From David Bowie to Taylor Swift, change has always been a popular song theme. The topic has sure been on my mind lately, as I’m building on my nearly 13-year-old Branding & PR consultancy to also become a certified life coach and continue to make great progress with my book project on helping people get unstuck. A huge catalyst recently was getting focused on my purpose/mission, and now I wanted to share three tips to help you identify your life’s purpose as well:
1) Recognize your passions. Make a list of all of the activities and experiences that truly floats your boat. There’s no limit here…it could be just a few items or a list that covers several pages. Whether you love zumba classes, gardening, international travel or writing “50 Shades of Grey” fan fiction (hey, I don’t judge), take note of what lights you up at this moment in your life. Now circle the three items that resonate with you most strongly. Are you seeing any patterns or themes here?
2) Fill in the blanks. Here’s a handy tool, courtesy of the Coaches Training Institute, the extensive program I’m currently enrolled in to become a professional life coach.
I am the (fill in the blank – metaphors are great here) that (describe your impact).
For example, I’m a rabid pop culture geek, so naturally images of super heroes come to my mind. A couple of years ago at a dinner party, I was asked to name my super power/hero name and the first thing that popped into my mind was “The Illuminator,” based on inspiring others to maximize their potential. Okay, it doesn’t involve laser beams or sick martial arts skills, so I’m definitely not getting a part in the next “Avengers” movie. But it felt right and has been at the back of my mind ever since. Lately it dawned on me that what all of my interests have in common is possibilities…I help create them for companies and while providing individuals the chance to recognize and claim their greatness. Take all of that together, and here’s the life purpose statement I just finalized last weekend:
I am the Illuminator, helping people see and step fully into possibilities.
3) Take ownership. For me, the first step has been writing this blog post and bolding the above statement. Next I’m working on how to bring all parts of me together – this blog and my current business website, into one place that encompasses what brings me joy and honors that purpose. Once you’ve identified what your purpose is, give it life. Write about it in your journal or blog, tell friends, create a vision board about it, etc. When you focus attention and love on it, great things will happen.
Have you identified your life purpose? If so, what is it? What are you most passionate about these days?