How to find your purpose – it’s easier than you think
Finding my Purpose is something that has been on my mind for as long as I can remember. It is at the source of the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up”. I remember feeling a real panic when I was finishing school and had to make a choice on what career I wanted to pursue. Did I want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an architect? I chose architecture as it seemed to combine both mathematics and creativity which is still something I enjoy today. I never however saw architecture as being my purpose.
It was a way of delaying the decision on what I wanted to do with my life.
My idea of finding my Purpose always required there to be something more than a job title – there had to be this concept of being of service which is so deeply rooted within me. Being an architect just did not fulfill this void within me. In hindsight, I now know you can totally be an architect and live your purpose but when I left school I was not privy to this wisdom. I never actually completed my architecture studies; I dropped out, started a business as a fashion designer and after a few years decided to pursue a degree in computer science and entered the World of IT.
So whilst my life was happening along, I was still always on the lookout on finding my purpose. In this video (3.44 min) I share my journey on how I resolved this question for myself.
Here are the steps I used:Ask yourself: How do I want to BE rather than what do I want to DO?
This is about exploring how you want to feel rather than what actions you want to take. Write it down so that you are reminded of what it is that truly lights you up.
For me it looks like this: I wanted to be free, free to live where and how I wanted to live; financially free to travel and have material things I desire. It also means freedom to express myself in my unique way, like sharing my perspective, and how I love combining the creative, intuitive and the logical in all aspects of what I do.Make living these ‘feelings’ your highest priority. I check in with myself throughout the day to see how I’m feeling. I acknowledge where I am and then make a conscious decision to pivot in the direction of my greatest joy. The absolutely easiest way I found to live this way is to: Give to others what you most want to receive.
This statement totally changed my perspective on this whole topic around finding our purpose. I realized that if I focused my attention on giving this freedom I so desire to others then I would constantly be immersed and connected with the very feeling that brought me the most joy.
Now, when I get an idea on what to do, I check:
“Is it in alignment with my vision of freedom?”
If it is I will pursue it, if it isn’t I let it go. I now don’t care whether the idea is only there to keep me entertained for a few days or whether I create a business out of it that keeps me excited for a number of years or decades. I don’t need there to be only ONE thing anymore that will fulfill me.
My focus now is to
Give to others what you want to experience the most and you cannot help living your purpose.
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