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To overcome your psychology and live your life's purpose, you have to change your mindset. Your psychology plays a significant role in shaping your life and can profoundly influence your capacity to fulfill your life's purpose. If your psychology is hard-wired to prompt self-sabotage or engage in destructive habits despite your conscious desire not to, you'll likely continue these behaviors until you become aware of the underlying patterns you've been operating on.
In today's podcast episode, we talk about overcoming your own psychology to live your life's purpose and the tools Gabriel used to get to the root cause of having suicidal ideation.
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How Your Psychology Will Affect Your Life Purpose
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior, with origins dating back to Greece, 400 – 500 BC (Mcleod, 2023). With most advancements in the study of psychology occurring in the last 150 years, psychologists have been able to link what you do for a career to how happy and fulfilled you are.
Riggio suggests that personality plays a crucial role in determining one's chosen career path and even predicts job satisfaction (2018), highlighting the link between our personality traits and the decisions guiding our professional trajectories. Riggio also notes, 'people who hold jobs aligned with their personality traits tend to be more productive, happier, and achieve greater financial success' (2018). Therefore, if our psychology influences our thinking and behavior, and our level of 'job satisfaction' is intertwined with our personality—essentially our behavior—then it follows that our psychology significantly shapes how we pursue and fulfill our life's purpose.
At lifepurpose.com, we believe that your life purpose is that special thing you were born to do that only you can do; it's your gift and contribution to humanity. Not everyone is meant to do what you were born to do so you must be authentic to yourself and live YOUR life purpose (not your parents or anyone else's) as that will have a resounding impact on your life and the lives of others.
Changing Your Psychology Will Align You To Your Life Purpose
In today's podcast episode, Gabriel acknowledges 2022 as one of the more difficult periods in his life. Not only was he having difficulty fulfilling his life's purpose, he was also experiencing difficulty in his personal life.
The turning point for Gabriel to get back on track to feeling his best and living his life purpose was to change his psychology. After being reminded of the importance of mindset in "Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life," by motivational speaker, Garrain Jones, Gabriel knew he had to consciously shift his mental thinking to being more positive.
Thinking positively is critical to overcoming your psychology because positive thinking gives you the encouragement and self-support needed to make it out of any environment, job, or circumstance you're unhappy with.
Positive thinking isn't just a nice feel-good concept either. Several scientific studies have proved that the way you think affects the way you respond to life. According to Woods, "when your life feels completely out of control, this powerful habit can set into motion a chain of events over which you have complete and total control" (2019).
Positive thinkers make the best out every situation, focusing on what they can control, letting go what they cannot, and search for ways to improve the situation and lessons to learn. - Lisa Woods
If you're living a life filled with despair, sadness, or depression, the quickest way to transform your life is by changing your mindset. Begin by tracking your thoughts and taking note when negative thinking arises. When you catch yourself thinking negatively, pause and analyze what's occurring within you and around you.
Are you in a stressful environment?
Are you in a toxic relationship?
Are you consuming things that are lowering your energy?
All these factors contribute to your mental state of being, and though it's never easy, the most beneficial long-term approach involves removing things or people from your life that do not contribute to your well-being or bring out the best in you.
How Gabriel Got Himself Out Of His Dark Hole And Back To His Life Purpose
As mentioned briefly, Gabriel knew he had to change himself for his life to change.
Since 2018, Gabriel has been utilizing psychedelics to enhance his mental well-being. During a podcast episode, he recounted his experience with a Magic Mushroom ceremony in late 2022 when he was struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Gabriel highlighted how the Magic Mushrooms helped him transition to a more positive mental state.
Barron's research on the efficacy of Psilocybin as an antidepressant indicates that its effects can last from four weeks to up to twelve months (Barron, 2023).
Note: although this blog post does not promote or condone the use of 'illicit drugs,' the purpose of acknowledging psychedelics is to illustrate the positive impact it has had on Gabriel's mental health.
Gabriel also emphasizes the significance of several practices for aiding in his journey to overcome psychological barriers and realign with his life purpose. These include engaging in physical exercise, maintaining a proper diet, consuming positive content, practicing meditation, ensuring adequate rest, and employing positive self-talk. These tools have assisted him in changing his mindset and returning to alignment with his life's purpose.
Having Faith In God Can Help You Overcome Psychological Barriers
Having Faith in God (or a higher power) can help you overcome your psychological barriers.
According to a Stanford News article discussing the link between spiritual faith and its positive mental benefits, Feder highlights that 'research has repeatedly shown that people of faith report feeling better and healthier.' These findings suggest that embracing spiritual faith may assist in overcoming psychological barriers of inadequacy that could otherwise hinder one from living their life purpose.
