Discovering your life purpose can be known as the billion-dollar question, because it can cost you time and effort trying to find it. For some, it has taken days, months, or even years of frustration.
The funny thing about purpose is that most people look for it in a job or attach it to titles, but your purpose is something that has always been with you since the moment you arrived to this earth. It is a gift that is inside of you.
One of the key principles is to start by looking inside of yourself. This helps you to focus on your unique abilities and when you do, there is a flow and a rhythm that leads you exactly to your purpose and ideas naturally begin to fall in place.
While finding your life purpose seemed like it used to take a lifetime, that process is now considered a thing of the past. With the rise of coaches from all walks of life and the world wide web that has a plethora of information available for you to embark upon this journey, the process has been simplified to answer the following questions that so many like you have such as, “What is my purpose?” or “What have I been placed on this earth to do?” or “What is my calling?”
Purpose: Why Is It So Important?
Purpose can be described as the unspoken blueprint of life that gives you vision on where you want to go and what you want to be. Without it, many people wander around aimlessly like walking around in a circle going from job to job and pursuing higher titles thinking that they will find it there when all along, it was always inside of them. But the journey to uncovering it may not always seem as simple and it may not always come overnight.
The truth is that the world we live in can be so immersed to instant gratification, that the enjoyment of the process of discovering one’s purpose can actually frustrate many and some even give up.
But thank God, there are great leaders and influential figures such as Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Lisa Nichols, and Rick Warren who is well known for his national best-seller, “The Purpose-Driven Life.” These leaders dedicate their lives to helping others pursue their purpose by writing books, providing motivational messages, and assisting others with life coaching to help you move forward to living out your purpose.
While finding your purpose and living it out can seem like a tedious and rather daunting process, it no longer has to be. Here are 3 Simple and Effective Ways to help you get started:
Consider What You Are Naturally Skilled At
When you think about your natural talents and abilities, they come to you like second nature and without any formal training. Without anyone ever giving you a compliment on it, you know you are great at this. Since talents are so diverse and there are a multitude of them in one person, a gift is a single thing that you do so well at that you are naturally sought after for it—even if you have not even formally been paid for it.
Action Item: Take out a sheet of paper and make a list of that one thing that you know without doubting or hesitating that you do naturally. This will help you focus on narrowing down what your innate gift is.
When you focus and zero in on that one thing, which is your gift that you were born with, it will lead you into all other areas of productivity. Focusing on your gift is literally the difference between being effective, as opposed to being busy.
Think About Who Your Gift Could Serve
Answering this question brings your mind into thinking about the greater good, which is wrapped up in your purpose. It helps you to begin to think of the many ways that your gift can serve a community of people.
This will also help you to begin thinking of the avenues that you can take to get started living out your purpose today. For example, if you are great at painting naturally and have dreams of having your art exhibited in museums to help others learn about culture.
Perhaps, you may start at your local museum and expand the knowledge of those visiting by introducing unique pieces to be featured in the gallery and explaining the inspiration behind it.
While you are continuing to study and hone in on your craft to a level of mastery, it will also give you an opportunity to share with others and prepare for your debut of explaining your own pieces in the future. This also helps you to remain occupied and focused on your ultimate vision and attach the necessary goals to them as well. After all, you will already be living out your purpose, but on a smaller scale for the moment.
Get Your Beginning and End in Mind
Many motivational speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs speak so eloquently of this phrase, “Get your beginning and end in mind” as it relates to one’s vision or ultimate goal in life.
When we see so many people working hard, we have learned to rationalize and reason that there is a reason for all of this and that is a goal and a vision that they have in their mind of how their future should look. Until their world begins to unfold and appear like that vision, they do not stop.
Even when they have reached their destination, by this time, they have set additional goals on how to nurture their gift and remain in their purpose even at heightened levels of success.
The thing about life and success is that it always looks different for every person. Some individuals who are great at finances enjoy making a living teaching financial literacy courses to members in churches, nonprofit organizations, or even in small groups in the business world.
Take for example, Dave Ramsey. After becoming wealthy himself and eventually losing it all in a matter of two and a half years, he wrote the book, Financial Peace to counsel folks hurting from the results of financial stress. Eventually his mission and vision grew and he can be seen speaking all over the world educating others on becoming free financially utilizing biblical principles, common-sense education and empowerment.
In pursuit of living out your purpose, goals will more than likely be involved as it will help you navigate to various levels in your life. Your vision will be the guide that tells you if the road you are on will take you to where you would like to be. It will also steer you, when it is time to change directions in order to help you continue leveling up.
Ultimately, you will begin to see that you are living out your purpose regardless of the current level that you are on. Your vision and your purpose in life will keep you consistent and on the right track to get you to your ultimate goal in life.
The great Ralph Waldo Emerson reminded the world that, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” You may find these truths to be self-evident on your journey to living out your purpose. The time and effort that you put in to perfect your gift will all be worth it, as well as the life lessons it brings along the way.
Finding your purpose and living it out can be tough, but when you choose to stay on the road, it will eventually lead you to your placed called, “there.”