By a show of hands, how many of you know your purpose or your passion?
Obviously, I can’t actually see any of you, but I’m willing to bet there are plenty of people reading this whose hands are not in the air.
Knowing your purpose or your passion has been a major point of concern for people in last 10 years. Even in the midst of a stressed economy, people aren’t okay with spending 8+ hours a day dedicating their valuable time and energy to careers that bring them nothing more than financial satisfaction.
People want to feel inspired by and passionate about the work they do. And in all honestly, I think the Universe wants that for us, too.
So, how do you know what your passion or purpose is? As much as I wish Angels would appear to us in our dreams and reveal our paths, that’s frequently not the case.
More often, passion and purpose are revealed to us slowly, through trial and error – through experiences that bring joy and those that repel us. That’s why when clients want to know how to determine their purpose, I ask them to look back at the path their lives have taken and remember what experiences brought them joy compared to what turned them off or tuned them out.
In those details is where your passions lie.
But don’t be fooled. Just because something is your passion or your purpose does not mean it will come easily to you. Many have been convinced that a particular career was part of their “destiny” because the duties it involved came so easily.
Sometimes what we’re good at is just that – what we’re good at. It’s not necessarily what will bring us alive or bring out the highest, best parts of ourselves. For instance, I know that helping women through motivational speaking, through my writing, and through fear with my coaching is what I am meant to do. These things make every part of my being sing. Yet, I still have to work at them. I work hard at them. And I’m still growing and developing in each.
The hard work is the trade-off for the satisfaction that my purpose brings me.
So, take a moment (or several moments) to ask yourself what are the things or people who’ve brought you immense joy. What were you doing the last time you got caught up in a moment and lost track of time. Teaching? Writing? Painting? Playing and parenting your children?
Whatever it is, when you figure out your passion, hold tight to it and find a way to devote a bit of yourself to it each day. It is what the Universe is calling upon us to do. To step into the highest form of ourselves.