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The Power of Purpose

Written by Linda James. Posted in Blog

The alarm shrills at 6.30 am. “Please be the weekend, please be the weekend” is the half awake plea. Consciousness kicks in along with the dreaded realisation - it’s a workday. It’s Wednesday morning. Not even past the mid weekhump. A groan from under the sheets as the depressing realisation hits – “I have my job. I hate everything about it. Time to check the vacancy column for a new job? But wait it will be the same old same old, because that what I’m skilled at. That’s what I do. That’s who I am.” It may be what you are skilled at and how you currently earn your living at, but it is not who you are. So many of us just fall into a type of work to earn a living, or maybe we were influenced by our teachers, parents or pier group. It’s secure, it safe, a regular pay cheque. Secure, safe and a regular pay cheque is good, but does it make your heart sing? Do you jump out of bed each morning really excited about the day? No! Maybe your’ not passionate about what you do - you are not living your life with purpose. “But I don’t know what I want to do with my life.”

But you do know. You do know what you are passionate about, what you really want to do with your life. If you did not have a purpose for your life, you would not be here on the planet at this time. Your purpose is not something that just appears today, it has been with you all your life. You have been acquiring the experience and skills you need to manifest your purpose. “But, how is being passionate about my work and living with purpose connected?” When you are living with purpose you are passionate about what you are doing. ‘How do I find out what my purpose and passion is?’ Start by going back to your earliest memories and map, from then until now, when you were most passionate about something, when you used to get lost in the moment, when you felt the happiest. Write them down. What was happening in your life? Then think about what makes you happiest today. Where do you spend most of your precious ‘my time’? What books do you read, programs or movies do you watch, what magazines do you regularly buy? What are the websites marked favourites on your computer? What are you doing when you totally lose yourself in a process? These are all clues. “But why do people not acknowledge this is their passion, their purpose?” There are many reasons, such as childhood programming, limiting beliefs acquired along the way, or the feeling that we are not good enough, or deserving enough. Mostly, it is because we do not believe we are worthy, or that we’ve been told that we can’t make a living out of doing what we really love; so we repress what we really want to do.

Do you realise that there will never be another person like you in the history of the universe? You are totally unique. You are more than worthy; it is your birthright to express your life with passion and purpose. As for making a living, who said that you have to immediately give up your day job. All passionate, purposeful and successful people started somewhere, and it was usually in a small way and with very little money. If you are really passionate about what you do you will love sharing and talking about your passion; and other people will want to hear about it. Many of the great people started out working in their garage or in a corner of the bedroom. Start small but dream big. “I’m getting inspired.”

©Linda James/Seachange Within

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