I just finished up an amazing podcast with Michael Baxter, the owner of East Race Muscle. We had a deep conversation about addiction, finding your purpose, and leading with love.
The podcast won't be released for another few weeks -- sorry to ruin the fun -- but you can check out some of the other amazing episodes I've recorded here.
During our dialogue Mike laid out the two foundational elements he's discovered that have allowed him to take control of his life and create a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
The first principle is to find something bigger than yourself.
This doesn't have to be anything fancy. For Mike it was his kids that acted as a catalyst to do the inner work. For me it's knowing that I'm an example of what I want to see in the world.
The second principle is to take personal responsibility for your life.
You may not have a lot of control over what happens in your external environment, but you always have control over how you react or choose to respond. Are you a victim of circumstance or are you in charge of your life?
We all experience challenges in our lives. The difference is that some people see those challenges as obstacles preventing them from being and doing what they want; others see those challenges as opportunities to grow into who they have the potential to be.
It all comes down to what you choose to focus on and how you choose to respond to what comes your way.
And as a bonus: you don't have to know what to do to do something. Just the act of deciding to take action is a step in the right direction. The journey is the way.
You are the hero of your own story.