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The Path to Purpose

I bet you’ve thought about it. We all have.

I bet you struggle with it. We all have.

If you were lucky enough to find it, I bet on occasion you question it. We all will.

I’m talking about purpose. Why are you here? What were you meant to do with your life? How can you make a difference? Who should you help? What makes you light up?

Most of us have asked ourselves these kinds of questions at one point or another. I suspect most often after something has rocked our world and put us in one of those incredibly pensive places. Yet, finding the answer is elusive and let’s be honest, we weren’t raised with this in mind, so even when we suspect we have the answer, those voices in our heads make us doubt ourselves and we end up back at square one. UG.

There are lots and lots of articles, books, websites, training, and coaches focused on helping people find their purpose. Clearly this is important and must not be all that easy. I can certainly say that’s been my experience and lord knows I’ve done my share of searching! I’ve also done my share of living inside and outside the lines of my purpose, which means I know how much easier and fabulous life is when I’m aligned with purpose.

Here’s the thing: finding your purpose is easier than making the choices necessary to actually follow it. For that reason, maybe you want to know what your purpose is and maybe you don’t. And I won’t lie to you, I know what it’s like to get so freaked out by something that I purposefully stuck my head in the sand and tried to ignore it (ha, ha, ha – like what I did there?) Only you know whether or not you’re in a place to take an honest look at the calling you’ve no doubt felt exists somewhere deep down inside.

If you’re ready, then I’d suggest starting with this worksheet. Keep in mind, this won’t address how to incorporate purpose into your life, but it’s an excellent way of narrowing down the infinite possibilities out there by focusing on something other than the overwhelming question, “What is my life’s purpose?”

If you aren’t ready yet, then congratulations on being honest with yourself. I think that is a perfectly acceptable choice. Just do me a favor and next time you’re tempted to complain that life is passing you by, that you’re unhappy with what you’ve accomplished thus far, or that you don’t like you’re job – remember you made the choices that kept you where you are. Don’t cop out and act like you had nothing to do with it because that’s very disempowering and leads to a victim mentality which can be difficult to crawl out of. Instead, just admit to yourself that you’re not ready to figure that out just yet and find something you do like about the choice you’ve made. But I digress…

For those who choose to look at the worksheet, I promise it will be a lot easier if you bust out pen and paper (as there is some brainstorming and comparing involved). No, you don’t have to print out my worksheet to complete it. And yes, for those of you who already know your purpose, this can still be a good exercise since it looks at your Top 5 passions and will help ensure you aren’t ignoring anything. Either way, I’d love to hear what you come up with!

Here’s to you … your purpose … and your possibilities…

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QUICK LINK: Path to Purpose worksheet


 

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The Path to Purpose by Sara Russell of Feel the Possibilities
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