My purpose in life
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” – Paulo Coelho
Finding my purpose in life has been quite a journey. Today, knowing who I am is the force that gives me the power to stay focused on what I believe I am meant to do. From a very early age, I knew that I had a calling to help people. However, during childhood, the only way I could imagine implementing this calling was to become a doctor. Unfortunately or, fortunately in my case, that never worked out.
So here I am, having discovered that my true purpose is actually about helping clients find their purpose and being who they truly are meant to be. This deep knowing motivated my journey to become a life coach. By helping people clarify and express their purpose, they reignite their inner spark. And as a result, live life purposefully through their gifts, passion and power. The outcome of which is deep inner joy and fulfilment. But, finding my purpose in life wasn’t a walk in the park.
Down in the dumps, I have been there...
I know what it feels like to be down in the dumps. To feel that the world is not actually my home. That I am not meant to achieve much, but do as I’m told and what others expected of me. Yet, I have always had that “salmon mentality”. You know…. swim upstream and make it back home no matter what.
I realised that if mediocrity and playing small was my destiny, I would not have been on this earth. Knowing there was more, that I am more kept driving me forward. Consequently, there were 2 options for me: stay where I am, shrivel up and slowly die inside. Or embrace my “inner salmon” and make it happen for myself.
By honouring my deep knowing of what and who I am meant to be, ignited my journey. This journey involved peeling back years’ worth of conditioning and a self-limiting mindset. Discovering my purpose in life was not a solo road trip. With the support and guidance from my life coach, mentors, friends and family, my life transformed. So, what was the first step in my journey?
Finding purpose in life starts with facing your fears and being courageous
Without this transformation, I would not be able to help my clients reach their own inner greatness. The biggest lesson for me was that It’s all about one’s mindset. The second biggest lesson was that courage was at the heart of taking the first step and keeping on. I’m sure you are familiar with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote about courage:
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
What was “more important” to me, was my independence and getting to know who I truly am. As a result, I was no longer interested in being imprisoned by fear and conforming to what others believed and dictated. Breaking free resulted in the experience and development of skills to help my clients achieve the same for themselves. Although it was difficult at times, it was also liberating and such fun.
Now, by being who I truly am, I get to live my life by my rules. The blessing is that I help clients do the same. How are you breaking through to find your own power and experience a wonderful world of living with purpose? Go ahead, I encourage you to take the first step to be who you truly are. I know you will find it worth it, just like I did, when you discover your own true power!
I would like to walk the path with you to help you answer the “what is my purpose in life?” question for yourself.
“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” – Ray Bradbury.