Have you read about living your life with purpose? Or doing what you love? I am sure you have, after all it seems to be one of those hip topics everybody and their dog is talking about.
To give you a perspective of living a life on a purpose or doing what you truly want or love to do, you can look to other people.
I like to go and see live bands. When I watch them sing and play they seem lost in their music. They are absorbed and laser focused.
But it is their aura I notice. Their being if you like. They just look like they are loving every minute of what they do.
I notice this same “look” when I observe people working with animals, nature and healing professions. And also with those people who are highly enthusiastic about what they do.
So Many Articles on Purpose
There are a lot of posts, articles and even books written about finding your purpose. I don’t know about you, but I like reading other writers ideas or slants on topics that I have already read about. It gives me a fresh or different perspective.
Unfortunately, Some of those I read (In my opinion), make this out to be something that is beyond us, difficult and even painful; something that is esoteric in nature.
For me, living a life on purpose is not a luxury, it is a duty. Why? because when we are living a life on and with purpose we are serving others in our own unique way. And I believe we all have God given talents that are for that, err, purpose.
Some people refer to a purpose led life as doing what you love to do. This again gives people a misconception of the whole idea. It conjures up the notion that we must be cartwheeling around our work every day loving every single second.
Even when doing something you are totally in love with, it will have some duties that we may not necessarily want to do.
For example, I am not a tech wizard by any stretch of your imagination, so when I set up my wordpress blog a few years ago there were a couple of occasions where I wanted to throw my Mac across the office.
But on the whole doing what you are born to do, using the talents you have been blessed with will give your work meaning, fulfilment and yes of course, sheer enjoyment.
So What is a Life On Purpose?
There is something that you can do that nobody on the else planet can do quite like you.
Now that doesn’t mean that you must go on a long journey of self discovery and invent something entirely new to do. It can be something that is already being done by someone else.
Let’s take coaching as an example. I will coach in a style that is unique to me. Nobody else will be able to do it quite like I can. However, there are thousands of coaches out there. All able to coach in their own particular way too.
If you ask the right questions, you’ll get the right answers
So the answer to finding your purpose, to unearthing your own treasure chest of talents that are within you, is to ask the right questions.
7 Insightful Questions To Discovering Your Purpose
The questions I present you below are not questions where an answer will immediately spring to mind. That will be your logical (And often fearful) conscious mind talking. No, these questions are specifically designed to go deep into your unconscious mind.
But first this…
Until you find your purpose and start living it you may be stuck in a job you dislike. If this is you and are currently frustrated or fed up by that you may like to read a previous blog post where I share 5 quick and easy tips of how you can love any job
As a coach the biggest (And one of the worst) questions I hear is, “I just don’t know what I want to do?”
You may have found yourself saying this to yourself from time to time too.
With such a powerless question comes such a powerless answer. If you repeatedly ask that question then you will never or rarely find your purpose.
So here are 7 insightful questions you can ask yourself. Choose two or three you feel you like or will work for you (They all work).
There is no need forcing an answer as that is like telling a flower to hurry up and grow; it doesn’t work.
There is not a greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you come most truly alive. Oprah Winfrey
Instead ask these to yourself before sleep or first thing in the morning. Then wait. Trust that they will produce an answer for you.
- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
- If you knew nobody would ever criticize you, what would you do?
- What if God (Or the Universe) told you today that they will guarantee you success in anything you wanted to do, what would you do?
- What, when you talk about it or do it, makes you lose all sense of time?
- What are the main topics of the books you read (or online articles)? Is there a particular theme, subject or topic that dominates?
- What are you interested in?
- What did you want to be or do before you were ten years old?
The answers will more than likely come to you when you least expect them to. Like when you are in the shower, reading a book, working out or on an evening or early morning walk.
Sometimes the answer will come as a gut feeling, a fast vision in your mind or a still small voice.
But it will be powerful, even the still small voice will be impossible to ignore. You will know it when it arrives. The answer may pop into your mind like toast out of the toaster just as you don;t expect it too.
Just add a dash of patience. Remember choose two or three questions you just like and ask them over and over and over again.
Be Open to all and any Possibilities
Discovering your purpose does not necessarily mean you will be the next Steve Jobs or Jack Ma (although you could be of course).
Oftentimes your purpose will be something you are already interested in or have been. You may even find it in your hobby.
For example, you may like gardening so much that when you are out there weeding and tending your flowers time stands still and you feel inner peace. That could be your calling.
Maybe you could start your own landscape business and help people create magnificent pieces in their back yard or garden. Places where others can go and relax, de-stress, unwind and feel inner peace.
What a great purpose that would be.
So be open to all and any possibilities.
If you do, your purpose will talk to you. Life has already been nudging you, giving you signs, feelings and other prompts.
Learn to listen and you could be soon living your purpose too. Immersed in doing what you love and getting paid for it.
Live big, Live Well.