Knowing your life’s purpose is one thing. Living on purpose is another.
Q: How do you feel when you’re living on purpose?
A: Peaceful, at ease, in the flow, in your zone.
Q: How do you know when you’re off track?
A: Life is confusing, a constant struggle, as if you’re riding a bicycle in a river against the current.
In Oprah Winfrey’s new book The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose she says, “I believe every one of us is born with a purpose. No matter who you are, what you do, or how far you think you have to go, you have been tapped by a force greater than yourself to step into your God-given calling. This goes far beyond what you do to earn your living. I’m talking about a supreme moment of destiny, the reason you are here on earth.”
I would love for Oprah to know that each person’s life purpose and life lesson is precisely encoded into the unique fingerprint patterns. I’m in full agreement with her further statement: “Committing to a life of purpose takes courage.”
When you feel like you’ve lost your way, and meaning has escaped your path, take these tips to return to your purpose:
- Take a breath
- Make an honest inventory of your grievances, control issues, criticisms and what you’re resisting.
- Let go.
Get into the sandbox with your life’s lessons. The lessons I’m talking about are the repeating patterns of obstacles that prevent a positive attitude that all things in life are in support of your purpose. Being in the sandbox with your lessons creates a sense of play. A playful approach can strengthen skills to handle your lessons.
Life lesson example
Let’s say your life lesson is not trusting in yourself and therefore not speaking up when it matters most.
You’re here to learn to listen deeply for your truth, to speak up, be heard and to appropriately surrender to your life’s natural flow. The challenge is not to surrender yourself too much or too little…but just right.
(In this example) As you courageously speak up for yourself in the name of your inner truth (not your opinion or stance to be ‘right’ or better) and you surrender appropriately, you develop skills in trust – trusting in yourself – that what you have to say is important and meaningful. You’re learning to trust in your voice regardless of the potential acceptance or rejection that may result.
This creates space for authentic intimacy with others because you are being true to you. Imagine that!
Now, your life’s purpose will certainly bloom with the advanced skills you bravely heightened through your life lessons.
Hand Analyst Chris Kidder pointed me to an article in Science Daily where a recent study indicates people with strong life purpose may take less effort when making healthier choices.
This research showed that people with a stronger sense of life purpose are more likely to respond positively to health messages and experience less activity in brain regions associated with conflict. Read article…
The ultimate aim in finding purpose is freedom – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual freedom. However, on that path to freedom is a specific life purpose designed for you and it’s all in your hands and fingerprints.