This blog is one of a three-part blog series. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you start with reading the first blog in this series called “3 Benefits of Knowing Your Purpose.”
So now that we talked about the benefits of knowing your purpose – let’s move onto how you discover your purpose? If you do not know what your purpose is, you are not alone. To discover your purpose you will need to connect with the Source from which it comes. This deep place is your internal compass and guidance system. We all can access it but it requires deep listening and turning off the chatter from the outside world.
Open Up Your Mind To Find Breakthroughs
The process of getting there is a little bit of an adventure. I invite you to relax and open up your mind for this next part.
When you work on this on your own, you will need to go to a deep place and learn to listen to your inner voice. Your inner voice is the part of you that lights up awareness so you see things you didn’t see before.
At the 2005 commencement ceremony at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said this “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Essentially, listen to your inner voice to find your purpose.
Your inner voice makes you feel empowered, authentic, euphoric and even peaceful. It wants you to live out your purpose and potential. It is the voice of reason and wisdom or your intuition. It wants you to have a full and meaningful life.
Taping into this voice is where you find breakthroughs, where you explore yourself, forgive yourself, reinvent yourself and where you find your life purpose.
Purpose and Love a Strong Alignment
Your purpose and what you love should be in agreement with each other. You will know what it is if you take time to listen. There may be an overriding theme that is present, clues that you need to examine or new things to try.
Purpose is the “why” behind what you do. The answer to “why” will be related to something you love. You see, love has to be put into action through your service in the world. The impact of your work is then the fruits of your labor.
Jim Carrey watched his father lose his job doing something he felt he had to do as opposed to doing what he loved. He said this about this experience- “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
When you follow your purpose but start to get pulled into self-doubt or waiver due to negative feedback from the outside word, you can remind yourself of the “why” and your energy and motivation will be replenished.
Finding your purpose is a discovery process that starts intrinsically based on who and what is inside you. You will need to get away from the busyness of life and become still and quiet.
Mother Teresa says this – “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.”
You Can Have Multiple Life Purposes
You may find you have multiple life purposes at one time or various purposes that may come and go at different points in your life. Or like Mother Teresa, you can also be drawn by a single life purpose that spans your entire life existence. Her purpose was to serve the poor as a nun.
Questions to Help Unlock Your True Purpose
Here are 3 questions to help you tap into this inner voice. Feel free to pause you reading and write down your answers.
Where does your power, energy, and ability to create come from?
Where do your love and passion reside?
Is there a spirit, soul, inner guide you can hear when you take time to really listen?
You’ll want to do this activity when you can have a calm and quite space to go deep inside yourself and ask these questions.
Join me in the next blog where we will have “5 Questions to Help You Identify Your Purpose” and if you didn’t already do so read the first blog on “3 Benefits of Knowing Your Purpose”.
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– Julie Allen