How do I find my purpose?
This question is something that I’ve sat with, I’ve researched, and I’ve worked with throughout my certification process to become a life coach, and it now shows up often in business.
It truly is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart.
Knowing your purpose brings clarity when deciding which path to choose. When you’re on the right path, work truly becomes easy, and you can make choices with confidence.
If we don’t spend the time to figure out what our purpose is, and just meander through life, the work that we choose to do leads us to either not know if we’re engaged or if we want to pursue one of the many other amazing options out there.
There’s a real uncertainty that comes from not knowing our purpose. I was just having a conversation with a family friend who, at 65 years old, said, “I really wish that I would have spent the time doing what you’re doing now, because now I’m 65 and I just don’t feel like I did something that I really wanted to do.” Of course, they can still go through the process of finding their purpose, but think about how much more time they would have had to look forward to something that they’re passionate about if they had taken the time to gain some clarity.
So, how do you find your purpose? There are a lot of options: books, seminars, all kinds of different pieces that can help. I’m going to share with you my way, and what really, really works for me.
Some people say that everybody’s purpose is different. Personally, I think that’s a load of bull. I think that all of our purposes are to serve. In some way, shape, or form, we need to serve the world. It’s up to us to figure out how that is–and that’s where our purposes lie.
There are three pieces that overlap to signify purpose. Think about a Venn diagram.
The first circle is passion.
What are you passionate about? Truly, passion is the biggest indicator, and the biggest clue, for us to figure out our purpose, because everybody’s passions are different.
The second circle is skill.
What are you good at? Usually what we’re passionate about is we’re good at, because we either spend the time doing it or learning more about it.
The last circle, overlapping the other two, is need in the world.
Purpose is in the centre of all three.
Think about peak experiences in your life. Maybe you’re 20, 30, 65, or even 85 years old! Think about things you’ve experienced throughout your life, maybe six or seven different experiences that really stand out for you. Those experiences and things that leave a lasting impression are most likely linked to your purpose.
Think about a time in your life that you felt connected and like you were really making a difference, when you felt significant and important, and when you were giving a service that truly benefited other people.
The last piece I want to say about purpose never lies solely in just one job, one rule, or one position that we work.
It doesn’t really matter which position you choose, as long as you know what fuels you and how that passion can show up in each of those different roles.
And that’s it! Purpose is a lot more about being instead of doing.
What I want to do is give you the skills to not just survive, but thrive.
For so many of us, once we find our purpose we realize that there’s so much more that we could be doing in the world and often that brings us to starting a business.
I know that this is what you want. I know you want to find your purpose. If you haven’t already, I know that you do, or maybe you’re not clear. I can help you with those pieces. Book a discovery call with me, and let’s talk about how we can work together to help you become the leader you’ve always wanted to be.