Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what your purpose is in life? Perhaps you are constantly asking yourself, but can’t quite figure it out. Or perhaps you thought you knew what it was, but are being pulled in a different direction. If you have found your purpose, are you following it? I’m sharing my tips and free worksheet to help you get started on finding the best version of you!
In order to find your purpose, you need to find your why.
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I’ve spent some time thinking about the difference between your why and your purpose. Is there a difference? They really go hand in hand, but the way I break it down is that your why is what drives you. It is your biggest motivator. Your purpose is what you are meant to do in life to succeed at your why.
Here’s my why:
I want to always be available for my children while still having a strong sense of identity. I want to feel successful and healthy, to worry less about finances, and to enjoy the good things in life so that I can be the best version of myself.
And here’s my purpose:
I want to use my organizational, planning and communication skills to support and inspire others without judgment, by acknowledging and encouraging each person to be the best version of themselves through my online business and volunteer efforts.
How I found my Why
For years I went through life on autopilot never considering there may be other options for me. I worked in unfulfilling jobs because I was too scared to see what else was out there and I told myself it was too late to start over. As I discuss in more detail in my post – How I Said Goodbye to 8-5 – it took me reaching a complete breaking point to make the decision to change my life and begin to search for my real purpose.
My oldest daughter was almost five before I hit my breaking point and realized that I could spend more time with my children and still make extra money to help support our family. Once I became a stay-at-home mom I quickly realized I needed more for myself than just being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is the most important job I have, but I needed to feel a sense of fulfillment outside of motherhood. I needed to challenge myself and connect with others.
I’ve tried a handful of small business ideas in the past two years. Many may have been quick to judge me and say I can’t stick to something, but part of finding my purpose is trying different things and figuring out which one is right for me. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” And that’s exactly what I’ve done. Did I want to give up? Yup! Did I lose enthusiasm from time to time? Absolutely! But my why is what keeps driving me.
I’ve spent the last two years doing a lot of reading, forming new relationships, and making myself more of a priority in order to find my why and my purpose. I was reading Jack Canfield’s book, The Success Principles when I had that ah-ha moment and was able to tune in on my why. It felt great!
Finding your why and your purpose doesn’t usually happen overnight, however, I’ve created a free worksheet to help you get started on finding yours. The four-page worksheet encourages you to ask yourself a few tough questions to find what really drives you and what you want in life. I developed this worksheet through several different experiences that I used to develop my own why. Keep in mind that your why is not final. It will change over time as you begin to find more success in living a life of purpose and fulfillment.
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Have you found you why and your purpose? Share your thoughts in the comments.