How do you know what your purpose is?

This is a question that millions of people struggle with on a daily basis. I too struggled with this age old question for years until one day it hit me like a ton of bricks. But before I give you the skinny on my theory, let’s look at a few reasons why many of us struggle with finding the answer. First and foremost, we are surrounded by too much noise and clutter. In order to find clarity, one must be in a place to hear clearly what is being said to him or her. Find a place where you can hear yourself think and then it becomes much easier to receive direction. Find ways to organize your living space that will be conducive to clear thinking and good vibes. Clutter creates chaos and stifles creative thoughts, while harmony brings about peace and creates space for innovation.

Second, in order to see a vision for yourself, you must take your eyes off of the abundant distractions (i.e. cell phones, tv’s, tablets, computers, social media, reality tv, etc.). Too much of your precious time is being spent staring at screens whereby you are watching others live life instead of living your own. Reality tv and social media is guiding our decisions instead of the foundational truths and good morals that should be serving as our guiding light. You must be careful as to what you consume, otherwise, you could possibly mimic what you have seen. Based off of what I’ve seen on social media and reality tv, reproducing behaviors like the ones displayed will have a negative affect on those that aim to live a wholesome life.

Third, your purpose may not make you rich but it will be very enriching. Nowadays, everyone wants a lot of money and material things, but the reality is that your purpose is not guaranteed to produce abundant wealth. The question then becomes, do you want to live your purpose or is it financial abundance that your really seeking. Oftentimes, we don’t want the burden that comes with our purpose because it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. What we really want is to be able to afford nice things, go out to eat at fancy restaurants, take vacations, and not worry about bills. Living your purpose will often require sacrifice and you must be able to differentiate between your purpose and wanting to produce the incomes we desire because they are not always one in the same.

Fourth, are you physically able to walk in your purpose once you figure out what it is. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is mandatory if you choose to walk in your purpose. Pushing back the fried foods, sweets, and carbonated drinks is a must in order to maintain fitness for the duties that your purpose requires. For example, if your purpose is to travel the country to mentor others but you suffer from high blood pressure, have a bad back, and kidney problems from drinking too many sodas, this will drastically limit your effectiveness. Your mind may be willing to do the work, but your body may not be able to physically do so. Thus, you will not be able to live out your purpose. Develop balanced eating habits that will yield positive outcomes in order to perform when called upon for service.

Now, for the skinny on finding your purpose! Your purpose is always closer to you than you think! Ask yourself, what do people usually call you to talk about…hopefully it’s not to borrow money lol. Usually your gifts are in use already even though you have not noticed it. For example, a lot of people call me to vent about their relationships, their kids, their job, their goals, religion, how to improve their life, how to make more money, etc. One of my purposes is to be an amazing listener and offer good counsel and guidance to those that are struggling with making decisions about their future. I’ve realized that my ability to coach is a gift and helping others develop is an overwhelming task that has tremendous reward, all of which is not financial but the spiritual reward of seeing others grow is better than money! I hope that this post will help you in finding your purpose and I look forward to speaking to you on the next episode of “Decisions”.

Be Blessed!

Patrick Hurd

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