Everyone has a purpose in life, whether they realise it or not.
You may question whether or not you need a purpose in life, but if you are to understand yourself better, to make your life easier, more enjoyable, and make informed decisions about the paths you take in life, it’s essential to know your purpose.
Because your purpose is actually who you already are.
Your purpose must be something easy and natural, something that feels right. It needs to fit in well with you, and not feel overwhelming. Do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself to make it deep, big and meaningful.
It will be meaningful… to you.
How To Find Your Purpose
Finding your purpose in life is one of those existential questions that gnaws at you.
But figuring out what you’re meant to be doing in life isn’t as complicated as it might seem.
The key is to focus inward, reconnect with yourself, strip away all the layers and reveal what lies at your core.
Find the thing that drives you, the thing you truly believe in and stand for.
Here are a few simple questions to ask that will get you started:
What are you naturally good at?
What do you enjoy doing?
What comes easily to you?
What do people tend to ask you for help with?
How To Define Your Purpose
Many people get stuck as they try to pin down their purpose, because no sooner have they defined it, they find it lacking.
There is often pressure to make your purpose very symbolic, to charge it with deep meaning, or simply to make it ‘fancy’.
When you find your purpose and realise it’s actually fairly mundane, you resist it.
You keep looking, convinced there’s something bigger, or more important that you should be doing.
But your purpose in life doesn’t need to be deeply philosophical, symbolically meaningful, or wonderfully glamourous.
At its core, your purpose has to work for you.
It has to feel right.
It should be easy.
It should feel easy, effortless.
It’s probably something that comes to you so naturally, you don’t even think of it as a purpose.
It’s just what you do, what you love, or how you live your life.
The most meaningful purpose is often the one that seems most humble.
How To Defy Your Purpose
Another common roadblock people run into when it comes to their purpose in life is a resistance to defying it.
There’s a common perception that you only have one purpose in life.
That your purpose is unshakable, unchanging, and set in stone.
The truth is, we are constantly growing, evolving, learning, and changing.
Our purpose evolves and grows as we journey through life, take on different roles, and enter different stages in our development – physically, emotionally and intellectually.
Don’t be afraid of defying your past purpose in order to rededicate yourself to a newly evolved purpose.
How Your Purpose Fits In With The Rest Of Your Life
One question that often crops up is what to do about your career, once you realise your purpose.
Everyone is different.
Some people like to keep their work and personal lives entirely separate. They enjoy that difference.
Others feel their job should reflect their purpose.
If you find yourself in a job or on a career track that has nothing to do with your purpose, it’s tempting to think you should jack it all in and start over.
The funny thing about your purpose is that it’s usually a lot closer than you think.
It’s likely that you’ve already found a way to align your career with your purpose, even if they appear unrelated.
I used to work in a corporate job in Finance. And although I knew deep inside that I was meant to be doing something different with my life, although I knew that ‘this wasn’t it’, although I didn’t feel aligned to the work I was doing and it was important to me to feel aligned in my work, although I craved the change that would bring me closer to ‘what I was meant to be doing’, I actually wasn’t as far from it as I thought.
I was naturally using my unrevealed coaching talents in the way I managed my team. It was utterly unconscious at the time, as I didn’t really even know what coaching was, but seems I’d been following my purpose all along…
Ready To Find Your Purpose?
If this has resonated with you and you feel like it’s time to get back in touch with the real you, and get clarity on your purpose, I’m running an exclusive online workshop around this topic for a small group of people.
It will be a relaxed, cosy workshop, run entirely online – all you need is an internet connection (with video if possible) and your lovely self, and to be available on the dates / times: 16th and 19th of May 2017 at 12-noon GMT+1
Places are very limited, so if you would like to join, you can grab your spot here.