135: Finding Your Purpose Within Pain

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135: Finding Your Purpose Within Pain

Did you know that sometimes it’s through life’s most pivotal, and oftentimes painful moments that we can find our true purpose? All it takes is some flexibility and resiliency to get us back on track toward our mission when we’re facing life-altering obstacles and curveballs. Today, I’m talking about using pain to find your purpose. I share why you need to be resilient and get yourself back up after you’ve been knocked down. I also discuss the 4 A’s that I used when I was faced with a challenging roadblock. I even share some inspiring stories about some of my friends and past guests who’ve used their pain to find their purpose.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • Being resilient when life throws you unexpected curveballs
  • The 4 A’s that will help you to overcome life’s obstacles
  • Reaching out to your support system when you need help
  • How I applied the 4 A’s to bounce back from a difficult situation
  • Using the pivots and roadblocks to become resilient and find your purpose 

What To Do Next:

  • Practice your resiliency and flexibility. The next time you are facing an obstacle, use the 4 A’s to help you overcome the situation at hand.
  • Take the first steps to find your passion and purpose by pre-ordering my book, The Joy of Missing Out and getting access to my free course, Discover Your North Star! ($247 value) You’ll also get a discount on inkWELL Press products and a preview of the first chapters of the book. 
  • Join my FREE Facebook group where we discuss all things productivity, prioritizing and creating the happy lives we want AND deserve! 
  • Check out my most recent TonyaTV episode, How to Find an Extra Hour in Your Day (My 5 BEST Tips)

Resources and Links

  • The 4 A’s for Overcoming Obstacles
    • Acknowledgment
    • Assessment
    • Assistance
    • Action
  • By pre-ordering my book, you will get access to a free bonus course, Discover Your North Star that is a part of the LiveWELL Method . In this course, I walk you through how to uncover your purpose, passion, and priorities. You’ll also get a discount on inkWELL press products and access to the first couple of chapters of my book, The Joy of Missing Out.


This episode has been sponsored by the University of California Irvine or UCI. UCI has a division of continuing education with tons of specialized studies including business and education, human resources, health care, project management, digital marketing, paralegal, and so many more. Their diverse assortment of courses are taught by industry practitioners who have real-world experience. And for those of you who are juggling family and work while also chasing your dreams or maybe even pursuing a career change, UCI has 100% online courses that are flexible and convenient. UCI could also be a great resource for anyone looking to reenter the workforce after taking some time off or for gaining credits towards getting your master’s degree or just to learn some new skills that can help you with that startup business that you’ve been considering.

 All registration is now open and they have a great deal for Productivity Paradox listeners. Simply go to ce.uci.edu/productivityparadox and enter the promo code, paradox, to get 15% off of one of their continuing education courses. Again, that’s ce.uci.edu/productivityparadox. Don’t forget to use that code, paradox, to get 15% off. This offer is valid until December 31, 2019. I’ll also be sure to put a link in my show notes, so you can look for that there.



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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton