What is my passion and purpose? Want to know? I believe a good starting place is to ask these three very important questions.
1. What am I passionate about?
When I ask this question, many people are unable to tell me. We get so caught up in the routine and monotony of life that we forget why we are here or what we are passionate about. When we have passion in our life, we are energized and come alive. It can be as simple as asking yourself, what do I love? Make a list. Write down everything that you are passionate about. Then consider. How am I doing at pursing what I am passionate about or making room for it in my life?
2. What am I motivated to do?
I can have passion about coffee or ice cream, but not particularly want to work in an ice cream parlor or coffee shop. So, while it is important to know our passion, what gives me the greatest fulfillment in life is to do what I am motivated to do. When you are operating in your motivational strengths you have a “YES” feeling or “I was meant to do this” kind of feeling. You are motivated and it can feel more like play than work. As you look back over your life, did you ever feel that “yes” feeling? What were you doing at the time? Consider what you have done well and enjoyed doing at the same time? Where do you shine? These are important clues to how you are motivated. Remember, when you tap into your motivational strengths, you have no problem getting out of bed in the morning.
3. How do I want to make a difference?
True satisfaction and fulfillment comes when we believe that we are contributing and making a difference in this world. What is bigger than you that you want to be involved in or with? What kind of contribution do you want to make in your community or in the world around you? Most people are looking for happiness, but they don’t realize that the greatest happiness comes when we serve or help others. Fast forward. Let’s pretend it is the end of your life and you have the opportunity to look back over your life. What will you regret not doing? What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want others to say about you?
You owe it to yourself and the world around you to do a little self-discovery and ask yourself some important questions. What am I passionate about? What am I motivated to do and how do I want to make a difference in the world? The world is in need of people who are “fully alive.” More importantly maybe it’s time you came alive to a life of greater passion, purpose and fulfillment!