What Do You Really Want to Do with Your Life? Discovering Your Purpose
Note: This article contains excerpts from my latest book:
The Quest For Purpose: A Self-Discovery Process to Find It and Live It!
The point at which something springs into being or from which it derives or is obtained; one that causes, creates or initiates; a maker; one, such as a person or document, that supplies information; the point or part of a system where energy or mass is added to the system.
Your Life Leaves Clues
Have you ever felt you deserved more—more fulfillment, more satisfaction, more success, more significance?
I believe each and every person—including you—is here for a reason. You were created with specific interests, talents and gifts that can excite and motivate you. You simply need to embark on a path to self-discovery. Only you can uncover the hidden treasure that you seek! Only you can find your Purpose.
What do I mean by Purpose? Metaphorically speaking, it refers to your innate talents, gifts, interests and abilities. Everyone has them, whether or not they acknowledge them. Some argue that abilities are developed over time as part of one’s environment; others contend that people are born with these internal motivating factors.
With the Quest process, it really does not matter why you are attracted to something. The important thing is that you are!
Interests are gifts given to you by your birthright. They capture your awareness and concentration. They are compelling. Interests create your sense of self, uniqueness and drives. You must identify them because they represent your “real” self. As they are permitted to flourish, you thrive.
For example, I have no idea why I love speaking, writing and building businesses. I just know that I do. In fact, after 31 years and 3000 presentations, I enjoy training and speaking even more now than before. Does it really matter from where these interests originate? No it does not!
Everyone reading this has Quest/Purpose factors and elements. Some are not aware of them or have not given themselves permission to discover them. After all, finding is reserved for the searcher. If you are not looking, how can you find?
What else could limit your Quest journey?
The reasons really do not matter. I want to encourage you to be openminded to all the possibilities and to your thoughts. Through this window of no restrictions, you will find your greatest discoveries.
A question for you…
If you answered No, you are ready for the Quest roadmap. If you answered Yes, you can use the Quest process as a validation process.
The Quest For Purpose: A Different Approach
It seems the mandate of the developed world is to convert people into constant consumers. The premise of many books on success is that everyone wants to get rich quick, although that is not always the case. Many of you are already millionaires, or you will eventually become one.
But that is not the point of the Quest process.
Quest is about your Becoming and Being, which will result in your Doing.
Having will be an outcome of the previous three. You comfort level around Having should be defined only by you—not by social expectations or pressure.
Your Quest process never stops. Be open and ready for new adventures and opportunities.