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Finding your purpose is an act of discovery. Do you know the one question that many people have an issue answering when asked on the spot?
It does not matter the circumstances when asked this question many are left baffled. Have you figured it out yet? If you haven’t I will tell you and the question is “Who are You?” It is even harder when people are asked, “Tell me about yourself”. The reality is most people do not know themselves well enough to respond to these questions.
If you ask the average person they will give you their name, age, and address. If you tell me your name is Chris Henry, those are only two words. These two words were given by your parents, but it does not make up who you are.
Other than those three things who are you?
This is the question that takes people many years to figure out. Once you take the time to look for the answer you will find EXACTLY what you have been looking for.
Purpose is defined by the Webster dictionary as the reason for which something is done or created. I would like to break down that definition a little bit more.
Purpose is the REASON. For which something is done or created is the GOAL.
People think finding their purpose is the ultimate goal. Finding your purpose is the stepping stone. To get to a goal, you have to find your purpose. Only when you find your purpose can you define what that goal will be.
There are a few common misconceptions about what it means to find your purpose. They say, “Find your purpose and you will have fulfillment. This statement is true. They say, “Follow your passion and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Many people that are trying to find fulfillment in life have heard and know these sayings all too well. I am here to tell you that passion does not equate to purpose. Even though you are passionate about something does not mean it is your purpose. When you come across your purpose you may not start off being passionate about it.
Discover Your Interests
Growing up I was always interested in people and personal development. When I was old enough to get a job I excelled in entry-level fields revolving around customer service.
I became interested in the way people think and the reasons behind why they do what they do. I always wanted to be a helping vessel to someone in a way that I did not have growing up.
After much prayer, my interests led me to switch my major to social work.
However, I can tell you that was something I never fathomed in wanting to be when I was growing up. Whenever I was being asked what I wanted to be growing up it was always a chef, teacher, or author. Social work was never on my bucket list. Yet once I started to take the necessary classes for that major I had never felt such a lock and key experience.
I found the missing key to what I was looking for.
Try this exercise that only takes five minutes:
- Step 1: Make a list of your aptitudes (your natural talents and things you are good at.
- Step 2: Make a list of your specialized knowledge (training, expertise. Things you know about or how to do).
- Step 3: Make a list of your core philosophies (what do you believe, your worldviews, beliefs about money and love)
Check out this video by Eric Coplen Who goes into detail about this process
The next step that I would like you to take is to find out what it is you want out of life. If it is to work for yourself figure out what you would like to be doing. If you want more money how much exactly do you want?
The goal is to become specific about what it is that you want to achieve. Write your response down on a note card or a piece of paper. Carry this around with you and read it often. This is the art of goal setting.