So many people want to know, “How do I find my life Purpose?” Once I find it, then what?”
These are questions I encounter on a regular basis. I remember when I didn’t have one. Mine was actually lost, I was searching…
Before I go on, I want to define what that it means to me. I believe it is your reason for living.
It is what makes you get up in the morning. It’s what you love to do and what you naturally do the best.
It is something that lights you up inside and everyone who comes in contact with you can feel that light.
Have you ever been around someone whose energy is so bright you are instantly attracted to that person? They are living their purpose.
I believe we all have a life purpose. Whether we are living it or not is another thing. It’s very much like your life passion.
If you’re reading this article and you think you are one of those rare people who don’t have one, I hate to burst your bubble here. You have one you just haven’t discovered it yet.
My purpose today is to help you find your Life Purpose. By sharing with you how I found mine and how I have helped others discover theirs. Get Ready for the journey of your life!
What makes you smile when you think of doing a certain thing?
This list is different from the first because it’s what comes easily for you. The first is what you love. Sometimes you will find some are the same.
I looked at the different things that came easily to me. Then the things that gave me pleasure. It seemed inevitable that my life purpose had something to do with people and helping them.
Then I started to examine the different ways I could go about helping people.
I looked at the writing aspect. I looked at teaching. Maybe a yoga or meditation instructor?
I looked at how I love to help people thrive.
What would that actually feel like?
Is that something that fits into your life?
Does this help people?
I did this with each item in the list. I took the time to try these different ideas on for size and see how they fit. This can be done in many different ways. Visualization is an option.
Another way can be to try out the different classes in your area and get a feel for what it would be like. Think about if “you” were instructing that class.
Can you see yourself doing it? Does it feel right to you? After trying on the different ideas in my list in the conventional way, something still didn’t feel quite right. I had to take a couple more steps to put it altogether.
I started out thinking about doing something with yoga. Maybe a yoga instructor. I really love all the benefits that I get from yoga and meditation.
I love to share with people and to write. I considered starting a yoga blog or writing books on yoga.
Then I had another thought I could write about all the different and amazing techniques I have experienced in meditation. That was something I loved doing.
I thought about the different angles that I could write about. My favorite meditation techniques. Meditation for beginners. The possibilities became endless.
Now my creative juices were flowing. I was getting really energized about this.
I realized that writing about the things I love was really feeling incredible to me. I knew that was a big part of my life purpose.
I started to feel like I just won the lottery! Once I opened my mind to other ways of sharing with people, other than becoming an actual yoga or meditation instructor. I knew I was making progress. The gates were opening!
I let these ideas sit with me as I took the next step. I did some investigating on a number of different things on my list.
I added Motivational speaker, marketing, small business blogger.
Next I did a different type of search, one that would tell me who was already doing these things.
How much did they charge? What were they offering? Was this a viable business? How much money could I make?
I thoroughly investigated their websites and spoke to people who did these types of things.
This way I could really get a feel for what being a motivational speaker or business consultant was like.
I started with my sister, who knows me well and will give it to me straight while being supportive. That is very important when you’re searching for your life purpose.
Between my sister, Leah and a few other close friends I started to get other ideas.
They may see something you don’t. Tell them to be honest, you’re not looking for compliments here.
That was very helpful. The main theme I heard over and over was how gifted I am at helping people with their life, career and business situations.
They said, I have wonderful ideas and I am very inspiring and up lifting. I’ve had a lot of life experiences was another reoccurring theme. That would be the understatement of the century.
They pointed out that I was extremely successful in the corporate world. Making a quarter of a million a year as a Regional Manager in the Personnel Industry.
Winning over seventy-five high achievement awards for sales, opening and growing new offices.
The company I worked before that was very much the same. Breaking records and creating a division for that company that didn’t exist that increased their business by 150% the first three months.
This whole time I left my mind open and listened. Remember I am just investigating now, not making any decisions yet.
