“The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose” - Richard Leider
We’re all supposed to have a purpose - that’s what the quotes say - but how on earth do we find out what that purpose is ? I struggled with this dilemma myself for years, and it didn’t matter how many posts I read about passion and purpose being linked, I still couldn’t find a way to identify mine.
And then I listened to a Podcast and all of the pieces fell into place. That podcast was an interview between Lewis Howes and Lisa Nichols and my epiphany happened at approximately 29 minutes (although if you have the time, I suggest you listen to the whole thing - it contains so many pearls of wisdom).
The reason we struggle to find our purpose is that it is very probably something that we are really good at, but naively think that everyone else must be good at that thing too, because we find it so easy. But, you see, that thing isn’t so easy for everyone else.... Okay, I hear you saying, that's all well and good, but I still don’t know what my purpose is. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to find out.
You see, your friends, your family, your co-workers, even strangers you meet, will tell you what your purpose is, you just have to listen…
To illustrate, I’ll share my own purpose, and I’ll be honest - it is pretty uncomfortable for me to do so (that’s another thing about your purpose - it might be easy, but that doesn’t mean it is simple for you to admit to). The reason mine is so uncomfortable ? Because I strongly believe that my purpose is to be inspirational. There, I’ve said it, and now I feel like a bit of a prat….
You see, when I listened to the podcast above, I suddenly realised that I keep being told that I am inspirational. Friends and family members tell me, hundreds of people on Instagram and Facebook take the time to comment and tell me, people who I used to work with tell me, and strangers tell me when I have a conversation with them. I'll be honest, I don’t always see it; for me I’m just telling my story, or I’m sharing something that I’ve learned, or I’m just trying to do my best in a difficult world.
But the thing is, once I admitted to myself that being inspirational could be my purpose, a few other things fell into place too. I found myself wanting to do more challenging things so that others could see that if I can do them, then they can too. It gives me energy and motivation too - if I’ve committed to people that I will do something, then I have to follow it through, no if’s, no buts. And it makes me want to learn new skills and knowledge, so that I can share it in the hope of inspiring others.
So, what could your purpose be ? What is it that people keep telling you that you are really good at ? Are you a great writer ? Do you take amazing photographs ? Can you draw simple pictures that convey complex emotional ideas ?
Still not sure ?
p.s Just because you’ve found your purpose, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your day job (unless you really, really want to). Your purpose can exist alongside your other responsibilities, and it can even enhance the work you do elsewhere. Your see, your purpose might just be to show others how to juggle a purpose with everyday life….