Find Your Purpose | Part 1: Assess the Situation


person in a maze, unsure of life purpose

If you feel like you don’t know what your purpose is, then this blog series is for you. This isn’t going to be a lot of woo-woo theory. In each step, you’ll be prompted to take specific actions that will help you align your thoughts, choices, and actions to find your purpose. Know this for sure:

Your soul knows your purpose.

But before we get started, you should know a little bit more about a soul-based approach to finding a job. A soul-based job search is listening to that voice inside you that is the essence of who you are. Some people call it their heart or their gut, but it’s your soul.

Unfortunately, as adults, our soul’s voice often gets ignored. There are bills to pay, consequences to pay and a heap of other real excuses that block us from finding purpose and living a soul-based life. If you’re feeling frustrated and unfulfilled in the work that you do, it’s likely you’ve disconnected from your inner voice.

You Have to Connect to Your Inner Voice

to find your purpose you have to connect to your inner self

It’s time to get re-introduced to your inner voice and put your so-called reality on hold as you find your purpose. That means no judging the feelings and ideas that bubble up during this blog series. Trust the process and do the actions steps at the end of each lesson.

To Find Your Purpose You Need a Grocery List

If you were going to make tacos for dinner tonight, would you go to the store, wander through the aisles and buy Sour Patch Kids instead of taco shells? No, because you have a taco-making plan. It’s called a grocery list.

The grocery list resulted from about 5 minutes of research. First, you checked the pantry and the fridge to see what taco ingredients you already had. Then you figured out what you needed to buy based on how much money you have budgeted to make tacos. Do you really need tomatoes or would a splash of salsa suffice? Do you buy the store-made guac or make your own? Done.

This is Called Assessing the Situation

When trying to find your purpose, research is crucial to the process. That means looking at your career history, pain points, goals, and deciding if you are truly happy where you are. If you are just starting your career, look at your education and interests.

You can spend hours or just a few minutes thinking about this. But by the end of assessing your situation to find your purpose, you should be able to answer this question without pause.

Are You Living to Earn or Earning a Living?

Let that question sink in a moment.

If you feel like you are stuck in your current job, then your paycheck is probably the highlight of your work. The trouble is if you are not making enough money to have a comfortable lifestyle, you have double the discontent. When you earn a living, the money is a perk. It’s an afterthought. Earning a living means you enjoy what you do and it takes care of all of your needs, not just financial ones. 

Woman enjoying her life

Action Steps 

If you are living to earn, it’s time to break out of the “work sucks” mentality. It’s time to take action and assess your situation. The first step is to identify the activities that you enjoy.

1. Write down a list of all of the things you enjoy doing.

Do you like to cook? Play video games? Read? Go fishing? See all of the latest movies as soon as they are in the theater? Eat ice cream? Collect Funko Pops? Don’t you dare think about the making-money potential associated with these activities. We are only talking about things that really make you happy. Go! A list of 10 is a good start, 25 is even better.

2. Look at your list and imagine making a lot of money doing these activities.

It’s time to suspend reality and imagine making your income or double your income doing these items on your list. seems crazy, right? You’re thinking, yeah, that will never happen. How can doing what I like to make me money? People who follow their bliss don’t have 3 kids to feed or zero savings.

Have you seen YouTube lately? A 7-year-old named Ryan who reviews toys was the top earner for 2018 at $22 million. Other top earners according to Forbes were gamers, and DudePerfect and its incredible trick shots. There are no crazy ideas. This leads us to action step 3.

3. Change your thinking.

How is being a negative Nancy working for you? Making money doing something that you love isn’t all or nothing. Making the change to earning a living can be a gradual shift. A big step to find your purpose is to thinking and taking small actions to align your current work what you love to do.

Mike Dooley, is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur.  He founded a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that’s now home to over 700,000 members from over 185 countries. His Notes from the Universe weekday emails are the weird and wonderful start to the day. I’ve been a fan for years. Dooley’s mantra is, “Thoughts become things … so make them good ones.”

We all have the power to create the life we want.
In the next post, we’ll dive into further cultivating an open mind. 

Tracey Lamphere

Tracey Lamphere, M.S. IMC is the editor of Job Affirmations, a publication that provides information and ideas to use mindfulness, positive affirmations, and visualizations to transform your career.

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