I googled “live your purpose” today and found 19,000,000 entries. Go into any book store and scan the magazine section. You’ll find a dozen with at least one article about purpose. Amazon lists close to 6,500 books that have to do with purpose.

So what’s the big deal about finding and living your purpose?

 

The big deal is that living your purpose means being aligned with your core values and the reason you’re here.

Life has more meaning when your values and purpose line up.  You’re happier when you’re living according to what you know in your heart and soul really matters.

You get up every day and know that you’re having a positive impact; you’re using your gifts and talents to make a difference.

Trust me, you’re not here to just take up space and suck up oxygen. You were born for more than that! Much, much more!

After kicking around this planet for a good long time, I’ve learned a few things about living your purpose:

For most of us, finding that true purpose takes time.

 

find your purposeFor me, finding mine took years. I wanted it happen FAST. To wake up one day and KNOW exactly what I was born to do. I wanted it all spelled out with a nice little road map to follow. Yeah, it wasn’t very realistic but that didn’t stop me from wanting it.

It took a lot of trial and error to nail down my purpose. Some painful moments. Plenty of false starts. Oh geez, the time I decided to be an iris farmer springs to mind.

Some hints came through life experiences, missteps, and career shifts. I read mountains of self-help books. Paid attention to what made me feel alive and what felt like I was dragging through the day. There was no shortcut although I sure did want one. It took time to figure out who I am, how I want to show up in the world, and what’s really important to me.

 

You have to discover your purpose, although others can help to point the way.

 

Read books about what you’re interested in doing with your life. Talk to trusted friends. Some people hire life or career coaches. Try on different “hats” to see what fits you best. Be OK with it if there are things that don’t work out. It’s all part of the process. Trust yourself and love yourself enough to keep working at it.

 

Some people never figure it out.

 

take control of your futureMaybe you know someone like this. Maybe this is how you’re feeling right now. Drifting along, settling for less. It happens when we hand someone else the power to choose for us. Well-meaning people may try to steer you into a certain career choice or even push you into a particular relationship.Don’t give someone else that power!

It may feel easier and safer to let someone else make the decisions for you – at first – but at some point, you’ll wake up and wonder what happened to your life. That’s the danger of not investing the time to explore your options. You live by default instead of by design.

 

So, my friend, stand up for yourself.

Choose what’s right for YOU, even if other people don’t understand.

This is the only life you get so live it on your own terms.

You’re worth creating a live you truly love.

And you can make it count!

 

Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker, self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life, and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.

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