15 Aug Find Purpose
For something so critical and essential to living a fulling life, I’m amazed at how little knowledge is out there about the practice of finding purpose. In truth, I cannot tell you yours nor can anyone else. It is your to find if and when it feels important to you.
I can, however, give you a few hints and clues that live on the road that is the path to your purpose.
You are more likely to find purpose when you surround yourself with purposeful friends. It’s not hard to make sense of this. After all, they say you are the average of the five or ten people you spend more time around. In other words, if you want to get better at tennis, surround yourself with great tennis players. If you want to find purpose, surround yourself with purposeful people.
You’re more likely to find purpose if you’re at a high energy level. I won’t go on about this because wrote a great book about it called Creativity and Innovation. It makes the point that high energy = high clarity on everything, including your sense of purpose. Of course, surrounding yourself with purposeful, high energy people will help in this regard, too.
You are more likely to find purpose when you hold and act on a strong intention to find it. If you’re content to sit on a couch, watching re-runs of NCIS and eating potato chips, you’re less likely to find purpose. If you’re clearly, intentionally out in the world working towards purpose, you’ll more likely find it. You’ll read the books, attend the meet-ups, subscribe to the blog and attend the conferences until you do!
The Act of Giving
You are more likely to find purpose when you engage in the act of giving. I’ve noticed that, in many cases, the pursuit of purpose is also the pursuit of service. So find somebody to serve! It can be anything from volunteering at a soup kitchen to hosting a coach surfer to bringing cookies to your kid’s school just for fun. It’s amazing how satisfying an unconditional act of service can be. Perhaps your purpose, like those of so many others, lies in unconditional acts of giving.
The Happiness Clue
You’re more likely to find purpose when you’re happy. What I’m saying is that the level of your happiness is a barometer of your alignment to purpose. You’ve likely seen this in action. It’s easy to see when someone is living a purposeful life because they’re happy all the time! They’re glowing and they’re not even pregnant! They’re probably constantly talking about this, their purpose, as if it’s the most interesting thing in the world. You try to humor them but enough is enough, right?!
So there you have it, six clues that you’re on the path to finding purpose. Hey now – don’t be shy – add some comments below and add some clues of your own!