“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you love the work you do?
Are you healthy?
Do you have great relationships with others?
Are you happy?
Are you doing what you love to do?
Do you look forward to each day?
Some people say “No” to each of those questions. They wake up in the morning and drag themselves out of bed. The think about exercise and say, “tomorrow”. The worry about who they will see at work, “Will they like me today?” “Will my boss yell at me again?”
There are many, many people who aren’t happy with their lives and they don’t know why.
The hummingbird knows its purpose. They seem to be pretty happy when they are sipping nectar from flowers. The hummingbird knows its mission and vision with great clarity. So, why is it that we struggle to know our purpose?
Maybe you’re stuck in your life and have found that life feels more difficult or challenging than you want. Maybe you’re looking for happiness (sustained positive feeling – contentment but more) and you haven’t found it yet.
Perhaps you’re thinking I’ll get to it later when I have time. How do you know you’ll have time later? So much happens so quickly in the world today that tomorrow may never be the right time to find out what you are really here to do.
Listen to one person who speaks about purpose with passion, Tony Robbins. Go ahead do it now!
It seems that many people are caught in a life that seems to have little purpose or direction. These people want a change, a change of career in most cases so that they can do something that aligns with who they are. People are tired of doing work that isn’t motivating or engaging or fulfilling and they want to stop living a life that doesn’t have a purpose.
Here’s what some people say, “I need to find some direction on where I should take my career.”
” I have been trying to figure out what I “want to do” with my life. I have tried a few different avenues, but have yet to find something that I truly enjoy and love doing.”
The story of finding something that says “want to” rather than “have to” suggests that many people are seeking a life of meaning versus a life of just doing work to make a living. People seek coaches to help them find that purpose and then to find the career that works best for they are.
Years ago Rick Warren wrote a book called the “Purpose Driven Life” and addressed the issues of purpose. What is it that you are the best at so that you can contribute to humanity your best?
The idea is of course finding a real purpose using your strengths every day and for many people using their strengths towards a purpose is a goal rather than a daily event. How are you using your strengths daily?
What would it mean to live a great life? What would you do to live out your passion?
Larry Smith (an economist) explains why you won’t pursue your greatest self.
People look for life/career coaches to help them unpack their dreams, to pursuit their greatest strengths, and to start living the life they want to live. It makes a difference and if you are feeling like you are stuck in the wrong career you may want to consider using a coach.
What are you tired of?
Where are you stuck?
How energetically do you approach your vocation each day?
What barriers stop you from the success you deserve?
What would free you to be the person you were meant to be?