If there’s something I’m 100% sure of by now is that every single one of those who will read this article today, or tomorrow, or for as long as we’ll have this website, faced a major crisis at some point in their life. If you’re telling me you’ve never had any type of emergency turn your life upside down at some point, I just won’t believe you. And the magical power of a crisis, the only good thing in it, is that it shows us what we’re made of, and many times we’re positively surprised by what we learn about ourselves.
When you’re dealing with a serious issue, a big challenge that can impact your life, your mission becomes crystal clear. You can’t be bothered by the background noise, you don’t get distracted by what someone on the sidelines said or did, you’ve got your eyes on the finish line and you’re laser-focused on getting things done.
Another way of thinking about that focused state is as purpose. In a crisis, your purpose is to end that crisis. You’re not hungry or thirsty, you discover that you have more energy and mental power that you’ve ever thought you did, and you can’t be derailed in your path.
Imagine being able to access that lean, mean, getting-things-done machine state of mind every time you work. I’m not talking about living your life in a constant crisis. No, no, no. I’m talking about tapping into that incredible power source that is one’s purpose in life.
Find your purpose. Embrace it. Be amazed by what you can accomplish.
Figuring out what your purpose is will transform your life. Work will never be the same again. Fulfilment won’t be something hard to achieve. What all the greatest life coaches and career consultants and researchers know is that when you find your purpose, no matter what path you take, you’ll always be on the right track, because you can clearly see that point on the horizon you’re chasing. It’s like a lighthouse, showing you the way home, giving you wings and boosting your energy levels.
So, how do you find your purpose? Well, first of all, you should be sure that you do have one, even if it feels like you haven’t found yours so far.
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most influential women in the world, talked often about finding one’s purpose. She thinks that our job in life is to discover who we were meant to be. Caroline Myss, the author of 5 New York Times Best Sellers, thinks that each of us has an inner voice that can guide us toward our purpose, an inner voice that knows when we’ve betraying ourselves and our best interest by settling for less than what we deserve. When you’re feeling like you don’t belong or that something’s off, even if you can’t really put your finger on what that is, it’s probably your intuition whispering, ‘hey, mate, you know this isn’t what you were supposed to be doing with your life, right?’, and you can feel it in your gut. Margie Warrell, who wrote ‘Stop Playing Safe‘ and ‘Find Your Courage‘, thinks that your purpose can be found at the intersection of your values, your talents, your expertise, and passions. As you can see, there are many ways to think about your purpose in life and how to find it.
I’ll only talk about two paths to figuring out your life purpose today, as they’re easy, fast, 100% free, and have done wonders for myself and some of my friends.
The first one is for problem solvers, and given that you reached THIS website, I’m sure you’re one too. This purpose-finding path relies on ‘transformational questions’. It’s based on a series of questions designed to help you find your ‘why’, your purpose.
Take the time to go through these questions:
- What is bringing you joy?
- What do you wish could be your legacy?
- What are people appreciating about you?
- What native strengths are you grateful for?
- Into what career or business could you involve all of those things?
- What is keeping you from pursuing that career/business?
- How could you get around those obstacles?
The second way of finding your purpose is great for those who find it difficult to figure out what they want but who know very well what they don’t want. It involves using your heartache as a compass. What is breaking your heart? What do you hate seeing? How could you use your career or a business to fight against those things that break your heart? This is what Glennon Doyle Melton thinks can point you in the right direction, because if something has the power to break your heart, it matters to you. So, why not work toward changing things AND make a living?
A Pay It Forward Friday with Purpose
If you’re a regular visitor, you might already know about Pay It Forward Friday. It’s something Wildfire Concepts puts in practice on the first Friday of every month, and just as I said a month ago, I’d LOVE to have more of you on our side. You can get involved as much as you like or as much as you can.
If you want to get involved in our little (and growing) movement of bringing joy and improving the lives of others, one small, kind gesture at a time, please announce your intention in the comments section below so we could better coordinate our efforts. If you have any inspiring stories, please share them with the community, too.
Now, I’d like to ask for your help once again. First, to give me more insights into how we could achieve amazing things together through this project dedicated the kindness and second, to let other readers know what you care about and how you could make an impact.
So, please offer me just a few minutes of your time to post a comment below containing the answers to these two questions:
- What or who is your biggest reason for doing what you do?
- How can you become more generous in what you’re bringing in the world? What could you do more of? How would that change the lives of those around you?
I can’t wait to read all your answers and comments!