Purpose, it’s that little flame that lights a fire under your ass…

Getting back on track to Living The Secret; we’ve looked at our past, it’s only logical to look at our present and who we are. This is where The Secret says we should write our own Mission Statement, in other words, we should find our purpose in life.

Finding your purpose in life isn’t exactly new age thinking, this video above is from the comedy musical Avenue Q. The problem is understanding and defining what exactly our life purpose is. When I first started to figure it out I came up with this…

My purpose is to be a friendly, positive person who will love and care for those special to me with an open heart.

I don’t know about you, but I though this sounds like it belongs on a bad dating profile rather than defining my life purpose. I’m not even sure that would get me any dates either!

But, in the words (or lyrics) of Preston from Avenue Q, I’m gonna find my purpose…

Everyone’s purpose is different, so how are we suppose to know what our individual purpose is? The Secret says that we’ve been leaving breadcrumbs to our purpose throughout our entire lives.

Everyone has a unique purpose in life, because we all have different strengths, qualities, interests and talents. This combination of gifts are what makes us special and we are meant to use them to shine. The things that bring you the greatest joy and make you feel really alive are another breadcrumb.

So, let’s make a list of all the times you can remember that have made you feel the most truly alive and joyful. If you’ve ready my previous post Appreciate your past, you may already have a list in the form of pictures.

Look at your list, what does each of these experiences have in common? This common factor is what brings you happiness. Living your purpose should make you happy.

Now ask yourself the following questions, don’t worry this isn’t an interview, there’s no test afterwards:

  1. What am I naturally good at?
  2. What are my strengths/skills/talents/party tricks?
  3. How do I most enjoy interacting with other people?
  4. What have my best friend/family/partner said I’m good at?
  5. What would my boss, post and present, say I’m good at?
  6. When am I the most relaxed, natural and feeling the best about myself?
  7. If I could do absolutely anything right now, what would it be?
  8. What would my mastermind specialist subject be?
  9. What would I change in the world if I could?

Be honest, did you answer “World Peace” for question 9? 🙂

Are there any recurring characteristics from your answers to these questions? What do your answers to these questions have in common with the list you made earlier?

You now have the building blocks to creating your purpose, your own personal mission statement based upon who you authentically are.

My purpose

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