Almost 3 times a week as I'm driving to work, as many of us do, I sit and watch people making their daily commute to work themselves, and I wonder if this routine habit they have achieved is really fulfilling them. Does their 9 to 5 add to their lives in any real way besides a paycheck, most likely not. A huge percentage of people are daunted by the early wake up every morning, the energy output that consumes their day, and then the money that inevitably goes to bills. We all have to do it, it's adulting, it's responsibility, but it can also be the very thing that makes us feel chained. My question to you is, why? Why do we commit 70% or more of our lives to something that doesn't bring value to our mental wellness? I'll be a doing a series/workshop that'll help you answer these questions, but also help you find ways to understand your purpose and work towards making it your key to success.
What is PURPOSE?
By definition, purpose is the reason for which something is created. This is SO important!!!!!! Moving through life without purpose, essentially means you are living without knowing why. How depressing is that?? Regardless of what higher power you believe in, you must believe that you were born to do something meaningful in the world. Meaningful does not equate to the amount of dollar signs in your bank account, if this is what you feel your purpose has been then I hate to tell you, you are mistaken. A lot of people will say that becoming a parent was their purpose, but this too is a hat that you wear. I know that being a mother is huge role that I play, and by far, one of the more meaningful jobs that I have, but it is not my purpose. We have to be sure we do not mistake our jobs for our purpose. Our job is usually the daily commitment we have made to someone else to provide them a service, in fact by definition our job is a paid position of regular employment.
We have to be sure we do not mistake our jobs for our purpose. Our job is usually the daily commitment we have made to someone else to provide them service, in fact by definition our job is a paid position of regular employment.
Your job is NOT your purpose
If that sounds like purpose to you, then I cannot wait for you to see how your life will change when you learn what your purpose really is. The thing is, we all start our journeys in a similar way... We go to college, get our degree, get a job, get married, have kids, etc. You've seen the movie, you're living the movie. Society has taught us to do things this way, and while it's more than likely tried and true, it may not bring your closer to your purpose. It's rare that our parents allow us the space to explore the passions that we truly enjoy, and as we get sucked into the world, we move farther and farther from those passions. Here's the golden nugget, if you are truly drawn to a gift, then you will naturally want to learn as much as you possibly can. You will become an expert in that gift, and in turn, people will want to learn from you. Already you have given someone a gift, just in exploring yours. The benefits of sharing your gift with the world is that you have now become a part of someone else journey. You've become an integral part of someone else's life and purpose. That is the human experience. Ask yourself now, does my job help other people and myself grow closer to their/my purpose? If the answer is no, stop and take moment, decide if this is the path you want to continue to take.
You don't have to quit your job
So, now we've tapped into what purpose means, but don't panic, you don't have to quit your job to be living a life of purpose; however, you do need to make it your job to take steps in the direction of pursuing your purpose. Living for the weekends, just isn't living. You can't save your to-do list for the weekend, you also can't make the weekends the only time you feel free. When I decided to change the course of my life and become a life coach, I knew that it meant I was going to have to work harder, put in more time, exert energy I barely thought I had, but it was done with a smile and gratitude. Working in for your purpose should be welcomed and a task that is enjoyed. When I started out changing gears into life coaching, I still taught full-time, I would come home and plan out the tasks I needed to complete everyday to get my life coaching business off the ground. I reveled in the work that I was doing for business because I knew it was my purpose. Eventually, after countless hours I was able to work less hours teaching and devote more time to my life coaching. My purpose made room for me. In fact, I'd go so far to say, in knowing my purpose I became free. The time I spent working on my business that was bringing me so much joy, felt like a productive meditation. It was me time. It was time I was sewing back into my spirit. So don't go quitting your day job, just start investing in your life's work.
Make sure to check out my Youtube channel Becoming You for quick fix videos on this serious about "Living In Your Purpose."
This is a journey... take it easy!