Yesterday, I helped out in the purpose room at Choices. Purpose is the DO part of BE. DO. HAVE. BE committed to DO what it takes to HAVE what I want. My purpose is what I do, everyday to make my dreams come true.
Trainees are invited to create a statement about their special and unique qualities and how they apply them in their lives. As an example, my Purpose statement is: To share my unique gifts and inspire others to embrace their freedom to live in love, joy and harmony.
Every time I work in the purpose circle, I feel honoured by the trust each individual places in their coaches to guide them through the process.
American essayist and psychologist, Og Mandino, said, “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
Sometimes, someone in the purpose circle will say, "But I don't have a purpose."
Everyone has a purpose. Most of us are living our purpose without even realizing it.
When we help a friend, shovel a neighbours walk, volunteer at an animal shelter or boys and girls club. When we always have a kind word for someone in need, or take care of a friend's children so she can get her hair cut or buy groceries -- we are living our purpose.
For me, my purpose reminds me that whatever I do, I need to be creating a safe place where others feel inspired to stretch their wings and fly free.
My purpose is a song that sings in my heart creating harmony in my world. My purpose is my passion.
The actual things I do to live my purpose vary. Writing, for me is a big part of my purpose. Coaching at Choices is also an integral element of living on purpose. Sharing my story, giving presentations to women who have been in abusive relationships, or to those working with them, is also part of my living on purpose. Being a good friend. Listening from my heart, touching people's hearts with words of support, gently opening minds with words of inspiration, these too are part of my living on purpose.
Finding your purpose is not difficult -- it just requires quiet time, deep reflection and a commitment to celebrate yourself for all your worth.
Finding your purpose begins with giving yourself permission to 'brag' about your life. Steve Pavalina, at Stevepavalina.com suggests in, How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes", that you take a blank piece of paper, ask yourself the question, "What is my purpose?" and write down the first thing that comes to your mind. Keep writing until you get to something that makes you cry. The one that makes you cry, Steve writes, is your purpose.
Tears are the words our hearts cannot express.
When we find a statement that reflects our truth, our hearts open up and tears fall.
In living my purpose, my heart is always open, to tears of joy, of laughter, of love. In knowing my purpose, in believing in me enough to live it every step of my journey, I give myself the gifts of focus, attention and passion in my everyday life.
In living my purpose, I become the best of me, and share the best of me with the world around me.
As Mandino says, I am here to grow into a mountain.
The question is: How high is your mountain growing? Are you growing in leaps and bounds, singing for joy, dancing with abandon? Or, are you standing on the ground looking up and wishing you knew how to climb? Where ever you are on your journey, are you willing to live your life on purpose?