Have you ever wondered what your life is all about, and why you are here, on this planet, living in this time? What really, at the core of your being, has been a constant pull, a theme, a series of meaningful desires that keep calling to you?
Now ask yourself, what is / has been the purpose of your current life? Are you fulfilled living the life you are? If not, are you willing to do some self-assessment to find that part of you that would make you come alive?
I have come to hold true that the grandest purpose of our lives is to bring ourselves fully to every moment. Purpose is where we assemble all that we know, value, and believe about ourselves, add our innate gifts, abilities, and talents, and fuel them with our passions, vision, and goals. Purpose is the sum of everything you hold true and dear. It is an invaluable matrix that you put together. Each priceless element represents a key component of who you are, and strung together, they say to the world, “This is who I am!”
Our purpose is the blueprint and theme of our life. Purpose is our ground. It is the constant in an ever-changing world. It gives us direction, focus, and feedback as we travel through life. It allows us to carry out our life completely and confidently. It allows us to express our uniqueness without ego, harm, or attachment. It channels the energy of our passion into the connections and work we offer the world. It answers the questions “Who Am I, why Am I here, and what Am I to do?”
Knowing, truly feeling, and living one’s purpose leads to authenticity. Authenticity is revealed through living your life with purpose. Purpose channels our moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings, and it allows us to live our truth in every moment. It gives a name to our special existence. It allows us to interact in an open, honest, real, intimate, simple way that delivers continuous opportunities for happiness. We all marvel and connect with those who live from a loving, open, focused, and contented center. That same opportunity is available to every one of us – it becomes ours to manifest, or not.
I have learned that the purpose of my life is what I say it is. My purpose is the meaning I give to my life. There is nothing that I am supposed to do other than what I say. Waiting for outside affirmation keeps people on a Ferris wheel that goes round and round. I spent many years chasing the “what” and “why” from outside sources, including the phantoms that my ego loved to bring my way. Once I realized that I held all the keys and had all the power, things became clearer, simpler, and more joyful. People and events started happening that supported this new way of thinking, and my life has been fulfilling ever since.
Purpose answers the question “Why Are You Here?”
Author/speaker Simon Sinek says having purpose is the most powerful form of human motivation, especially at work: “Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care? Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever’s left.”
I invite you to take some time and see whether you have a meaningful, life-affirming sense of purpose, and wake up each day ‘on-fire,’ or, if not, you begin a process of self-discovery that could significantly alter you life’s trajectory.
Consider the following questions, and see what opens up for you. Look at your answers to these questions around who am I, what is my uniqueness, my special offering to this life and the world? How can I best serve and be fully used and live with more freedom, joy, and fulfillment?
Q: Why are you here, in this world, right now?
Q: Do you have a sense of a life that you want to lead, a feeling of what you are meant to do or are supposed to do?
Q: What are you seeking?
Q: If you could live your life any way you desired, what would that look like? Who would you be, what would you be doing, and how alive would you feel?
Q: What are you trying to become?
Q: What difference do you want to make in the world?
Q: At the end of your life, what do you want to leave for the world?
Begin a journal on your answers, on what comes up for you. Let the following graphic help you see how purpose interweaves in everything you are, say and do.
I like to use the following formula that we all can use to re-connect to our own innate purpose:
Purpose = Awareness + Values + Passions + Vision + Gifts + World’s Greatest Need + What Can Sustain You
Life is a gift bestowed on every one of us. The challenge is to live the life you intend, to live the grandest version of the greatest vision you can imagine, and to discover and unleash the abilities you possess so that everyone, including you, benefits from being in your presence. When we link all the elements of who we are into this chain, we create our most unique and powerful energy. Our purpose, our meaning of life, becomes the most effective, loving, and satisfying way to live. Re-membering our purpose, living a life of purpose, is the best definition of a life well lived.
Our shared purpose in Life is to find our Purpose – our individual Purpose is to give ourself fully to it!