Are you loving what you’re doing with your life, or are you just in a job?
I think most of us just stay in a job because we don’t really know what we want to do. We don’t have a burning passion, or if we do, we don’t know how we can make money at it.
I know that was the case for me, for sure. There were so many things that I love to do, but I couldn’t figure out a way to make money doing any of them. So I spent years working my way up the corporate ladder and, you know, the problem was that I got to be really good at what I was doing, so I was rewarded for doing this thing that I found really unfulfilling and didn’t have any meaning.
It got worse and worse until finally one day, I just had to stop. I’d had warning signs. I’d had breakdowns along the way. I’d had cancer and different diseases and they were all telling me that I wasn’t living my Dharma, my life’s purpose.
So if you don’t know what your life’s purpose is, I have a little secret for you. We all have the same life purpose. That’s right. You and I have the same life purpose as everybody else.
Now that’s going to seem jarring. Aren’t we all out there looking for our life’s purpose? Well, yes. But here’s the thing. Your life’s purpose and my life’s purpose is to express and experience joy. That’s everybody’s life purpose.
Where we get the individuality is the way we express and experience joy. Your way is different from my way.
We need to find our life’s purpose, but we do that by finding what makes us express and experience joy.
If you’re worried about not knowing how you’ll make money at it, that’s okay. There’s always, always going to be a way for you to make money at it.
One good question to ask yourself is, “what would I do if I knew I would fail?”
Now, read that again, because you probably expected it to say, “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” That’s a question we ask a lot, and it’s a good question.
But what would you do even if you knew you were going to fail, because then you know you are doing it for the sheer joy of doing it, and not for the accomplishment that you expect on the other side.
When I first started this journey of self-discovery, I went through a lot of different things.
I love to teach. I love to learn. I got a PhD because I thought that was my path. But although I love to teach and I love to learn, I don’t necessarily love to teach and learn the subject I got my PhD in.
That was a problem.
Then I became a minister because I love to teach and I love to learn, but I liked doing it one-on-one, so while being a minister in front of a congregation was awesome and I loved my peeps, I didn’t want to be that far removed from them.
Finally, I came to coaching because I get to actually talk to people like you all day, every day.
Ask yourself, what would you do, even if you knew you were going to fail? What makes your heart sing? What helps you express and experience joy? That’s when you know that you’re living in your purpose.
Then have the courage to go do it. Don’t let fear stand in your way! Have the courage to take the leap, because when you take the leap towards your purpose, the universe will support you. I promise.