Living Your Purpose

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Advice, Featured Articles, Hate My Job; Burned Out, Live Your Purpose | 0 comments

Become who you ARE.

In January 2011, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched and one of the shows offered is a Master Class.  It’s basically famous, wise, insightful people who pass on their knowledge and wisdom to viewers.  Folks like Diane Sawyer, Simon Cowell, and the queen bee (Oprah) herself sat down and passed on some really great advice.

The thing that struck me the most and has now changed my entire perspective on life is the concept of living one’s purpose.  It’s about more than a job, a paycheck, a marriage, a geographical location, a house, a car, a bank account, popularity, success, accomplishments, and all that.  Oprah said that one way to find your purpose is to think about what you naturally do well…. where you feel comfortable doing something, the answers come naturally to you, and it feels like you were born to do it.  Look there and you’ll likely find YOUR purpose somewhere nearby!

So I’ve launched on a journey to live my purpose.  Here is some insight I can share after eight months of the journey:

1.  At first it feels overwhelming.  We’re so trained to think in terms of success = job, money, & stuff that we don’t really know what it feels like to live where we belong.

2.  Instead of reaching up and out for your goals, you’ll start to reach in.  A huge “aha” moment will be that you are not what you do or what you have or what you’ve accomplished.  You are enough.  That’s it.

3.  It’s not a fancy mission statement or a goal.  Your purpose may unfold to you as a simple statement.  Mine did and it took me some time to get my head around it:  My purpose is to help people solve their business and work-related problems.

Once you embrace that and start to snuggle down into your purpose, life just comes easier. Money comes easier.  Relationships come easier.  It’s awesome.

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