A few years back, I had the realisation that I no longer loved my work, despite having achieved everything I wanted in my career. I was left wondering how to find my purpose.
Now, you’re reading this, so I’m guessing you can probably relate. Maybe you’ve realised the role you’ve worked so hard to attain isn’t what you expected.
Perhaps you want to return to the workforce after a break and you don’t know where to start.
Or maybe you just feel deflated and bored, and you no longer connect with the work that used to light you up and excite you.
Whatever your case may be, if you finding yourself wondering ‘how can I find my purpose?’, I want you to know, you’re not alone. In fact, this is one of the most common challenges I help women tackle in my work as a coach.
So today I want to share with you 4 practical tips that you can start implementing today, to help you find your passion. Here goes…
4 tips to find your purpose
Few people magically stumble on their purpose. so be willing to commit time and effort to find your passion. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Know what excites you
Write a list of all the things you enjoy doing and see what themes emerge. Think about:
- What do I like to do to relax?
- In my current work, what elements do I most enjoy?
- How do I like to spend my time?
- What do I spend my time googling or looking at on Instagram?
2. Get feedback
People around us often see our talents and interests more clearly than we do ourselves.
Firstly consider, what do people come to me for?
Follow this up by asking for direct feedback. You might be surprised by the responses so be open-minded.
3. Go back in time
Think back to your childhood. What did you enjoy doing? And what did you imagine doing as an adult?
Look at old pictures and spend some time journaling and see what comes up. Review your list and explore what feels interesting and relevant still.
4. Follow the breadcrumbs & get involved
In order to connect the dots and figure out your purpose, you need to actually get your hands dirty and try things.
Find ways to explore your interests and talents and see what happens. This will give you clarity and create new networks, which will provide new insights and open new possibilities.
Final thoughts about finding your life purpose
Finally, I want to leave you with 2 key thoughts on finding your passion.
Firstly, it doesn’t need to be complicated. Follow your curiosity and allow yourself the time and space to explore your passions.
Secondly, finding your purpose is not a fixed thing.
Once you uncover your life purpose, you won’t necessarily pursue that until you die. Because in reality, for most of us, our passion evolves over time. That’s why the job that excited you 5 years ago, now bores you.
So commit to the ongoing process of exploring your interests and finding your purpose. Keep paying attention to your happiness and what you enjoy and be willing to review and redefine your life purpose whenever it feels right.
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