Are you living in your purpose? Are you just going through the motions because it is what your family believes is right for you? Do you feel obligated to keep working that job because it’s what you spent years getting your degree for?
Or are you working that job because it keeps you living the lifestyle that you’ve become accustomed too?
Whatever the case may be, if you’re not fulfilling your purpose or at least moving towards it, what are you really doing?
In order for us to even figure out what our true purpose is, we have to be okay with possibly doing the wrong thing. However, boxing ourselves into fear would not get us any closer than if we try and fail. Before we even start that self-doubt pity party, check yourself! You are a reflection of God! That alone speaks volumes.
I remember when I graduated from high school; I just knew I was going to be a nurse. After failing Biology and Chemistry twice in college, I decided that maybe this was not for me. I realized that I really only wanted to be a nurse because that’s what my family wanted for me. After changing my major 3 times, I finally realized what I was not only good at but also passionate about…. Writing. It may have taken 10 years to figure it out but I’m closer to my purpose now than ever before. Now, am I the best writer or editor currently? Absolutely not, however with consistency and dedication I can be.
Here a few questions I asked myself when I was trying to find my purpose. Hopefully these help you as you are on the journey of discovering your true purpose as well.
What are you inspired by?
When you think about who or what inspires you, write down why. I know for myself I listen to numerous podcasts. I’m mostly inspired by being creatively free. I love to write but I hate to feel boxed in.
Do you really know yourself?
Understanding yourself is an essential piece in finding your purpose. Although it’s essential it is definitely not easy for everyone. Many of us struggle with self-identity because social media is constantly reminding us of what others are doing, which creates a lot of imitators. Knowing your strengths goes along with understanding yourself; everyone has a unique strength or gift that no one can do quite the same.
Understand that you are not meant to have everything someone else has because everything is simply not for you! Stop trying to swerve in someone else’s lane and create your own. Understand yourself, learn your strengths and floor it in the fast lane towards purpose drive.
What is your gut telling you?
Instead of listening to what people say you should be doing, do what you feel is right for you.
Don’t try to do it all at once!
It is okay if you only have half the vision figured out. It is also okay to feel unsure about doing the wrong thing with life. Chances are, your purpose is not going to fall out the sky and land in your lap. It takes time and growth to figure out what you are called to do.
I also took this personality test which I found to be helpful with understand why we do the things we do. Enjoy!