What The Heck Is My Purpose?
You probably know people who had a clear vision of what they wanted to do and be, where they wanted to live, what type of person they’d marry, how many kids they’d have, etc. Maybe you were like that too. If I had stuck with my original vision, I’d be living in a pink house and married to Shawn Cassidy right now.
What makes us happy changes over time. I also wanted to be an airline pilot. Once I married, it didn’t seem fair to drag my husband (and his career) to any number of cities where I might be based. People and life events may alter our path. Shawn Cassidy didn’t respond to my letters so I looked for other candidates.
I think of life purpose as what you are meant to do in this lifetime. I didn’t learn much about this in school. The only guide I received was a skills assessment from the high school career counselor. There is a good chance that the life you want looks nothing like those results. I was fortunate to bump into people and things that started to make sense for me. I now know that there is a more effective and meaningful way to discover your purpose. There are coaching tools designed to reveal your true heart’s desires and create a roadmap to get there.
If you’re ready for more, check out Life Design 101.
If you read only one article about life purpose, read this one. Life Coach Martha Beck on trusting yourself, finding what makes you happy and going for it.