What’s your life’s purpose? Are you pursuing a career or a calling? If you had to do what you are doing now for the rest of your life, would you feel fulfilled or could there be more to your life than what you are currently aware of? Mark Twain said…,
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
People who make a significant impact on this world have found out their “Why”, What’s your why? In this post l want to share with you 3 clues to finding your why.
- What are you passionate about?
What are those things that when you do them, it gives you a sense of fulfillment? It stirs your heart and makes you come alive. When you are in your zone of passion, it’s almost like you lose yourself, time goes by and you don’t even care.
Surprisingly, it could be a problem, injustice, a burden or a wrong that you want to make right. Whatever it is, it activates you.
Whether its activities, adventuring, music, football, caring for children, “I hate seeing the homeless.” Write it down.
This is important because your passion sets you apart.
Passion is energy. It’s power that comes from focusing on what excites you or burdens you.
2. What are your gifts?
Every one is good at something, what’s rare is the courage to follow it through the dark and light places where it leads. ~Erica Jong
If you are a person of faith, l would say, what’s your spiritual gifts (Encouragement, pastoring, evangelism, connecting with people)?
Or lets call it talent. What are you talented in? Look out for things others find hard to do that you find natural to do.
Is it entrepreneurship, building teams, making people feel relaxed and at peace, taking nice photos, boldness to speak in front of many people, drawing, dancing, organizing.
Whatever it is, it feels natural to you.You don’t have to sound like her or do it like he does to be talented. Kick comparison out of the window.
“Mediocre ability, well-developed and properly planted, will produce a larger tree of success than will extraordinary ability, scattered or uncared for.” ~Nathaniel Clark
3. What are your desires?
What do you truly, desire?, What do you earnestly want to do with your life? Because what you earnestly desire, you will get. James Baldwin said ~ “Be careful what you set your heart upon — for it will surely be yours.” If you desire to have nothing, then nothing you will have. Ralph W. Emerson said ~ “Desire is possibility seeking expression.”
When you reach deep in your heart and shine a light on what you earnestly desire, you will be amazed, because what you desire governs the power with which your passion is directed.
I am a person of faith, and I have learned in my own life that if l desire things of the flesh, then things of the flesh l will get. But if l desire what the spirit desires, then buoy, things of the spirit l will get. Denzil Washington said…
“True desire in the heart, for anything good, is God’s proof to you sent before hand that it’s yours already. “
So by now, you will begin to realize that some of the things in your circles are pretty much the same, just said differently. Some things seem to repeat or are linked together.
For example, I am passionate about inspiring people, I feel okay speaking in front of many people (so l can say l am fairly gifted to communicate) and finally, l desire to inspire people to live and live life in full. So l can also say, this is my purpose.
Look for the things that cross over all circles, this is no formula, it’s just areas that will definitely carry clues to what your purpose is. Think about what you find and do one final crucial thing.
Whatever you discover as your purpose, take it back to the blue print that God designed for you before you stepped on this planet and ask him if the print you have maps His. Because only God can confirm your purpose.
Continue to ask him for a revelation of this blue print and l believe that if you earnestly desire that, he will reveal/confirm your purpose to you.
Three bonus questions that will help you be more specific on what you want to do with your life.
- What do l want to be remembered for? (Legacy)
- How will people know that l loved them?
- If you are a person of faith (Why will God say well done good and faithful servant?)
But before l finish this post, here are 3 give away tips to help you know when or whether you are serving your purpose or not.
How do l know if l am serving my purpose?
- You know you are serving your purpose when you don’t feel like what you are doing is costing you to betray yourself.
- When what you are doing is not just a career but a calling.
- When the choices you’re making are enhancing your spirit not depriving it.
So, these are the clues, when you find your why, you will find your way. Now, go on the search. Go find your why and may be this could be the 2nd most important day in your life.
Written with heart.