6 Steps to Clarifying Your Purpose
Are you looking to a career that you value, makes you feel inspired and taps into your purpose?
Honestly, how do you currently feel about your work environment?
Are you tired of waking up to a job that is not meeting your needs and making your feel purposeful?
Ideally, you would love to have a job that you are passionate about? A job that you love to do so much that it doesn’t feel like work.
The problem is you don’t know how to go about finding one or your mindset doesn’t allow you to believe its possible.
In this article, you take steps to find out exactly what you want to do.
And, if you already are walking in your purpose…great, you’re off to a good start. Then read goal setting for beginners to take the steps in making your dream a reality.
However, if you are not sure what you ARE doing …is what you SHOULD be doing. Or have no clue how to find your purpose then this post will clear some this up.
Are you ready to put in the work and reveal your purpose?
This is the 3rd part in the life purpose series. By the end, you will finally understand your skill, passion, and purpose.
Related blog post you should look at to help you find your purpose…
Part 1: Finally! Real Ways to Discover Your Passion & Life Purpose
Part 2: 5 Clever Ways to Find Your Purpose In Life ( self-discovery)
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullsh*t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
The Journey to Growth and Living a Purposeful Life
Are you in the right career field?
When trying to find your career calling and your purpose in life there are several things that you should consider.
- Listening to Intuition
- Take Action
- Have Patience
- Believe finding a Dream Job is possible.
- Work on self doubt and limiting beliefs
Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. -Henry Samueli
How to find your calling in life ( Questions to Ask)
If you were financially secure and didn’t need a paycheck, how would you spend your time?
Imagine every job was paid at the same rate. So a doctor, a teacher and trash man received the same paycheck.
Why would you do that Darla? Why …make up such a thing? By eliminating cost, the motivation behind the dream job chosen is based on your likes and desires. Not on how much money you can earn.
You are going to start this exercise and fill in the blank with what make you happy. And things that give you that warm feeling. Pay attention to what feel right and not what you think is right.
Related: 61 Breakthrough Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery +Growth
1. Clarify How Your Dream Day Looks
There are examples in the quotation marks just to jog some ideas.
You wake up out the bed at….. (Time)
The first thing you do is ….. (Grab your phone, look at the clock, go to the bathroom, other)
After you fix the bed and open the curtains you look out onto….. (Water, sun, city, woods, farm,)
For your best day ever…your morning routine would consist of …(a warm bath, a morning run, the gym, yoga, walk on the beach, it’s your imagination without boundaries).
After your morning routine, you head to the kitchen and …(make breakfast, grab something small, kids wake up, coffee in the machine, husband kiss you, turn on music, other) what do you do and what do you eat?
I also want to you to envision your kitchen….. (farm style, contemporary, modern, cottage).
If you have kids they are off to school, if they’re babies, they have a sitter. Basically, the rest of the day is yours.
2. Identity Where Do You Go Next? What Do You Do?
As you walk into your master bedroom and into the master closet you are drawn into the beauty of the room. You decide to find something to wear and pull out a …(dress, suit, jumper, uniform, business shirt, jeans, what do you wear on your way out to your dream job)?
Finally, you are dressed and ready to head out the house. You realize you almost forgot (something important). Opening the front door you walk to…. (your car, bike, motorcycle, horse, train ). Or decide to walk to your dream job.
As you are heading your way to work, tell me what do you see?
Finally, you arrive at your destination. Really tap into where you are and why.
If you are still unsure then throw out the top 5 suggests and see which one feels right with your soul. Are you at a painting studio, music studio, coffee shop for a meeting, alone, surrounded by lots of people, kids? You want to visualize and draw energy to this vision. Visualization is a powerful tool.
Trust me I am going somewhere with this.
3. What is your primary focus of you ideal job?
Are you there to listen ( consult) , speak ( motivate, teach), taste ( baker, chef), design ( clothes, simple to use software) , or navigate (driver, show steps to do something)?
What is your primary task? Share with me below what you do when living in your purpose.
I am not telling you to quit your job, but if you can than good for you.
Honestly, I am trying to wake up your desires and bring it back to the surface. Being succumbed to the everyday task of managing the day can suppress your purpose.
