Let’s talk about purpose. We’ve all got one, most people search for a lifetime to find it, others look for it in other people, places and things, and even still some believe theirs doesn’t exists. There is a reason we're here, on this planet, doing the work we do, interacting with the people we know, eating the foods that we eat and loving the people we love. How can something as simple as knowing our purpose be so difficult to figure out?
I have a theory about that but first - what exactly is PURPOSE? I have come to know purpose as “an emotion within yourself that you generate and then give away to others.” (2014, Mastin Kipp.) What this means is WE create it and then WE choose what to do with it. How freakin’ cool is that?
So, my theory about why it seems so difficult is quite simple: we don’t trust that little voice inside of us that knows our purpose and whispers what it is and what to do with it. Our head trash (you know, that brain junk that is critical and judgmental of everything we feel, do and think? Ya, that's head trash), gets loud and overpowers that soft, gentle voice that knows the truth.
These 3 simple exercises will get you on the path of discovering your purpose, head trash-free.
#1. PUMP THE BRAKES.
Seriously, slow down. Get quiet, be still, and be present. Maybe tune into a guided meditation, or write a “just thinking of you” note to someone you’re truly just thinking about. You don’t have try to eradicate your head-trash because well, that’s just impossible. Instead, challenge it with acceptance, love, compassion and a mental massage.
#2. LISTEN UP.
Listen to your heart, your intuition, your gut, your wiser self – whatever you call that voice that whispers your purpose to you on a daily basis. Listen carefully to the supportive, loving, compassionate ways that little voice cheers you on. Those moments of “You’ve got this; I know it’s scary but I totally believe in you; You’re ready; They’re ready for you; You’ve totally got this.” That is your PURPOSE speaking – don’t ignore it.
#3. GET BUSY.
Be of service by making contributions such as giving of yourself, to something bigger than yourself. Fulfillment is the feeling that typically accompanies contribution. Get out there and give your skills, talents, compassion and understanding, to those who could use them, while maintaining healthy boundaries.
Practice these daily and your journey to discovering your purpose and living your purpose will blossom.