We came into this world tethered at the navel and we’ve been gazing at it ever since.
- “Why are we here?”
- “Why were we born?”
- “What does it mean?”
- “How did it start?”
- “Where do I end?”
- “What is my purpose?”
From the time we show up on this planet and the interval of years between/before our exit, most of us meander around this rock wondering what it’s all about and what we’re supposed to do. The few of us who have, for whatever reason, honed into their Purpose early seem to have the greatest effect on the rest of us, regardless of their industry or discipline.
Dubbed geniuses all, their sense of purpose provided an over-arching and guiding element to their endeavors. Having a purpose is an amazing sort of high octane rocket fuel that propels and guides your life.
I stumbled across this exercise about 4 years ago, and it has provided a cosmic yardstick against which I measure 95% of the efforts I have expended subsequently: How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes.
If you clicked on the link, that’s a strong indicator that you are ready to take out a sheet of paper, find a timer and see what comes of completing the exercise. Two things: 1. It works. and 2. Your life will never be the same.
Once you’ve determined your purpose, you can never go back to your life as it was before. As an example that’s near and dear to my heart, I liken it to eating a fine piece of well-made dark chocolate. There is a dimensionality and richness to 90% dark chocolate that keeps me from accepting waxy, grainy milk chocolate thereafter. I would rather go without than to consume substandard chocolate.
“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” ~ Seneca
Once you have determined your purpose, there are a few things you can do in order to leverage and employ this new-found wisdom to its best effect.
- Where do you wish your “ship” to go?
- Where do your interests, talents and purpose overlap or align?
- How will you begin to sketch out your map to reach your destination?
- Who will need to be on your crew?
As you explore these action items, check them against your gut feeling. Your core has an unnameable wisdom that we have yet to quantify in the conscious realm. In order to hear your intuition; however, you must learn how to silence the world on a daily basis.
Meditation and journaling are good tools for this. Spend at least 15 minutes a day concentrating on breathing. If you are laughing at the idea and calling this time investment self indulgent, let me ask you: How much time did your last email purge take you? How long is your daily time suck as you check the interwebs, trolling for LOLCats?
You’re worth 15 minutes. Take them.
During these 15 minutes, literally spend the time concentrating on your breathing. Here are the benefits to monitoring your breathing. Once you’ve gotten good at centering yourself and “wiping the mental slate” clean, start to introduce the above questions about your purpose and how best to fulfill it. The answers will filter to the top of your awareness as if by magic.
Once you’ve begun the process of determining your purpose, you will find that others who wish to help you will come out of the woodwork. I don’t know why, but my life experience has shown me that there is a personal polarity that occurs when you begin to live out your purpose.
Another promise: you will NEVER encounter anything for which you do not have the tools/skills to handle or process. Never. Ever. Anything that comes your way once you’ve determined your purpose is spiritual calisthenics.
That’s it. Paper and pen or keyboard and Word doc ~ whatever it takes. Coffee is optional. :)
Have you found your purpose? How? How has it changed your life? Where has it led you? Is your life now what you expected it would be? Please share your story in the comments below!
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or like them on facebook.