I DID IT!
I represented Turkey in the World Championships of Freestyle Kayaking 🇹🇷 I got 16.67 points and am over the moon with it
Going into the event, I had 3 goals;
1) Create genuine connections
2) Actively get myself out of my comfort zone & into uncertainty
3) Become friends with failing, so much so that I never see it as an obstacle again
And MAN, did I achieve those!
Meeting, supporting & celebrating with international paddlers like we've known each other for years.
Connecting with family and friends following my journey from the start.
Sharing every step of my journey (even the hard bits) on live videos
2) Comfort zone: From Accommodation drama to being a the only Turkish paddler. From competing against the BEST freestyle paddlers in the world to overcoming relationship challenges and growing in this new environment... YES I was out my comfort zone.
3) Failure: The night before my competition I practiced on my own for a whole hour. The whole hour I got trashed & rolled about. A few moves worked but most didn't, I felt frustrated, I got off the water, then got back on again. But once the competition came, I got the moves I wanted (2 spins - 16.67). I was prepared for zero's, which some people got, which is why I was over the moon when I saw that both of my rides scored something. Looking at the below photo after my first ride, my sister thought I'd won (VERY far off :D)!
You may know that when I first arrived into Spain, I struggled with understanding why I was here and how this fit into my bigger purpose of helping people live in-line with their authentic self so that they can make a meaningful impact in the world. That's how the 3 goals I listed above came about.
I have realised stronger than ever that the FEELING of "purpose" is one of the most sought after things in the world. But most of us don't UNDERSTAND what it means. We can't logically comprehend it because it's so hard to measure ⚖️. Which leads to us just being fine with the "empty" feeling we get left with.
WHAT DOES PURPOSE ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE?
I believe it looks like making a meaningful impact in the world.
Some people think it looks like medals or money, some people think it looks like having a happy family, a good work environment or lots of awards. Some people even think it looks like NOT making money at all.
But through this event and from my business journey beforehand I have came to the blatant realisation that all of these are the RESULTS of living with purpose. But in the world we live in, we're brought up to believe that they ARE the purpose. So we strive for them. Spending time, energy and resources on getting each individual one.
We get frustrated when we can't get them. And when we do get them, something starts to happen...
People are now realising, as they and the generations before them achieve these "results" and make it "to the top"... that there is something deeper that they're missing. That the FEELING of purpose they're looking for isn't in the THINGS they achieve after all.
Wether that's in competition, in work or in life.
If you're still on the cusp of understanding, let me speed up your realisation for you.
If it can be taken away from you, it's not your purpose. No one and no thing can take your purpose away from you.
Publicity and money are FUEL to amplify who we are inside.
Especially in business!
Who we are inside and the "results" we see in our business has a direct connection. So starting from ourselves and working from the inside out, is more relevant to business today, more than it has been ever before.
I call them purpose-based businesses. The ones where the owner is so clear on their purpose and so free of emotional baggage ... that the business makes a meaningful impact on the world while being wildly successful and surrounded by an incredibly inspired community.
Being a purpose-based human is the difference that makes the difference. The "results" that we strive for, suddenly become connected to each other.
The time it takes to realise this is different for everyone. For some... as soon as they graduate. For others, when they reach the "very top". And some know it all along but just don't do anything about it. This is why, when you start something, your motivation levels feel great and as the excitement wears off it plummets.
But the questions is, do we always have to learn the hard way or is there a way to work from the inside out from the start?
This is my mission. This is why I help create purpose-based humans and businesses and this is why I do not identify as a business coach, or by an label at that; because it doesn't capture the depth in which my work goes.
If you've read this far and if you too want to live as a purpose-based human, I have a question for you... and I want to know your answer!
How have you been measuring purpose so far?
Realisation is the first step to change. Write down below <3
Sending lots of love,
Alara believes that the path to a fulfilled life is to make a unique meaningful impact in the world. So she now helps business owners and is an NLP practitioner, a yoga teacher and a Contemporary Rites of Passage facilitator. She helps entrepreneurs align their life and business with their purpose in 8 weeks.