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. I found this statement to not be in its entirety! Many people that are trying to find fulfillment in life have heard and know these saying 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.
The Definition Of Purpose
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.
Passion Does Not Always Lead to Purpose
I will tell you what can happen if you follow simply one of your many passions when trying to find your purpose. In high school, I was a mediocre student. One thing that did keep me going was sports. I played softball, basketball, and field hockey throughout my childhood and high school career. Then I graduated and it was time for to go off to college and pick a major. At the start, I chose dietetics and nutrition. I had set my hopes on becoming a Registered Dietitian. I thought why not turn my passion for health and fitness into a career. Then reality quickly set in.What I discovered through my first semester that it revolved around math and science. I should tell you that I completely loathe math and science.
Discover Your Interests
Growing up I was always interested in people and personal development. When I was old enough to I have always excelled in entry-level fields revolving around customer service. I am 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. In other words, I was never passionate about any of those things. They were only my interests.
My interests led me to switch my major to social work. 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.
Passion is Not the Goal
If your passion happens to be your purpose consider yourself lucky! If you are still searching for your purpose I would like to suggest you take a look at my blog post How to Use Self-Awareness to Find Your Purpose.That blog post is an awesome tool to help you find your purpose. It shows you why self-evaluation is so important in this fundamental season of your life. So, in essence, follow your purpose, not your passion. If you follow purpose the passion will follow. It will be effortless. To reach unimaginable goals for your life, you have to walk into your purpose.