What does it really mean to find your purpose? You hear people talk about it all of the time, but unless you really understand it, it will be difficult for you to know when you’ve found it. As you know, my sister and I launched our new book, Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? a few weeks ago. One thing we knew when we decided to launch this project was that it was never about us. When it came time to write about some difficult challenges we’ve endured in our lives, our prayer was always that our stories would help someone else to heal and to find their own purpose in the midst of their obstacles.
Every time we read a review of the book, we know that it’s confirmation from God. We know that He is sending us messages to let us know that we are doing what He called us to do, and pursuing our purpose. We’re learning daily that when we are living out our purpose, God will always connect you to the right people and places at the right time.
This is why I love this post from Nika because these really are very simple questions that you can ask yourself in order to either get on track or get back on track to finding your purpose.
Just image waking up every morning thinking, “Wow, I love what I do,” or “I am looking forward to the rest of my day.” Are these the words that you are speaking to yourself daily? Can you say that this is what your first thoughts are when you begin your day? If you answered no to these questions, then it’s time for you to take back your life and find your purpose and passion.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you” ~Maya Angelou.
Here are four questions you can ask yourself, when you decide you what to rediscover your passion. I say rediscover, because our passion is already in us, since birth, it’s just time to bring it back out.
1. Thinking back to your childhood days, who were you when you played pretend?
“When I grow up I want to be a doctor.” Those are the words that my daughter says to me daily. She finds the greatest joy when she can pretend that she is a doctor and I am her patient. These moments bring her the greatest joy. Just take a moment and think back to those days. What was it that you use to do and dream about that brought you unbelievable joy? Maybe take some time and journal your thoughts from when you were a child playing in your room or with friends. Think about how these great experiences can translate into career choices you can make now.
2. If money were no object, what would you do for free?
Yes, money is what we are conditioned to pursue; Money is what makes the world go round. When you are seeking your passion, money should not be the driving force. You want to think about those things that make you the most happy. That thing you look forward to doing daily and the excitement of it is almost overwhelming. I believe that the true secret to it all is, when you are doing what you are passionate about, success is inevitable.
3. If you cleaned out your closet, what would you find?
What you have in abundance is a good indicator of something you are passionate about. If you collect paper, notebooks, Holiday ornaments or whatever it may be, it could be a good clue to what brings you joy. Holding on to these things show your true love and dedication to them, similar to our passion. These items work as reminders to reconnect us to the things that bring us the greatest joy. If I cleaned out my office today, what I would uncover are journals, stationary and pens galore. All evidence of my passion for writing and sharing words of inspiration.
4. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Passion brings forth confidence. When you are working your passion, nothing can stop you. Think about that thing that you always wanted to do no matter what. That thing you would take action on if you knew you would not stumble or even come close to failing: writing a book, starting a business or even running a marathon. Whatever that thing may be for you, is your passion. Being able to take action on your passion is success.
The only way you can fail when it comes to your passion and your dreams and when we allow them to get buried in things that don’t bring us joy. Follow your passion daily, never leave it behind.
What are some ways you’ve been led to pursue your purpose?