your chosen path?
There’s always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding everything in life. You are a unique individual and as such, you have the exclusive right to decide what path to follow. If you are uncomfortable at any time with your decision, you must explore the “why”.
Make sure your being uncomfortable has nothing to do with the act of changing itself. As mentioned above, we are creatures of habit. This is why changes in general can make us feel uncomfortable. If the later is the case, just keep on pressing forward and with faith until the change becomes part of your new way of being.
5. Have you done enough for yourself?
While going through this process, feelings of guilt may make themselves present. This is because most of us have been taught that it is nobler to be of service to others, so we grow up thinking of others first.
However, this brings discontentment and in large doses it can be dangerous for us and those in our immediate circle of influence. Always remember that when we do positive things for ourselves, we will also benefit those around us. When you decide to do something of value for yourself, you’ll see positive changes in your life and you will do things you could have never imagined doing.
6. Are you happy with where you are today?
This may seem like an unfair question so let it be answered! You may be happy with some aspects of your life, like being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, a good partner and a good worker. However, once you discover what makes you tick; your life takes new heights that will change your life for the better. Your kids and partner will love you forever. And the same goes for everything else in life!
7. How much could you have?
There is no rule that dictates how much or how little you could have. You are the only one to determine that. While greed is not a positive quality, in reality the sky is the limit. The only aspect to be conscious about is keeping your feet firmly planted on the floor. Never forget the intention of pursuing your dreams: that of feeling fulfilled, which seldom has to do with material possessions.
8. What is your motivation?
This is an answer you have to find out for yourself. There may be many things that can make you happy, but to choose “the one” that will keep you pressing forward when the going gets tough may be hard to determine at first. Dedicate some time to explore your feelings and discover your motives to find the real “reason” behind your goal. This is extremely important as it will keep you from giving up whenever you feel like it.
So, have you discovered what makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but realize it takes work, determination, commitment, action and time to achieve anything worthwhile. Do not think on the problems you may find on the way. That would be the equivalent to giving up before you even start your journey. You will cross those bridges when you get to them, one by one. Always remember that self growth and improvement is a life time process. Moreover, it is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it’s about having the courage to follow your calling.