3 Steps to Discovering Your True Purpose
If what you’ve been looking for is where you’ve been looking, chances are you’d already have found it by now. That’s what we all start out doing: looking for opportunities in the outside world. It wasn’t until I started looking inside that things began to get clearer for me.
Clarity is not necessarily about knowing what you want. It’s about having clarity on what you intend.
What some people might call ‘magic’ is just your intention directed powerfully by your will. This is because you are absolutely clear on what you intend without having to think about it so much.
How to Get Clarity About Your Purpose in Life
Clarity doesn’t come from finding anything. It comes from removing the blocks that are in your way and uncovering what is already there and completely natural to you! It doesn’t matter how talented, smart, or in tune you are. If you are still contaminated by the past —especially family history— you will have difficulty discovering your true purpose in life.
Imagine the freak out I got when I told my parents I was quitting school – when they told me my whole life that I was going to be a lawyer, doctor or accountant. They yelled things like “You’re gonna be a bum!” and “You’re never going to amount to anything!” Do you think that specific incident might have had an effect on me?
The message I got, and many of my students got, from their parents was simple: if you’re not going to be a working professional, you’re going to be worthless.
One of the biggest issues that inhibits us from choosing paths in life that are natural to us is gaining the approval of others whether that be parents, partners, kids, teachers, role models, or friends, past and present.
The idea is to reclaim your life instead of only listening to their thoughts.
You’re here to take your place in the universe, not theirs.
Exercise: Discover Your True Path and Purpose in Life
1. Think back on your experiences growing up. What messages did you get about careers that were valid, appropriate, worthy, and careers that were not?
2. What or whom did you model in terms of how you work? Did your parents have a “stable” job? Did one work while the other didn’t? Were there conflicts over work? Did they love their jobs or did they “do what they had to”? Was work a joy or a sacrifice?
3. Were there any instances that influenced you as to how you think about work and money today? When you first started working, did you do it for money or because you loved your work?
Take a few moments to recall the messages about work and money that stuck with you and how your life has reflected these messages you received. The goal here is to be aware of these messages and give yourself permission to let go of any ideas if they don’t match your beliefs.
Like the saying goes, “It’s my way or the highway!” So what works for you? Do you believe in following your heart and passion?
This is your chance to wipe your slate clean and start following your true path to discover your purpose in life. Once you do this, there’s a good chance there will be a lot waiting for you to discover. It’s true that new opportunities tend to come our way when we’re not blocking them.
To Your Success,