I was done with the corporate world by then so I knew my purpose in life was not to go back in that direction. Although I did add marketing consultant, business blogger and a few others to my list.
7. Write What You Want Your Business To Look Like
I kept all the progress I made up until this point and included that into the writing step.
Something magical happened when I started to write this out. It felt real to me. I could actually see it coming to life.
I noticed that when I was writing I became more detail oriented. Everything started to come together. I started to see my life purpose unfold.
What ended up on that piece of paper is exactly what I’m now doing in my life.
I simply let the writing take me down the path where I wanted to be. I didn’t stop for one moment in and say, “Dawn you can’t do this because you won’t make enough money.” Or “Dawn, isn’t there quicker way of getting to your life purpose?”
Instead I wrote what I really wanted in life. Funny enough that is my life purpose.
I have learned to find ways to navigate easily and effortlessly in this world. My enthusiasm and excitement for life! My ability to create something successful from the beginning. Business and sales experience. I have won over seventy-five awards in those areas.
2. How do I want to do this?
I want to work from my home office. I want to write while looking at the ocean in a bright sunny environment.
Setting my own hours. ( This is very important to me allowing time for yoga, meditation and my private life.) Balance
Interacting with clients on a phone a session or holding classes over the internet such as a webinar. Possibly doing some marketing consulting for large and small companies.
(This is a portion of my rough draft, what I wanted my life to look like. At the time I didn’t know what a life coach did. But I knew what I wanted to be doing.
I knew what came naturally to me. I knew what my Life Purpose was. Who knew there was a word for it? .. LIFE COACH)
This was in 2006 and people didn’t know what a Life Coach was at that time. It was still very new. I eventually found my niche in Life Coaching and became a Certified Marketing Coach.
My life purpose is to be of service to all others through self-awareness, inspiration and motivation.
I knew that I wanted my life purpose to transcend into my career and throughout my entire life.
This is something that is very important to me. To live my purpose in everything I do. While making money.
My first Action Step was to tell my group of friends or support group as I like to call them. What I had discovered.
Three of them said it sounds like you are talking about a life coach. I said “Noooo!” I really didn’t understand what a life coach did at that time.
Second Action Step was to investigate life coaching. Once I did this thoroughly, taking it a step further. I talked to a few people who were life coaches and investigated life coaching schools.
I found out that life coaching was exactly what they had been describing. It was what seemed to come up in my lists and writing as well. That was a fantastic feeling.
The funny part was, I was already doing this, only I wasn’t getting paid for it.
I did have one problem that kept bothering me. I am talking about my Life Purpose. Should I be charging for that?
I always felt that what came naturally to me was freely given as a gift and therefore I would also give it away as a gift.
I have found a way around that. This article and this website has tons of these gifts. FREE! I have free success tips I give away. If you haven’t signed up you should. These tips are only for my subscribers.
I keep little gold nuggets that produce income just for them.
I found an accredited life coaching school. It was approved by International Coaching Federation. I was certified by CTA in 2007 after a year of training.
You don’t have to have a certification to be a life coach but it sure helps. Especially if you are new and haven’t built up a reputation.
I recommend that whatever you choose as your life purpose career that you don’t take the short cuts. If you do it will end taking you three times as long. If they have a school or training by all means take it.
It will give you a huge advantage. The school I went to trained you on how to be a life coach. They also prepared you for going into business on your own.
If you make that decision to be a life coach you are essentially working for yourself. You will need social media sales tools, a plan, guidance and lots of support.
Most Life Coach’s don’t think about that. It’s also a great idea for your first year or two to have your own coach. To show you the ropes and make sure you have the necessary tools to be successful.
I certainly did that as well. I also kept in touch with my partner from the school. We spoke to each other every week for a year and a half.
You want to create success in whatever you choose to do. The choices you make at the beginning of your career will determine the length of time it will take for you to earn a living.
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