Today’s post has an excerpt from the website thechangeblog.com. These steps were inspired from this article.
We are all here in the world with a Purpose. Sometimes, we need to be with ourselves to discover our Life’s Purpose. Every successful person is living “on purpose.” Their life has a mission, a focal point, and they are most likely working in an area where they feel they have a “natural” advantage. What is your advantage? When you discover it, you will be much better positioned to succeed.
Your success is dependent on you discovering your purpose and fulfilling it. Let’s discuss some keys to discovering your life’s purpose.
Here are 7 Pieces to the Puzzle of Unveiling Your Life’s Purpose
1. What puts a smile on your face?
– Think of things that you do that make you smile. Are you outside gardening? Are you cooking for your loved ones? Are you exercising by yourself or with a friend? Are you motivating and encouraging someone who is down? Are you making a craft such as knitting, or scrapbooking? Pay attention to the things that you do that makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. That is one key or piece of the puzzle of unveiling your life purpose.
2. What are you intrigued by?
– What types of things are you drawn to learn about? What books fill your bookshelf? What blogs or magazines do you subscribe to? Are they all tech stuff? Do you love consumer reports and comparing products out there? What about food blogs, staying up to date on the latest restaurants, or having lots of cookbooks? I was always drawn to personal development and spiritual books. Long before I was clear on my purpose I was always buying these kinds of books.
3. What do you notice that others may not?
– I seemed to intuitively pick up on someone in need of encouragement. I was more natural at this than others around me. I am able to read between the lines of what’s being said and what is really going on. What about you? Do you notice creative design, images and ways to communicate a message more than others? If so, have you considered graphic design, marketing/branding, art, or photography? Do you notice opportunities to give a gift? Consider starting or joining non-profits that give gifts to hurting people/families that could use a dose of love through your giving. Do you notice grammatical and spelling errors more? You may enjoy proofreading and editing for individuals or businesses. These are only ideas and starting points. If you seem clueless- just do something 😉
4. What are you passionate about?
– If you are not passionate about what you do than you are not living out your purpose. Passion and purpose are a packaged deal. You can not have one without the other. It is likely that the things that put a smile on your face, and that you naturally notice are things you are passionate about. I’m passionate about motivating people to reach their highest potential. I can’t stand stagnation. I am vehemently against settling for less than your best and God’s best and accepting mediocrity. If that is the path you choose to live….then this blog is not for you and you probably want to stay away from me 😉
5. What are the freebies you give?
– What would you do for free? What have you done for free in the past? Have you fixed someone’s car, cut someone’s hair? Made a card? Designed a flyer for someone?Written and article? Whatever it is, it’s a sign to your purpose. I would inspire, motivate, and encourage people all day long for free. Bonus that I actually make my living do it. I receive greater value from doing what I love than I do for getting paid for it.
6. What do others hear you say?
– What do those closest to you always hear you talking about? What do you talk about the most? If you are more introverted and don’t like to converse with others a lot, what are you thinking about? What are you writing about? What do you daydream about?
7. What do people say you are talented with?
– What do others say you’re naturally good at? Do people love to hear you sing?Are you a gifted listener? Do you have the gift at making people feel accepted and at ease? Do people say you are a good artist? While paying attention to what you are naturally gifted with and what other’s say you are gifted with can be a guide, be careful here as well.
Just because you are good at something doesn’t mean you should do it. A natural talent and a developed talent are very different. A natural talent is one to pay attention to. One that you have developed and strengthened through work or tasks does not always mean you should keep doing that. For example, I am actually pretty good (when I have to be) at administrative tasks such as coordinating tasks, managing details, etc. I had to do all of that as a case manager for 4 years. But I hated it- even though I was good at it. That same skill has served me well in my business, but it’s still not my favorite. I’m not an administrator- I’m an entrepreneur.
What piece of the puzzle have you already discovered? What one do you seem stuck on?
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