Connecting to your Purpose is the first Step in the Direct Your Purpose Process.
Your Purpose is your reason, cause, or motivation for the the things that are important to you. Before you begin your goal, you must first identify why your goal matters to you. This will have a lot to do with your existing values and mindset around connecting the highest expression of yourself. Your purpose acts as your compass point towards your goals. It is your reminder in the chaos of transformation and your beacon in the storm of change. It is strong enough to withstand your doubts and inspiring enough to light the flame of your conviction over and over again.
So how do you get there?
First, you must understand that your Purpose is likely something you already possess. It is within you, and it's likely been pushing and motivating you this whole time. It's at work in the places where you are truly passionate about your life. You can have multiple purposes. Your purpose can be large and enduring like your life's work, a cause, or a movement. But your purpose can also be more temporal like completing a significant project or finishing a graduate program. Both are valid.
Here are some tips to help you connect to your Purpose?
Identify when you are at your best
I've had the pleasure of volunteering at a 5-Day event for for my Startingbloc Community, an organization that's very near and dear to my heart. On opening day, even though I was there to serve and perform mundane tasks, I could feel myself beaming from the inside out. (If you saw me that day, you likely got the biggest, grandest hug I could give.)
Creating community is part of my purpose. Being in service of a mission larger than myself is also part of my purpose. I know that when I am doing those things in any capacity, my entire being lights up. Knowing this about myself has allowed me to be clear about what motivates me and how I see my values in other areas in my life.
Identify what your goals will mean to you or someone you love
To someone who once believed that their dreams or their goals were impossible, getting to the other side of that obstacle, can feel like the kind of accomplishment, that goes way beyond the goal itself. The significance of achieving a goal of this magnitude, can be an affirmation of one's determination, sacrifice, and resilience. It can also mean an affirmation of self, and the kind of internal validation that is only possible on the other side of what once seemed insurmountable.
What will NOT achieving this goal feel like?
When we know we are capable of going beyond our present capacity, the price of staying stagnant, not trying, or not giving it your best effort, can seem high...too high. To live your whole life with the knowing that you had the ability and the skill to launch that project, write that book, or pursue that dream but you never did, can feel like a burden unto itself. That's because even when we are not living our purpose, its presence or lack of presence is felt. Connect to what that feels like for you.
How does this goal or idea represent your identity?
Who do you want to become?
There is a prescribed identity that we live in every day that has been developed over time through our experiences. And then there is our aspirational identity. Have you ever caught yourself saying, "I want to be the kind of person who ________." ? Do a journal exercise where you allow yourself to answer that statement. Pay attention to the attributes and values of this aspirational identity. What might you learn from them that will give you clues about your purpose.
So how do you plan to Connect to Your Purpose?
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