Does everyone really have a unique life purpose?
If you are anything like me, this is a BIG question that you've asked at various stages of your life. Yet unfortunately, a great proportion of us never truly discover what our purpose is on this side of eternity so end up giving up or settling for less.
In an attempt to obtain a 'safe' and 'secure' income or lifestyle, I as well as many others have suppressed our true inner desires or ignored our dreams…
After speaking to many of my friends/colleagues, I realised that oftentimes the fear of doing nothing often leads us to doing 'anything' even if it's something we HATE.
This isn't all negative as finding a job or something productive to do can have its benefits for a season e.g. the opportunity to develop skills, learn about what you enjoy/don't enjoy and let’s be honest, a bit of cash in the savings account is always an added bonus!
The hope is that after trying your hand at a few things, researching, exploring and speaking to people (networking) etc you’ll find the ‘ONE’.. or if you're blessed you'll hit the jackpot the first time!
So how do I go about discovering my 'purpose'?
So let's first start by defining purpose.
The dictionary definition is as follows: Purpose (noun) - the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc
Purpose is so much more than a job or a career, purpose is where strengths, personality and desires align.
As human beings we are multifaceted creatures and for that reason I would argue we can each have multiple purposes, some unique to us and some more generic/applicable to all e.g. be happy, love God and love one another etc.
But why should I care?
Ultimately, in order to live a happy and fulfilling life I believe we need to live in alignment with our unique God given designs and find what many people like to call our 'WHY', as he who has a why can endure any 'how'.
So now that we have defined purpose and explained it's importance, how do we actually figure out what our unique life purpose is?
3 things that help in discovering your purpose:
Understand your personality;
Identify your strengths;
Outline your desires (interests, values or passions).
I will be going into more detail on these three key elements in upcoming posts. Remember to subscribe to the newsletter for future blog post alerts :)