7 Steps to Find Your Purpose
By Estra Roell
As I was driving down the road with my 16 year old son I noticed him more glum than usual.
“What’s up?” I ventured.
“I just don’t know what to do with my life,” he replied. “I
don’t know what I could possibly do to make a living that I would be
” You’ll spend most of your adult life at work,” I advised, “so do something you love.”
“I don’t know what that is. I don’t know what I like to do that I could make a living at.”
“Well, what I notice is that many times when I come home from
work thinking I have groceries I find them missing because you’ve been
cooking for your friends. Every after school job you’ve had has been in a
restaurant and you talked the manager into promoting you from busboy to
line cook and you’ve done really well. Do you think you’d like to be
cook?” He brightened and turned to me with an actual smile. “No,” he
said. “Not a cook. I want to be a chef!”
This boy, who had been a rather bored, lackadaisical high
school student went on to culinary school and was one of the top
students. He received accolades from his instructors, his original
dishes always sold out and he even got excited about the papers he had
to write. When you are passionate about what you do, everything changes.
Studies by the research company Harris Interactive have shown
that 80% of working Americans don’t enjoy what they do for a living. The
highest incidents of heart attacks and suicides are on Monday mornings.
Clearly something is missing in the lives of most people.
We all come into this life with a purpose. Each of us has a
unique contribution to give to the world and that gift will always be in
the form of something we love to do. If you are spending your days out
of touch with what you feel most passionate about because you think
that’s the only way to make a living, you will feel it as stress,
boredom, false fatigue, poor health and a general state of unhappiness.
How successful do you think you will be under those conditions? Who
would you rather do business with or have as an employee–someone who is
charged up with enthusiasm for what they are doing or someone who is
forcing him or herself through each day?
When you are engaged in work that you are passionate about you
are fulfilled. You feel a sense of aliveness, vitality and joy. Your
actions come from a sense of inspiration. Many people limit themselves
because they don’t believe they can make a living from doing what they
are naturally drawn to, they feel afraid, they think they lack the
necessary skills or they are under pressure from family to take a
certain path in life. This is your life and no one else can live it for
you. Not only are you healthier and more fulfilled by following your
passions, you are actually more attractive to abundance and success.
Think of Oprah Winfrey, for example. Her passion was talking to people
and look what she did with that!…
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