You were created with a unique purpose to fulfill, a part to play in this complex world we live in. You didn’t just randomly happen. You were put here for a specific reason that supports your family, your friends, your professional colleagues and the universe in general. As you were being crafted, you were given a unique set of gifts, values and personality traits that make you who you are. In all the billions of people who have ever lived, and will ever live, there will never be another you.
At the perfect time, you were set out on your life’s journey, living out your purpose, pre-packed with your unique traits, to make a difference in the world. Whether you knew it or not, you have been living out your purpose throughout your life in many ways. You can’t help being you—it’s how you are wired. Fulfilling your purpose has taken on a different appearance at different stages of your life, but at its very core, it has never changed.
Mark Twain said that there are two important days in a person’s life: the day she was born and the day she find’s out why. Michael Hyatt says “Over the years as I have watched and listened to successful people, I have discovered a common thread: They know why they’re here.” And Oprah believes it, too! She once said “When you’re honoring your calling, there’s an undeniable sense of stimulation and exhilaration. It just feels so right.”
What’s so empowering about knowing your purpose?
- Your purpose is like your GPS, pointing the way on your life’s journey. It keeps you from getting distracted from “detours,” and from getting off in the ditch where you just spin your wheels. Your purpose points the way to the place you are created to go. Without it, you may waste valuable time, energy and resources on reaching a destination that you regret. If you have the pin dropped at the wrong point on your map, every step you take toward getting to that place just gets you to the wrong place faster.
- If you know your purpose, you make wise decisions, you know where to invest your time, and you know when to say no. Most women simply don’t know how to say that powerful word, and take on too many things out of obligation or guilt. If you have a clear purpose, when presented with an opportunity, if it does not align with that purpose and your goals, you can say no confidently, without guilt, knowing that there is someone else who is a perfect fit.
- Living with purpose brings you greater self-acceptance, knowing that you are enough just as you are. You were created to fulfill your unique purpose, and equipped with the gifts, personality traits and core values to support you along the way. You were also NOT given certain gifts because they don’t support your plan. Knowing your purpose and your giftedness gives you the freedom to be who you are, just as you are. And you can quit comparing yourself to others, which is a big waste of your energy.
- When you are living in alignment with your purpose, your definition of success takes on a new meaning. What’s most important to you doesn’t have to align with the world’s view. In fact, with clarity of purpose that feeds your soul, all the “stuff” that the world says you must have is pretty trivial. You pursue significance instead of worldly success.
- Living with purpose is energizing. When you are not living on purpose, you become drained. You are resentful of the tasks you have taken on, and you just wish you had more time to do the things you truly want to do. But when you are living each day according to your passions and true calling, you have greater energy and are much more productive. You are excited about what lies ahead each morning instead of living for the weekends.
- Embracing your purpose gives you courage to step out of your comfort zone. We sabotage our own dreams with fear—fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of disappointing others, fear of rejection. And sometimes it’s even fear of success! But when you are living in accordance with your purpose, you know you are on the right path toward reaching your full potential. Sure, there will be bumps and potholes along the way, but you won’t allow them to totally derail your progress. Knowing who you are meant to be and what you were created to do is so empowering, and helps you trade mediocre for magnificent.
- Your why provides the passion behind your work, whether you are an entrepreneur, stay-at-home mom or community volunteer. For example, you don’t just say “I cut and style hair,” you say “I make people feel beautiful by cutting and styling their hair.” Your purpose allows you to convey the why behind the what, which is much more compelling, and your work doesn’t seem like work. You don’t have to do it, you get to do it. You are highly motivated and you inspire others as you make a difference in their lives.
To be truly successful in all areas of life, you must first know your true purpose, then use it as the foundation for creating a life well lived. If you are feeling a little flat or disconnected, it’s time to connect with your why. I’d love to be your guide on the journey! Click here for details on how you can live a more purpose-filled life.