It's pretty normal these days for people to feel like they're overwhelmed with life and all that it throws at us. Many of us just drift through life without a plan or purpose, and look back years later trying to figure out how we arrived where we are at. Who seriously wants to live like that? This may be fine for some people but not for us. This life is precious!We believe that the most fulling life is a life that is lived out of purpose. A life lived both on purpose (intentional) and accomplishing your purpose (directional). Over the next few weeks we're going to explore why purpose is essential in life, how to identify your purpose, and how to make it part of your life once you've found it.
Why Finding Your Purpose Is Essential
We truly believe from the bottom of our hearts in living a purposeful life. Living out of purpose looks like a life where you are on top of time and not under it; a life where you are directing the traffic of your own life and not being dragged behind it. We're not perfect at it but we are most definitely working toward it every day. We all go through seasons (and days) of chaos. But it's in this time that we can bring a much needed calm to our life by going back to our purpose and making sure we are still on the right track. We believe that purpose is what brings fulfillment to your life. It's the reason that you are alive, the reason you get out of bed in the morning, and the reason you WANT to live life. Not only does purpose create a direction in your life, it also creates fulfillment in your work and is a great filter that you can use to determine what you say yes and no to.
You might be saying, “Sure this sounds great but how do I get there? How do I find my purpose?” Well, the path is not always the same for everybody but here are some thoughts on what we believe has helped us find it.
In it’s simplest form, living out of your purpose is living from the place of your calling. This is knowing what you were born for, the thing that starts a fire in your belly when you talk about it. Identifying it is the first step to living out of your purpose. It's about taking the time to write down those things that really stir your heart. What sets you on fire and gets you excited.
We're not talking about a hobby or pastime. Most people get excited about these things because they’re not excited or fulfilled by their work and they need a release from the day-to-day. What we're talking about is deeper than that. It's about looking deep inside your heart and asking, “Who am I? What is at the core of who I am?” This could look like many things, but it usually doesn't have a task or job assigned to it. It's usually a broader motivational focus that can be narrowed down later on by what you do at any given time.
For instance, our purpose is people. We love inspiring people to reach for their greatest potential and to be all that they are called to be. The way that we accomplish this right now is through our business. We love using our business to help people become successful in their own lives and in their businesses through encouraging them, serving them, providing resources, and partnering with them. Out of this purpose to inspire people we may do many different things throughout our lives (photography, coaching, raising our family, etc), but these are essentially just the tools that we use to accomplish our purpose.
Purpose can be as unique as each individual and it can also be as all-encompassing as ours is. Maybe your passion is to raise finances and awareness for a cause that is close to your heart, like DeBrosse NYC is doing with their business brand. Or perhaps your purpose is to raise your family and see your kids walk in their purpose, which is one of the most needed things in our culture today. Or perhaps you want to raise the standard in your industry for reducing environmental impact. Whatever your purpose, the tools that you use to accomplish it will look much different than ours but are no less important. It's not necessarily about WHAT you do but about WHY and HOW you do it.
The type of purpose we are writing about is much deeper than what you do with your hands. So much of what we do in the day-to-day (packing lunches, writing emails, etc) can seem pointless at times if we don't understand why we are doing it and who we are doing it for. This is the deeper side of purpose that we want to communicate to you. This is the part that brings fulfillment, purpose, and joy to your life.
So take some time to think about your purpose and what you are truly passionate about. Write down the things that inspire you. Not the things that you love to do, but the things that really get you fired up about life and make you come alive on the inside. The choices you make in life will come easier and with greater fulfillment when you find out what your purpose is.
Write your initial ideas down on paper (brainstorm anything and everything you can think of) and over the next few weeks we'll talk about how to really identify your purpose and what to do with it once you've defined it.