Each of us look for fulfillment and authentic happiness in our own way. Sometimes the yearning for fulfillment becomes a call so loud and so intense later in our lives that we have to take some time and redirect our focus and devote ourselves to figure it out. This may cause us to return to deep satisfaction we may have had glimpses of in our past. At an earlier time, we may have lacked the courage to follow the call or we may have allowed life's stresses and serious pursuits, careers, or other personal obligations cover up the glimmer of what we once knew to be true about ourselves.
This pattern takes place in the lives of so many people because each of us has a life purpose that we all innately believe has been with us since we were young. At moments when we experience a profound sense of being in the flow-being in the right place, at the right time, using our gifts-we are likely to be at long last living out our life's purpose, even if for only that single moment in time.
Life purpose calls us forth. It may be a calling we answer, something larger than our small selves, that deeply connects us with others, with what is larger than ourselves. We recognize it when we see it. Our calling may be quiet, but it is always there throughout our lives. We were put here for a reason and we were uniquely wired and gifted to do at least one thing in this world that really matters. For those of us who are living out their calling every day, our work never seems like work at all. It is, in many ways, an extension of who we are.
A large part of my daily 'work' is helping people figure out what their calling is and how to use their gifts and talents to build a life and a business that gives them joy and satisfaction while helping others in some way.
I have learned that to truly live your purpose you have to be aligned with:
- Your true self
- Your passion/gift
- Your priorities
- Your values
Then and only then, can you begin to live the life you were intended to live and make a real difference.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of knowing your life purpose comes when you use it as a guide to make choices and decisions that lead to greater, more authentic happiness and fulfillment. Life purpose work helps you to discover new choices, as well as to become clear about what directions or opportunities to pursue and what things you should let go of and jettison out of your life.
The skeptical among us may not agree with this but I know from firsthand experience that it's true: It is entirely possible to have the life of your dreams by getting in touch with your purpose. We create our own lives through our intentions, our beliefs, our courage and our ability to link our desires with our actions every single day, one step at a time.
And, there's no doubt. You'll be most fulfilled when you are living your purpose. Your life will become effortless and will begin to flow with an ease and grace that many, unfortunately, never experience.
And, even more good news: If you haven't started on the journey, you can start now.
Here are five questions to help you gain some clarity about your life's purpose:
- What were the tasks that you were doing when you felt the most empowered?
- What do you love to do/what are you most passionate about?
- What are your natural gifts or your God given talents?
- What was the biggest obstacle you've been able to overcome in your life?
- What is the one thing you would like to change in this world and who specifically would you like to help with this challenge?
Plug your answers into the following formula:
My life purpose is to use my love of _____________ and my gifts of ___________
to help _____________ to overcome_______________.
Now that you've gone through this exercise and you're beginning to gain clarity on what your life's purpose is, I want you to consider how you can begin to make this a priority in your life.
A terrific way to do this is to turn your passion into a profitable business that you love. Learn more
To Your Prosperity,