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It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true. 

—Sara E. Anderson

 Are you living your purpose or are you chasing money, materialism, and things outside yourself? When you’re living a life of meaning, you are living from your heart, and when you’re chasing something outside yourself, you’re living in your head and going through the motions of what we were told would make us happy. When you’re living from and sharing your gift from your heart, you feel great, and you’re content with who you are and what you get to do.

When you live from your head, you’re chasing things outside of yourself, believing they will give you the same feeling as living your purpose in life from the heart and soul. If you are doing this, living this way, you may not know what this feeling of living your purpose actually feels like. You may be suffering from the “more” disease—I don’t have enough, I want more, and when I get more, then I’ll want more, because more will make me happy. I’m not trying to say having nice things will make you unhappy or that this is bad. I’m saying if you are not happy with yourself, then something outside of yourself will not bring you joy.

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Where did the message of “I’m not enough” and that something external is what I need to be good enough? One source is the commercials we have seen since we have been young kids spewing over and over again the message of: I am not enough but the thing I’m selling will make you enough; you’ll be happy, you’ll be rich, you’ll be famous, you’ll be beautiful, desirable, cool, popular, interesting, thin, successful. . . This story has been programmed into us since we were too young to talk. Buy this and you’ll be popular and make your friends envious! Buy this and woman (or men) will be fighting over you. Buy this and you’ll lose weight and feel good about yourself.

I still remember being on the hamster wheel of “there’s something out there going to make me enough.” I was willing to work at a job I did not get any fulfillment from to make money so I could buy things that I thought would make me happy. I was willing to work five days a week at something I didn’t like to have two days of freedom. I got involved in some “get rich” schemes, because when I got that fast and easy money then I would be happy and be somebody. Thank God I woke up from this nightmare by questioning my thoughts and learning to live and be guided by my heart.

A powerful tool to find joy, purpose, and peace is to learn to use the questioning attitude. And the very first place to start is by questioning your own thoughts. I know it’s a little weird, but that’s where our power comes from—the ability to question what we have been programmed with without even being aware of it. It is so much easier to see someone else’s programming—think of someone who doesn’t like someone for the color of their skin, because that’s what was taught to them as a kid. It’s easy for us to see their programming, but they have no idea they learned these unconscious thoughts that are disempowering them and controlling them.

Are you living the life you know you deserve to live? Are you excited and content with your life? If you answered “no” to these questions, then question your own thoughts, because there’s an unconscious belief holding you back.

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The key to wisdom is this – constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.

Peter Abelard