Do you find yourself running from place to place and task to task like a worker on an assembly line?

Are you someone who knows what it is like to have a feeling of success and achievement but all that feels a distant memory (even if, say you achieved something last week!?)

Are you somewhere that at best your life and career is feeling "eh, just alright" or worse it may even be sucking the life out of you? Perhaps you feel like you’re dying on the vine, or not even feeling much about it at all because you’ve been so numbed to the same routine that you feel like the Dunkin Donuts commercial in the 80’s where a big man shuffles like an automaton saying over and over again "time to make the donuts". Does your day feel like that?

As the gifted human being I know you are then you know deep in your gut that there has to be more to life than this. I can remember uttering those same words myself almost daily during my first job out of college. Frankly I said those same words many times over the years as I navigated my way around feeling like a square peg in a round hole in career situations that never seemed to fit quite right. Everyone told me that "it" is just "normal". It’s "just the way it is". I didn’t buy it. It didn’t feel right to me.

So, here’s the thing - you are meant to have a fulfilling life. It’s not just supposed to be full for every waking moment in a mad dash to the end. It’s not supposed to be a "suck it up and do what you don’t want to so maybe one day you can retire" or "life’s a bitch and then you die" scenario. It might sound funny or harsh, but I know personally when I was around the age of 22 and a co-worker who had been miserable working in the same job for over 20 years said to me "if you hang in there and you’re really lucky you just need to bide your time for about 30 years and then you can retire" I thought my head would explode! What? Bide my time for decades?! Throw my life and spirit into the trash? Are you insane?

Whether I’ve been wise beyond my years or simply stubborn and adamant about living life fully, I’ve never wanted to settle. I’ve never wanted to miss out on all the interesting experiences and people around me. Ask my mother, she’ll tell you - I never napped as a baby. Her idea of working night shift and sleeping when I napped totally backfired because I never napped because I didn’t want to miss anything! (She was one tired lady for a while there.) Now while I’m quite good about getting my 7-8 hours of sleep a night, I still see my life as an awesome buffet of so many cool things I would love to experience. And, well, sometimes a good nap in the sun is one of them!

If your schedule is too packed or your spirit is dampened by days filled to the brim with things that don’t nourish YOU, you’re missing out. You’re living only a fraction of the life you’re meant to live. You’re experiencing only a small piece of the results and impact you’re meant to have in this world personally or professionally. You wouldn’t knowingly go to a store to pay twice as much and only receive half of what you’re meant to have, would you? Yet that is what you’re doing when you settle for full instead of fulfilling.

Is that really what you want from your one precious life?

I know my answer was a resounding NO. How about you? Are you ready to claim your birthright - the choice to choose to live your life on purpose and with intention? Only you have the power to say yes (and no one can say no for you either).

Author's Bio: 

Paula Gregorowicz, The Paula G Company, helps women boost their confidence & break through limitations so they reignite a sense of freedom & adventure in their lives and careers. Learn "5 Steps to Move from Fear to Freedom & Experience Greater Confidence" (free) at