Have you ever reached a point in your life where:
You don’t wake up in the morning excited about the day ahead?
You’ve begun to totally ignore or forget the dreams you had for your life?
You seem to be surrounded by negative people who always bring your energy down?
You have low energy that prevents you from doing more of the things you love?
If any of these are true, there is a good possibility that either you’ve lost your purpose in life or never discovered it.
Recently I had an amazing conversation with a friend who asked me what my purpose was. She seemed pleasantly surprised with my answer. Our conversation took on a life of its own as we shared our experiences with finding a life of purpose. You see, with the success that has come in my life, my purpose has less to do with extrinsic factors like money, property or prestige. My purpose has been motivated by the intrinsic worth involved in personal growth, relationships and most of all the ability to inspire others to be the best they can be. There is no better feeling than knowing that you contributed to improving someone’s life. It is less about what I can get, and more about how I can contribute.
Here are 5 ways to help you find your purpose?
1. Find out what you love to do
What is something that you love to do even if you weren’t being paid for it? If you can tie your career and strengths with your passion, then you are living in your purpose.
2. Match your audio with your video
Does your walk match your talk? If you want to be successful and follow your passion, you have to understand that language is powerful. Remove the complaining, self loathing and self-doubt from your vocabulary. Replace it with positive affirmations and conviction in your purpose.
3. Stop looking for validation
Listen, everybody likes to hear that they did a good job. But to live in your purpose you can not fall into this trap. As you move towards your purpose, you realize that it is less important what others think about you, and most important what you think about yourself.
It’s an interesting paradox in life that those who give most of themselves receive so much more in return. If you want true happiness, contentment and to live in your purpose; focus on the intrinsic value in people, relationships and service. People often think “when I get the next….(fill in the blank) I’ll be happy.” But a life of true happiness is created from within and inspires those around you to be a part of it.
5. Stand for something
You know the old saying, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Live a life where your purpose benefits more than just yourself.
Your micro purpose is your values, beliefs and the ability to follow them with integrity. Your macro purpose is your higher calling, the bigger picture and the search for meaning.
When you achieve this you will wake up ever morning energized, knowing you are on the right path.
Have you found your purpose? Please post your comments and tell us how you did it.