Your purpose is to love, give, and live your gifts and talents to the best of your ability. You discover what your natural talents are by living your life FULLY and giving it everything you’ve got. Not by stepping back and living in your shadow. The world needs what you have! Let us have it!
How do you most want to feel? What resonates with you as soon as you hear it? Some examples might include:
What do you love doing the most?
Think back to a time(s) when you felt really good! A time when you did what you set out to do.
- What were you doing?
- What talent or gifts did you engage in the process?
- How do you like to spend your free time?
- What is your dream job?
- When do you feel the most fulfilled?
- Are you involved in your community?
- What are your most joyful relationships? Why?
- When do you lose track of time because you are having so much fun?
- What are you the most proud of?
- What are you REALLY, REALLY generous with? You love giving it away?
What do you KNOW you do well; you’re a NATURAL at this?
(write, talk, coach, teach, build, guide, inspire, motivate, listen, manage, perform, sing, develop, make, design)
Now write out two or three sentences that describes YOU.
- What product or service do you provide?
- What talent(s) or gift(s) do you use in order to do this?
- Who benefits?
- What is achieved from this product or service?
How does it feel? Is it true? Does it describe you?
This may or may not have to do with your 9-5 job. Do you LOVE your job, what you do and why you’re there? Do you love your coworkers? Do you get to be really creative and free with your ideas? Then your job may be a perfect reflection of your purpose.
Or…do you dread going to work everyday? You don’t like the people you work with and your job sucks the life out of you? Do you hate having to get out of bed every morning to go there? Then you are most likely NOT living your purpose.
How can you give, love and live to your fullest potential (your purpose) when you are in misery 40+ hours a week? You can’t. Your obligation is NOT your PURPOSE. Pay bills- YES. And then find something that brings you closer to what you want the most; what gives you juice and lights your fire? Go there!
Are you staying in your miserable life-sucking job because you have WEEKS and WEEKS of vacation time earned that you don’t want to lose? Well think about this: our joy is directly related to our health. If you are in a stressed out environment, miserable and angry most of the time, chances are you won’t be able to enjoy those “vacation” days for long, anyway. You’ll be busy spending your time nursing yourself back to health, or worse…
You don’t have to take “drastic” action right NOW, but you can start making small changes that will help you see more clearly. Clarity comes from doing.
Take action: What can you do right now to change your circumstances? Only YOU know the answer. Don’t get stuck; safe is not necessarily better. Please don’t WAIT to be happy. Start doing something today that makes you happy NOW; something that brings you JOY. Look at your schedule and see how you can rearrange your priorities to put activities into place that will make you feel the way you want to feel. Give it some thought and then DO IT!
I would love to hear your comments and feedback. Please post in the comments below and tell me…are you living your purpose? If not, why not?
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