How to turn your purpose into profit in 11 practical steps Ep. 7Sep 27, 2022
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Ah the age old question ‘how do I find my purpose’? It’s a loaded question which can send you into an overthinking spiral. I know I have before and its something that I’ve wrestled with for a long time. But in today’s episode, we are going to simplify the whole process so that you move from overthinking to action taking.
How to Find Your Purpose
1) Ask 3 friends that you trust.
I challenge you to ask 3 friends. Ask them what they think your super power is or what they think your gifts, talents, and skills are. Do it, even if you feel uncomfortable. Getting feedback is the antidote to overthinking and when the people you trust give you feedback, it helps you see yourself differently.
Get out of your head and get external feedback to yourself
2) Make a list of your qualities.
Look at what skills you're good at and make a list. Make a list of what you are good at. What are your character traits? What do you love doing?
3) Make a list of childhood passions.
Knowing what you don’t like is a good place to start if you don’t have that clarity. It’s time to go back to dreaming again.
The child version of who you are wants to come out and play.
4) Make a list of things you don’t enjoy.
What we don’t enjoy is very telling and can help lead us to our purpose.
5) Ikigai Concept = what you love + what the world needs + what you can be paid for +what you’re good at.
A combination of these four things(what you love, what the world needs, what you can be paid for, and what you’re good at) is where your purpose lies.
6) Be flexible with the process.
When you hit the ground running, you might have to pivot at times. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself, how can I pivot? You don’t have to throw away all the hard work, but just be willing to be flexible and pivot if needed.
7) Pay attention to your emotional state.
What are your emotions telling you about the activities you are doing? What do you seem to google a lot? What makes you excited and brings you joy?
Pay attention to your emotions. What makes you angry? These emotions can be fruitful and very telling.
8) What gets you talking nonstop?
What could you talk about all day? Pay attention to those things.
9) What are the immediate opportunities around you?
You can find a community of people who are doing what you want to do. This can help you keep that dream front and center, even if it’s not something you can't do at the very moment.
10) Separate purpose from identity.
“If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward.” - Oscar Wilde
Sometimes labels can keep you from moving forward. Purpose isn’t your identity. Also, finding your purpose doesn’t have to be one thing that you do for the rest of your life. You can have a purpose for a season.
11) It’s ok if it takes time.
It takes time to discover. Just take action and clarity will come. Some of us who have grown up with ‘what will people think’, might find it hardest because we have to untangle and deconstruct all the external voices in our lives and search for the still small voice of truth within.
And that’s my framework for finding your purpose. Try it out and see what works for you. Let me know which tip resonated the most with you.
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