There’s no such thing as finding your purpose!
What if i told you that your life-purpose is something you create…not find!
And that just like the fallacy of finding ‘the one’, there’s no such thing as finding your ‘true purpose’ as though it were a shining trophy on a shelf…just waiting for you to discover it.
That might sound a bit controversial for someone who has dedicated most of their life to helping others reclaim their lost sense of purpose, but so many people experience such an overwhelming sense of pressure when confronted with this idea…that it can feel almost impossible to find.
So what if fulfilling your dreams was not so much about finding the exact ‘right’ thing you were pre-destined to do, as it is about discovering that unique spark that makes you, well…truly you!
And that this spark will reveal the true nature of your personal brilliance…so you can then choose what you might actually like to do with it.
You see finding your purpose is not so much about following a particular set pathway as it is about discovering those things that bring out the very best in you.
And those things are within you…already!
For example, maybe you have the most wonderful gift for putting people at ease and encouraging them to express things they have never articulated before.
This will be something you do instinctively, and in a way that only you can do, despite the fact that there may also be others who excel at this particular skill.
The point is that once you are able to clearly articulate exactly ‘why’ and ‘how’ this gift is unique to you, you will have discovered your inner-genius which will naturally move you in the direction of your life-purpose.
Perhaps you’ll find your way into a career-counselling profession and discover a particular way of tapping into peoples’ unspoken hopes and dreams, or maybe you’ll become an investigative reporter with a special way of capturing stories that have never been told.
You get the idea…the choice is completely up to you, and either way, you’ll be doing what inspires you AND living your life-purpose at the same time.
Shakespeare famously said, “the purpose of life is to find your gift, and the meaning of life is to give it away.”
So, the real work lies in uncovering your gift, so you can then decide how you might like to share it.
So how can you apply yours?
While discovering your inner-genius may be the first step, applying it does not necessarily mean abandoning all your current commitments and starting over.
Instead it can be as simple as recognising where in your life you may already be living it.
Chances are these are the areas you enjoy most, as who you are – and what you do – are already aligned.
Then it’s just a matter of examining those areas which feel less fulfilling, so you can start moving further in the direction of what you enjoy.
And finally, it means taking a good hard look at those things that tend to drain your energy.
These are often found in the SHOULD, MUST or HAVE-TO baskets, and may be the areas you want to consider making some bigger changes in.
So, to be clear – finding your purpose does NOT mean finding your lost-self and discovering that magical thing you were always meant to be doing.
Rather, it means becoming crystal-clear about what is uniquely brilliant about YOU, so you can channel more of your ‘superpower’ into as much of your life as possible.
You see, there really is no set path to finding your purpose, as once you become clear on the exact nature of your inner-genius you can simply decide where you want to apply it.
And then…no matter what you decide, you will naturally be living your purpose!
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