In the podcast episode, Hemma asks Gabriel to reflect and identify the strongest factor that aided him in overcoming the depression he was experiencing. His response highlighted the significance of having faith in God and consistently praying, as these actions were pivotal in turning his life around.
Often, we are the obstacle getting in the way of our happiness, success, and living our life purpose. Having faith in both yourself and God can support you in overcoming any psychological or external conditions so that you can fulfill your purpose.
“The only way you're going to reach places you've never gone is if you trust God's direction to do things you've never done.”
― Germany Kent
Join A Community That Supports Your Life Purpose
A supportive community can make or break the way you think and the way you think is directly connected to whether or not you'll live your life purpose.
Clarabut asserts that 'when people feel empowered, they gain a sense of control, enabling them to effect positive change.' Feeling empowered to live your life purpose might challenge the comfort zones of your social circle. Therefore, it's important to be a part of a community of individuals also dedicated to living their life purpose so that you don't feel alone.
Feeling empowered also gives you a key advantage in overcoming your psychology so you can live your life's purpose. If it's true that you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with and if you're sincere about living your life purpose, you want to spend as much time with a group of people who are also living their life purpose.
In the podcast episode, Hemma speaks about an aunt of hers who lived most of her life according to what the outer world wanted for her. She worked as a radio show speaker, but was unhappy and would be diagnosed with an eating disorder, rendering her unable to continue working. Hemma believes that her aunt pursued degrees and titles because she perceived that was what the outer world (her social circle) expected of her.
While conforming to others' expectations, Hemma believes her aunt was unable to find inner peace, which led to her experiencing periods of depression, ultimately resulting in her taking her own life.
Hemma believes that her aunt's pursuit of things dictated by her family and society stemmed from an unspoken desire to belong to a community.
I think she was in search of belonging to something or someone, but never actually found that what that is. - Hemma Allmann
The power of belonging to a supportive community is linked to mindset. When you surround yourself with a group of people who are focused and interested in the same things you are, it becomes significantly easier to cultivate a constructive and meaningful atmosphere where you can express your life purpose.
Adhikari further supports this sentiment, stating that 'shared interests foster a sense of belonging and allow people to connect with others who share similar interests.'
For that reason, lifepurpose.com created a support community for like-minded people who are sincere about living their life purpose to come together and help one another fulfill their purpose.
If you've been resisting doing something about your life, whether it be quitting that job, leaving that business, or discovering why you're alive, joining a community of like-minded people on the same journey as you will help you overcome any psychological hurdles so you can live your special purpose.
Overcome Your Psychology Now
To overcome your psychology, become aware of what emotionally and psychologically triggers you.
It's time to stop blaming people or circumstances for how you feel and know you have the power to change your life.
Examine the things you've resisted, analyze and reflect on your psychological state, and consistently take small yet powerful action steps. Over time, these consistent efforts will help you evolve into a person who lives a purposeful life.
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Adhikari, Shyam. “Why Is It Important to Create a Community with a Common Mindset?” Medium, Medium, 23 Mar. 2023, https://adri-shyam.medium.com/why-is-it-important-to-create-a-community-with-a-common-mindset-7c549e275501.
Barron, Madeline. “Psilocybin and Mental Health: The Magic in the Mushrooms.” American Society For Microbiology, 10 Feb. 2023, https://asm.org/articles/2023/february/psilocybin-and-mental-health-the-magic-in-the-mush.
Clarabut, Justine. “The Importance Of An Engaging Community.” Wellbeing People, 19 Nov. 2023, https://wellbeingpeople.com/workplace-wellbeing/the-importance-of-an-engaging-community/2023/.
Feder, Sandra. “Religious Faith Can Lead to Positive Mental Benefits, Writes Stanford Anthropologist.” Stanford News, 13 Nov. 2020, https://news.stanford.edu/2020/11/13/deep-faith-beneficial-health/.
Mcleod, Saul. “What Is Psychology?” Simply Psychology, 11 Oct. 2023, https://www.simplypsychology.org/whatispsychology.html.
Riggio, Ronald E. “Does Your Personality Determine Your Career?” Psychology Today, 6 June 2018, https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201806/does-your-personality-determine-your-career.
Woods, Lisa. “3 Scientific Studies That Prove the Power of Positive Thinking.” Medium, The Startup, 22 Sept. 2019, https://medium.com/swlh/3-scientific-studies-that-prove-the-power-of-positive-thinking-616477838555.