The 5 Keys to Uncovering Your Purpose
For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt I had a calling, a pulling towards a purpose that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
While I didn’t know what my purpose was, I did know it would be something that would make my heart sing and be one of service. So how did I end up working in the corporate world, making companies lots of money, while feeling disconnected from myself, disillusioned and unfilled?
While there are a handful of lucky people in the world, who know their purpose from an early age, I was not one of them. While stuck in the disillusionment of the corporate world, I began to wonder if the majority of society is destined merely to stumble through life, looking, searching, questioning and eventually settling for a ‘normal’ career that they might enjoy at some level, while their real potential gets left on the table.
This I believe, is an epidemic of our modern world.
But it doesn't have to be!
Over the last month, I have had a number of clients and friends share their concern about their lack of soul purpose and how exactly they can 'find' it. This has inspired me to share with you what I have learned on my journey.
1) Purpose cannot be found in your mind; it lives in your heart:
Purpose is not something that can be sourced from the critical thinking mind. If we try to find our purpose with our mind, not only will we be left feeling incredibly frustrated and confused, we will be looking forever – trust me I tried! Instead, it requires accessing our intuition through the heart. It is our connection with our energetic heart, that provides the key entry point to our souls' wisdom and intuitive guidance. Many scientific research projects are discovering exactly how powerful and intelligent the human heart is, not just from a physiological perspective, but from an energetic and intuitive aspect. The heart is where it all starts.
2) There is a noticeable thread:
I believe that we have a thread that is weaved throughout our entire lives and if we look back over our childhood, it will reveal itself to us. When I was a child, I loved dolphins, so much that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. But math and science were not inherent strengths of mine, so it was a dream that was left unfulfilled. It was when I stopped searching with the analytical mind that I stumbled across the practice of Animal Communication, which led me to the White Lions in South Africa, to undertake an intensive leadership training.
3) We are only ever shown 2 steps ahead:
In my personal experience, we are only ever shown two steps forward. Here’s the thing, if we were shown the complete picture all in one go, it quite possibly could scare the living bejezus out of us, so much so, that we may never take the first step on the path. We are only shown what we need to see at the time, and our job is to trust enough to take the next step.
4) We must be active in the manifestation process of our purpose:
When we commit to walking the path of purpose, we must be willing to take massive inspired action without hesitation. Procrastination is not your friend. Let me repeat that. Procrastination is not your friend. We have three seconds, yes that's right - three seconds to take action on an inspired idea before the critical thinking mind kicks in and the essence of the original idea begins to lose momentum. When there is an action to take, we must take it - without hesitation.
5) Don’t force it:
I like things to happen now, why wait right? In the past, I have been known to be somewhat impatient at times, which has tripped me up time and time again. My impatience for things to happen NOW has had me fall into the trap of forcing, instead of allowing events to unfold organically. Flow verses force, requires one to master the balance of being in flow, while knowing when to take inspired action.
The above five points have been my key learnings in the unfolding of my purpose over the last two years, and I am certain there are many more to come as I continue to walk this path. I encourage you to start today, by committing to taking that very next step.
We all have our unique potential to offer the world, and by not allowing it to shine, we, in essence, withhold it from all of humanity. Yes, it takes courage, but once you take the first step the path opens up, it has to, it’s the law of nature.
p.s. If you know your purpose but are not owning it, check out: Owning It! Why it's Time to Unapologetically Embody your Purpose