Q: I often hear self-help gurus talking about the importance of having a purpose in life. To be honest, I don’t know what my purpose is. How do I find out?
A: Bless you, Courtney for your honesty. I’m so glad that you asked this question as I’m sure that other inquiring minds want to know.
Everyone has a purpose in life. I truly believe that each and everyone of us has a unique purpose that we are meant to bring and contribute to the world.
There are many interpretations as to what life purpose means. It has been described as one’s “guiding light” or even one’s “north star”.
To me, your life’s purpose is unique to you, as singular as your fingerprint. It is akin to your calling and destiny. Essentially, your life’s purpose is the reason you are here at this time because you are meant to use your purpose to contribute to the world.
The beauty of discovering your purpose is that when you tap into it, there is a greater opportunity to experience a sense of meaning, satisfaction and fulfillment in your life.
Finding your life’s purpose is a process that evolves over time. It is definitely worth taking the time to go inward and do some soul work as part of the process.
Now if this sounds a little daunting, to make it easier for you to get started, here is a simple yet powerful and thought-provoking exercise.
Ask yourself these two questions:
1. What is my gift to the world? Your gift is that special unique skill or way of being that comes so easily to you. In fact, it’s like breathing.
It is your super power and no one else can quite effortlessly share it like you. In fact, you were born with it. You know, I have the honour of coaching clients to uncover what their gift is. My client, Emily, for example, is a writing teacher in college and university, and loves to write.
Well, it’s not a stretch for her to become an author, a thought leader, a blogger, and lecturer. She shines in this role. So, simply she’s going with the flow.
2. How do I want to use my gift in service to the world? There are no coincidences. You have a special calling and mission that is uniquely part of your life’s plan.
Are you meant to teach, empower and guide others? Be a positive role model, inspire, motivate or something else? The sooner you know, the sooner that you can share your gifts in service to others and the world.
I’m sharing the following excerpt from my book Money, Manifestation & Miracles regarding a key strategy to discovering one’s life’s purpose. The key strategy is to connect with your passion.
“Many people may confuse searching for their passion with an external pursuit. The truth is that your passion is already within you at this very moment. Your passion already provides you with a source of enthusiasm, energy, and focus in any activity you are drawn to.
Here I want to share a fun exercise that I created called the Passion Treasure Quest, which will help you tap into your passion by providing clues about what awakens your enthusiasm, as identified in everyday situations.
To get started on your passion quest, answer the following questions:
- What do you love to do that makes you feel alive?
- What were you passionate about as a child? Why?
- What have you always secretly wanted to do but were held back from doing it by fear, doubt, a lack of confidence, and so on?
- What do your ideal life and work look like?
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Meriflor Toneatto is an award-winning leadership and Positive Psychology Coach, Strategist and Entrepreneur. She has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times and more.
She is the CEO and founder of Power With Soul and creator of the Millionaire Difference Makers™ Path for visionary entrepreneurs.
Her book Money, Manifestation & Miracles guides women to reach financial prosperity and success while fulfilling their social promise in the world.
Meriflor helps coaches, entrepreneurs and experts turn their calling + mission into a thriving, profitable and fulfilling business that is tailored to their strengths, personality, passion + lifestyle.