Are you distracting yourself from your purpose?

Are you distracting yourself from your purpose?
You know, the constant email checking, the tweeting, the apps, the television….
And whatever else you mindlessly do every day.
Most everyone is online today. So being a part of social media and reading your emails seems like something important you need to be doing everyday.
But have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re distracting yourself from your purpose? You know, the bigger purpose you’re here for?
Are you standing in the way of something even bigger you’re meant to be doing?
Of course there’s nothing wrong with being connected and informed…but what happens when all this stuff makes you feel busy and important and oddly fulfilled, but not really on purpose.
Awhile back I was feeling an emptiness inside and so I decided to dig deeper.
So I took a TV Detox. Now I’m not someone who really watches a lot of TV anyway, but I found that the very little amount of TV I was watching was actually standing in the way and distracting me from my purpose.
I saw the few hours per week that was going to TV and how it was holding me back from going deeper into myself and being able to evolve to the next level.
I was numbing myself. And it felt good, but only that sort of “half-full” kind of good. I felt there was something even better waiting for me.
So I committed to 21 days without TV (supposedly enough to change a habit) and guess what? It worked. 21 days went by and I didn’t even know my detox was up. I was TV free and loving it!
But something more important happened:
Everyone told me I was going to get so much more done. But that’s not what happened. Because I didn’t want to “do” more. I wanted to just “be”. Instead of numbing myself with a few hours of TV, I was left with space. There was that emptiness I was wondering about .
And that space was the little piece of me that needed to come through. It couldn’t come through before because I didn’t create room for it. But without distraction, there it was, as clear and plain as day. A beautiful gift with a message…
“Now’s the time.”it said.
The gift allowed me to take the next step in my personal evolution. Something I might have waited years for if I kept distracting myself.

Nov quote

So I’m curious, who would you be if you were on purpose in your life? (comment below if you’re inspired to.)
Could you be sharing a great gift with the world?
Could you be earning more income?
Could you be spending more quality time with people you love?
Could you have more freedom and fun?
Could you be following your passion in a career you love?
Could you have a deeper relationship with your self?

Could you be helping more people?
This is about transformation. If you’re someone interested in health and wellness, you’re already on the path of transformation. I encourage you to stay on the path and keep transforming. What is next for you?


Love, Health and Success,


Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.


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6 thoughts on “Are you distracting yourself from your purpose?

  1. Shawna

    Read the article. Liked the poem. To me it depends on your determination and what type of character to your type. Than, the biggest factor is MSG, and other brain killing additives in our food. When you don’t eat proper nutrition your entire life becomes the product of the food you eat daily. That’s the problem when dealing with wellness and behavior.

    Thank you

  2. Steph

    Suzanne, your thought-full, thought-provoking messages continue to reinforce that I have chosen the right program. It is so encouraging to me that the founder of this program is as self-reflective and candid as you are. This post made me think about my “time fillers” – the stuff I do as a reaction to life, rather than being proactive and intentional: living my days making careful choices about how I spend my time. A question I need to ask is “does this activity bring me closer to or further away from my goals”…and in order to answer that, I need to be crystal clear on my goals! If I am to have a life I love, a life I am proud of, a life that is completely in alignment with my values, I want to be intentional. Thank you for this important reminder. And, I do love the quote. I think I will share this one!

  3. Suzanne Post author

    Hi Steph, Thanks for your thoughts and comments! I love your plan to get more intentional and more on purpose. The more you practice this, the more on purpose you will be and you’ll know what to do next each step of the way. Keep us posted!
    Love, Health & Success
    Suzanne Monroe

  4. Libbie

    Many thanks for this thoughtful and insightful read so true and makes you so aware that you do waste precious time no following your passion and making excuses unknowingly by doing something else. So inspired x

  5. Suzanne Post author

    Thank you Libbie for your post and feedback. Keep following your passion!

    Love, Health & Success,
    Suzanne Monroe

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