Imagine waking up every morning and being able to do what you love. For some people this is a reality. Those who love their "jobs" are those who have discovered a secret, hidden in plain sight: Purpose. Like the sun, moon, and stars human beings have specific occupations they are to fulfill. I get asked that question a lot. Being in constant contact with so many people and entrepreneurs I'm often asked how do you know your purpose?
So, how does one discover their purpose? How do you know you're doing what you were born to do? In an interview with motivational phenomenon and author Eric Thomas (aka The Hip Hop Preacher) I asked him the very same question. His response was, "it's like getting triple 7, all of the cherries and fruits line up." Others like Oprah may refer to it as life speaking to you in a flow; a stream of opportunities and doors open up when you're on the right path. Different responses but the same answer.
Here are some of my tips on how to discover your purpose and know you are on the right track.
Be Quiet & Ask
The world can be a noisy place. On top of that we face thousands of thoughts racing through our minds the moment we open our eyes. Some face them even during their sleep. In order to find your purpose you must be aware of your Media Intake and Social Circles. I discovered my purpose by shutting out all of the noise and writing the asking Who Am I? and What I am Called to Do? That very moment awakened me to what I should be doing in both my personal and professional life. This small gesture of being still and asking makes a huge difference.
Many like Russell Simmons acknowledge the power in stillness so much so he's written a book with Chris Morrow entitled Success Through Stillness. I believe all of the answers we need are within. In the moment of silence those answers are brought to the surface.
You Already Know
A lot of us already know what we are supposed to do. Business owners, actors, musicians, athletes, even teachers, scientists, and judges are well aware of their purpose. Often times it's a lack of confidence that holds others back from pursuing their dreams. And the only way to really get over that is to take a step forward. Procrastination and doubt do nothing but keep you stuck; accomplishing nothing. It is better to try with the possibility of succeeding than it is to stay parked in the space of stagnation. I have fought for positions that I ended up resigning from shortly after. But it is just as important to know what you don't want just as much as what you do. In order to discover that flow you must be moving forward.
This is word despised by many but think about you are going to have to wait for the rest of your life. The essence of patience is in how you wait. Waiting in frustration is not true patience. Patience is waiting with observation. It is doing what you know to do while watching for results. It's like a science project. You mix a variety of elements and observe how they react to one another until you do it long enough to notice certain patterns. The same is true for discovering your purpose. You watch for moments of inspiration, ideas, solutions to problems, and what you would do for free. That's your purpose.
Finding what you were born to do is your life's work. It comes with the greatest rewards and supplies the most amazing journey.
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