I remember the first time someone asked me “What is your purpose?” It seemed like such an overwhelming question to answer. I thought about it…for years. I read books about it. I did everything possible to figure out the answer to that question and kept coming up empty.
Then I read an article that made me look at life purpose differently. The short version of the story: You have a set amount of time that you’re here on Earth. How do you want to spend that time?
When you put it that way, the question is less illusive and the answer seems more attainable. It also opens up other questions like:
Oftentimes the “thing” that we spend the most time doing is the “thing” that gives our life the most meaning. If you like sports, you may read magazines, watch ESPN or analyze plays when you watch games. Maybe you enjoy keeping things neat and organized. Entertaining, planning parties and shopping might be your “thing.” Whatever your “thing” is, it just comes naturally.
When I was a kid, all I did was sing, read and write. I spent hours listening to music. I read books and got lost in the pages. I wrote poetry, short stories and journaled. As I got older, my love for music, reading and writing continued. It just took on new life. My short stories are now blogposts. My journal is about gratitude. I perform when I want to and read avidly.
Maybe you’re like me, interested in a lot of things. The fun part about having many interests is that you get to try out different things, until you figure out what works for you. When I wanted to sing, I did nothing else. I ate, slept and drank singing. I put my everything into it. Now that singing is no longer my primary interest, I put that same time, effort and energy into coaching.
How your life purpose plays out may change over time. The essence behind it doesn’t have to though. You can still take what you loved as a kid and be passionate and curious about it as an adult. You just have to determine if you want to take that passion and turn it into purpose, so that you can prosper from it. You can also just enjoy it for the sake of enjoyment.
Life purpose doesn’t have to be this illusive, unattainable thing. If you take off the adult limits and put on your kid eyes, you just might find what you’re looking for.
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Latarsha Horne is a Certified Professional Coach with a strong background in learning and development. Her coaching style is open-minded, straight-forward, instinctive, creative and caring. If you want to be challenged and grow, she's the coach for you.