Among the most important discoveries you will ever make in your life is finding your PURPOSE!—the reason for your being, the core principles you espouse, the reason for which you get out of bed every day. Defining your purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning.
So, What is YOUR LIFE PURPOSE? To be able to answer this question, why don’t you first answer these three questions below…
1. WHAT IS/ARE YOUR INTRINSIC STRENGTHS?
Taking time to analyze your unique, positive attributes will help you identify what you find most fulfilling and rewarding for you. Think about the skills and traits that you’ve been most complimented on, the times you’ve stood out in school, or in your career, and the situations in which you’ve been considered a leader. Personally, after pondering on this question for weeks, to which at one point I thought of selling smoothies, I decided to consult the oracles AKA family members on what they think I’m good at; one thing (ok six) they all kept saying was that I’m very good at thinking on my feet, coming up with ideas, reading, writing, talking and thoroughly analyzing businesses. I was pretty shocked to find out that this is how they see me. I mean yea, everything they said is true but I’ve been doing it so unconsciously I never for a second thought I could make something out of it. So in order to get the most accurate assessment of your top attributes, I recommend asking friends and family to answer this question—about you—as well!
2. WHAT INTERESTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE?
To this, start by considering activities that make you smile, laugh, and feel most fulfilled— I love fashion, coming from a family that is very big on appearance, it was a typical case of “if you can’t beat them, join them!” Second to marketing, I’m at my freest during photo-shoot sessions. No matter the pain and stress of shooting 20 different outfits in a day, I still come home with a smile on my face and a contented heart. So dig deeper, think of activities you may have enjoyed when you were younger. In addition, remind yourself of the skills you’ve always wanted to learn. These could be athletic, educational or even creative—such as learning photography, coding, or cooking.
3. WHAT CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD?
Finding your purpose means finding work that is meaningful to you, of course, but it also means identifying work that impacts the world in some way. What change would you like to see in your community, or in the world? How could you use your voice, skills, or expertise to help other people?
I started teaching and doing marketing because I knew many people that were struggling with setting up businesses. People kept asking how to do this and that concerning their businesses and I realized that that, is a pain point. The first thing I teach my students to to identify pain points, finding out people’s problem and crafting a viable solution for them is the first step in setting up a sustainable business. After receiving positive feedback and support for this, I realized that my own “purpose” is to help entrepreneurs with marketing ideas and solutions that will help them build profitable and sustainable businesses through my teaching and personal experience.
Now back to my main question…What is YOUR LIFE PURPOSE?
It wasn’t easy for me to discover mine as this write-up makes it appear, as a matter of fact i’m still in the process of discovering more of what I was brought into this world to do. Trust me, It takes time to find it—so be patient, and continue soul-searching. Keep learning, sharing, reading, asking and exploring—and I promise, your purpose will reveal itself! Once we define our purpose it becomes a beacon that guides us in the choices we make.
Now why am I sharing this? With the emergence of social media, a simple scroll down your Instagram feed can ruin your day. I’ve been there — looking with envy at all of the accomplishments and accolades your social circle is racking up while you feel like your life is at a stand still. One thing I realized later on is that when your authentic purpose becomes clear, all you can think of is sharing and making an impact which means you hardly have time to be comparing yourself with other people. You’ll care more about green-ing (if there’s such a word) your grass than yearning for someone’s.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. -Hebrews 12:11 NIV
Discipline your mind into bettering yourself and the world you live in. Redirect your focus on the things that really matter because comparison they say is the thief of joy. And your joy is your PURPOSE! Would you rather focus your mind on finding joy or on comparing yourself to others?
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~Steve Furtick
Good morning FAM!