“You may be old. You may be sick. You may be divorced. Your kids may not be speaking to you. You may be out of work. You may be broke. You may be discouraged. But you’re not dead yet. And that’s proof that you still have not completed what you were put on earth to do.”
There are many reasons people don’t pursue purpose or reach their full potential.
But for the most part, I believe many just find themselves waddling down “Easier Road” – the path that offers least resistance.
Where they sit back, wish for greatness but don’t work towards anything.
But “Easy-road” sojourners come to the late realization that the pain of regret is actually worse than the pain of paying the price for a dream.
Being intentional about success would have made all the difference.
They realize that success follows those that are careful about what they think, what they feel and what they do.
One of the keys to living an intentional life is discovering and pursuing your purpose.
It is hard to be intentional about “nothing”. There must be a focus, a pursuit of something.
Purpose births intentionality. When you know what you want and the direction your life should take, you become unstoppable.
To discover purpose, you need to accept that
1. You are not our own. You have a Creator and He has wired you to do a specific job on earth.
2. Purpose comes from within (not from without).
3. Purpose pursuit involves work.
So how do you discover purpose?
1. Inner discontent.
This is an unquenchable thirst and desire for something greater. A feeling that “there just has to be more to life than this“. It is not a passing whim, but something you yearn for from deep within, something that makes you uncomfortable with your current level.
2. Your gifts or talents.
Personally, I have never liked math and complex sciences. Anything with a formula, theory or calculation has me running for the door. I just figure that I am not shaped or gifted in that way. On the other hand, I love to read and write. I love to organize and solve problems.
If there are things which naturally occur to you or things that you do better than others – they can be pointers to your purpose.
3. What others say about you.
Other people can actually clue you on what you are good at.
A few years ago, I began to play with beads. I’ve never considered myself a crafts person, so I wasn’t impressed by my hand crafted jewelry. But when I put them up for sale, people loved them.
While jewelry making was not my ultimate thing, it did affirm my creative bent and passion for creating unique and excellent products and services.
You don’t have to agree with what everyone says about you, or run off with other peoples’ ideas. But if more than one person, especially those who know you well, say something that connects with you, it’s worth noting.
4. Your passion.
So what excites you? What can you do for free? What makes you angry, happy or sad? What moves you?
Your passions, coupled with other things can point to your purpose.
How about you, have you discovered your purpose? How else can you discover purpose? Please share in the comments section below.
*Image courtesy of Angela Highfield