The month of October has been truly special because we've been sinking into our deeper sense of self, becoming who we were meant to be, and living in our purpose. Last week we spent time defining purpose and really gaining an understanding of what purpose is and how we can introduce it into our lives. The task for the week last week, was to create a list of all the things that bring you joy. Now is the time to get that list out. While we all have hobbies and passions that bring us joy, not all of them may be our calling or purpose, how do we know?? Here are 5 ways to know if a hobby/gift/talent of yours is your purpose.
1. Your purpose gives you a sense of gratitude
Purpose isn't exactly the way Webster's dictionary defines it, it is an actual spiritual connection between you and the world around you. Consider all the moving pieces inside a computer, each piece carrying it's own purpose, each part working towards keeping the computer working. You are a piece of the world, of your community, of the mechanism that is your life. In order for everything in the world to work at it's best, we need to function at our best, imagine how good it must feel to know that you are so important to the functionality of the world. IT FEELS AMAZING!!!!!! The only was to respond to this is with gratitude. When you decide to live in purpose, those who come across you will feel grateful for what you share, for the energy you give off, and in turn it will extend to you.
2. Your Purpose Heals
When you decide to live in your purpose and share it with others, it will begin to heal those you connect with. In sharing your story and your calling, you'll find others being inspired by you, calling on you to share "how did you do it?" Here's the gift of sharing your gift, you will become healed by healing others, you will become more open by opening up to others, you will grow as you help others grow. Your purpose should provide healing to others when you share it.
3. Your Purpose is Altruistic
As much as your purpose will give you a sense of worth and value, there should be a selflessness about it. You should be willing to expand your purpose with others, want to teach others about your purpose in the hopes that they would benefit. When I realized I my calling was to become a life coach, it was truly a cathartic experience for me. Clearly, I was pushing myself to dig deeper into who I was and the gifts I had to share, but I was truly hoping to lift others up. My joy came from hearing my clients speak about how my calling has helped them pursue theirs. Purpose will give you a sense of altruistic joy, you will gain strength from empowering others to do better.
4. Your Purpose Connects
Finding your purpose means finding your tribe, the people who think and feel and move like you. Imagine a world where everyone was living and breathing in their purpose?????? People would be encouraged, uplifting others, smiling, taking time to motivate those in need. Living in your purpose will bring you a sense of passion and fire to be excited, and in that space of happiness people will be attracted to you. The thing is, living in your purpose is a major attraction to those around you. When you listen to someone who is passionate about what they do, you suddenly become excited about what they do. I have never been more captivated than listening to this guy talk to me about butterflies, for about 2 hours he had my full attention, his hands were going and his eyes were lit up, and I was a moth to his flame. Wether or not I cared for butterflies his passion ignited me and I was connected. Your purpose should connect you to others!!
5. Your Purpose Forces You to Evolve
The one final thing and most amazing thing about living in your purpose is that YOU will grow and change with each new depth you sink into. Living in purpose isn't a destination, it's a journey. Just as your childhood dreams changed when you became an adult, so will your sense of purpose as you continue to discover it. I know once I found my calling as a life coach, it really pushed me to learn more about who I was, to uncover my own pains in order to help uncover others, and even now I am still unraveling parts of myself. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
Living in your purpose will always be the most successful thing you can with your life, you'll know when you're living in it because you will have a peace about you. There's nothing more satisfying that knowing you are fulfilling what the universe has called you to do, and you will.