It’s not that you don’t know what it is or can’t narrow your purpose in life; it’s taking steps and time to work towards YOUR dream.
And calling out that bullsh*t story that you tell yourself. Yes, I understand some circumstance makes this much harder but it not where you start…it’s where you end up that important.
I started off from a rough start. My family was extremely poor and underprivileged. Money, hope, and prosperity were scarce. But, I felt free when I realize that I can create my own life. If you are in a space that needs a change then I suggest you read How I redirected negative energy to created my life.
4. Start with the end in mind
You need to live every day as if your last day on earth.
If the stakes were high and it was either do this or else.
So, image you had 3 year to live. What would you do first?
That’s why people the come close to death say they learn to live more freely and purposeful.
They understand life should not be taking for granted. Scary but true.
So believe and take action. Start with the lowest step possible.
- If you are a painter-start painting.
- A singer—start with writing a song.
- A coach–help one person.
- A teacher— decide on a topic.
- A writer— write your first chapter.
Start as small as you like but START.
Resource I highly recommend to learn more about understanding and finding your calling read
- How to Find Your Purpose in Life: 17 Simple Ways
- Listen to Amanda Miller Little John Podcast
- Turn Your Side Hustle into a Media Empire in 8 Steps
4. Use a journal to reflect and write out limiting beliefs
A good to start to identifying who you are or reinventing yourself is by writing things down.
You came up with this brilliant day that awakening your inner passions. But how do you remember this day if you did not write it down?
Do you have a journal, life binder or mom planner? It doesn’t have to be the journal where you talk about your high school crush, some drama that happened with your friend or disagreement with your co-workers. Yes, we all had those.
But, this journal documents transitions in your life. I have a total of 5 journals in the past 12 years which consist of my goals, my whereabouts, and pictures of a life I envision. At the beginning of each year, I state what I am thankful for and what I specifically want to accomplish that year.
This helps define what you see as keys to your success and what really doesnt matter.
At the end of the year, I evaluate and revise goals I accomplished and where I fell short. I use my journal to notice common barrier and fears so I can address them first the following year.
One goal was to start a blog and it stayed on my to-do list for 2 years. The biggest obstacle was fear and doubt. It was my inner voice giving me pushback. Therefore, I wrote How to overcome your fears and doubt to start a blog. In hopes, if someone had the same concerns I could help and be a support system.
Journaling is a power skill to create change and develop habits.
It’s the place that you…
- Write down goals and aspirations
- Get to know yourselves- personal core values
- See patterns or areas that need improvements
- Reflects on your progress
- Make meal plans
- To do list
- Gratitude statements- I am Enough
Although I enjoy making and using printables, I mostly use a Bullet Journal. It’s nothing like documenting our life and drawing pictures that resonate with you.
Take you journal and write down your life without limitations. I am giving you 10 wishes.
Here are the items I recommend you use to start journaling.
5. Ask those closest to you what they see
How would your best friends describe you? Why are people drawn to you?
You will be surprised what your friends and family would share about what your gift is. Getting a third person perspective can make unknown seem clear. They tend to offer a different viewpoint from the outside looking in.
Pay attention to reoccurring advice do you give? For example, do people come to you for meal ideas, fixing computers, weight loss ideas, parenting advice? Just write down whatever comes to mind.
Task: For two weeks, write down every question someone comes to you for an answer. Document question such as how to…
6. What could you teach someone based of your experiences?
Everyone is good at something. You are very knowledgeable in certain areas of your life. Which makes you capable of teaching something.This is either going to simple or difficult to identify. Because it depends on your confidence level around the topic.
So…. this doesn’t correlate with what you do for you job perse. It’s basically an evaluation of what you believe you have the skill to teach or do.
Identify a skill that you can teach someone with confidence.
Final Thought: Find what makes you fullfilled and purposeful in lifee
Finding your passion and dream career is a multifaceted task that can found. So visualize, write it down, consult love ones, and dig deep into your intuition.
If you want to see experience something different, you have to be willing to do something different.
Make the necessary changes for you to win.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me – Carol Burnett