This shift in consciousness has resulted in people looking beyond the realms of daily mundane living. Many of them are now seeking answers to some of life’s big questions, such as, “Why am I on this planet?” “What is the purpose of my existence?” “How can I make a difference in the world?”
Having been impacted by this movement myself, I constantly found ask myself asking these question.
By that time I was already on my way to graduating with a degree in marketing– a field that I chose purely based on what I thought was most practical and viable. Although I did find the subject interesting, it was a career choice made without taking my natural abilities and interests into consideration.
As I became more self-aware through the inner work I was doing, I developed a longing to experience more purpose and meaning in my life.
For the next couple of years thereafter, I read some of the most prolific books about finding your “life purpose”. I also read the biographies of famous people in history, which I used as case studies that supported the concepts that I was learning.
It seemed that “text book knowledge” was insufficient. I had to test out all these newly learned theories and tools in the real world by going through both personal and professional experiences that could give me the insights that I needed.
After over a decade of searching, I realized that self discovery is like peeling the multiple layers of an onion. With each experience we have an opportunity to peel off layers to get closer to our core being.
Based on my experience, I’ve found these to be five more common mistakes people make when discovering their life purpose:
1. Lacking the awareness to pick up on signs and clues: Life has a natural flow to it that brings in experiences and people that are instrumental in the unraveling process. If we don’t remain open, we miss out on valuable clues. Some of the things that can prevent us from picking up on these hints are low self-esteem, a negative mindset or being distracted.
2. Assuming that finding your purpose is a linear and straightforward process: Discovering your purpose is a learning experience that requires trial and error. It’s not a static, one-and-done process. It’s dynamic. There will be times when things may seem foggy, and other times when you could get a series of breakthroughs. We have to accept that there is an ebb and flow of this intuitively-driven process.
3. Attempting to replicate others success: Often times we get tempted to replicate the success of certain people who inspire us, or whose path seems appealing to us. From a tactical perspective, this makes sense, but our intention for following the same path could be very different from theirs, and we need to be clear about what it is before following their footsteps.
4. Assuming that your life purpose can only be expressed in your career: Most people limit the expression of their purpose to what they do for living, when this does not have to be the case. We can live out our purpose in a variety of avenues, such as volunteer work, hobbies, and our passion projects.
5. Making your life purpose all about you: Discovering our purpose is a process of self-discovery that makes us aware of our talents and motives. However, our purpose becomes truly meaningful if it has a positive impact on your family, friends, community, and sometimes, the rest of the world.
Ultimately, your life purpose is a beacon that sheds light on where you should be focusing your energies and resources on, so that you can bring more perspective and meaning into your everyday existence.
All my best on your journey,
Question for you: Have you made any of these 5 mistakes while finding your life purpose? If yes, what will you start doing differently?
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