I've been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to live a life full of passion and purpose. What makes some people highly successful while others never quite get there? I've read leadership books, listened to podcasts about what it takes to be a great leader and attended conferences to develop my leadership skills. I look at highly successful people and have observed some common themes. They tend to be lifelong learners, highly self disciplined and consistently pushing themselves to do harder and harder things.
As I look at my own life I have to ask myself which if any of those characteristics are true of me. The one glaring deficiency I see is that I lack self discipline. Even though I like to challenge myself by doing harder and harder things I tend to challenge myself in ways that I know I will succeed instead of in ways I may fail. My fear of failure is directly tied to the unfortunate tendency I have to try to prove my value as a human being by how well I perform. Too often I find that I shame myself for things I didn't do perfectly and downplay my successes. I end up living in a constant state of self condemnation and fear of failure. I can only guess at the number of opportunities that living in this cycle has robbed from me. I would love to be able to risk failure in order to do great things and still feel like I have self worth when I fail. In my pursuit of living a life of passion and purpose I've decided to do something about it! I've decided to tackle something really difficult called 75Hard. #75hard is a program created by Andy Frissella to develop mental toughness. You can find out more at https://andyfrisella.com/pages/75hard-info
My personal purpose statement is "I must live a life of passion and conviction in order to encourage, inspire and equip others to do the same." In order to live out that purpose I have to develop mental toughness! I'm starting this journey with a significant amount of fear of failure and insecurity. I'm also looking ahead with hope that my battle for mental toughness will pay off in 75 days and that I'll gain vital tools that will help me move forward in living out my purpose with every breath I breathe unhindered by fear and shame.