Purpose is a Process
Does the very title of this blog post cause your heart to start racing, your chest to tighten, with the weight of the world on your shoulders? How many times have you heard how important it is to find your purpose or seen articles that share five questions to finding your purpose?
There is a lot of pressure to find your purpose. And if you don't find it right away somehow, you are going to miss out on all that life has to offer you. But the purpose of this blog (no pun intended) is not to pressure you to find your purpose but to shine a light on some things you should think about as you are on the path to discovering your purpose.
I love this quote from Simon Sinek because I think it captures the true essence of finding your purpose.
Don’t you think you own it to yourself to go on a journey to discovering your purpose?
Purpose is not some lucky draw. Purpose is a choice you make about how you want to live your life. Purpose is the sum of what your interests and experiences are nudging you to do, be, and have. It is the subtle reason why you choose to do what you do every single day.
Purpose is a process. It is an ever-unfolding adventure that becomes more defined with each step you take.
On your journey to discovering your purpose, here are some questions to consider. It may be beneficial for you to get a journal and make notes about anything that comes up for you when you think about these questions.
Let me start by saying that self-awareness is vital. Be willing to explore what comes up for you without judgment. Allow your intuition and that still small voice to guide you.
What drives you?
Have you experienced something that moves you? A pain or injustices that you've seen that you can't live with? Is there something that touches you so profoundly it drives you? Whatever comes up for you when you think about this question is worth writing down.
What energizes you?
What makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning? What is something you think about what motivates you to want to take action? What sets your heart on fire?
What are you willing to sacrifice for?
These sacrifices can be material or social. It could be time, money, relationships, a full-time job. I know that sacrifices can seem like a negative thing. However, sometimes, the sacrifices you make, if made correctly, actually give you the freedom to achieve your goals and dreams.
Who do you want to serve?
Is there a population of people or animals that pull at your heartstrings? Does your heart long to serve a person or people specifically? My heart yearns to help women. Who does your heartache to serve?
How do you want to serve them?
In what ways can you serve this population? Finding this may take some trial and error. Again, when you think about how you want to serve them, also consider what energizes you.
Sometimes you may find yourself helping those you want to serve but not doing it in a way that energizes you, thus causing burnout. It doesn't mean that you didn't find your purpose; it just means that you haven't found what honors you and the population you serve.
You will encounter frustrations and challenges along the way. Sometimes you will feel overwhelmed in the process. It is okay to pause and take time to reevaluate. Uncovering your purpose is a lifelong journey. It slowly unfolds with each step you take in life. Nothing worth doing is easy.
The process of discovering your purpose can be complicated. If there is something that I can do to support you in your journey, please feel free to reach out. I would love to partner with you. In the meantime, I would love to hear what you thought of this blog post? Was there something in here that stirred you? Post it in the comments below.