Even if you are not focused on personal growth, following a passion may require you to act in ways normally considered too scary or risky. By stretching beyond your usual limits, you will develop skills, or mature in some way. A purpose can push you to make difficult decisions and learn to be flexible or stand firm.
Working to fulfil a purpose encourages you to trust your feelings, thoughts, likes, and dislikes. After all, it is your purpose and you are in charge of it. Purpose also gets the different aspects of yourself to read from the same page. It focuses your talents, skills, character, imagination, and even shadow qualities so they function in a more integrated way.
A purpose can be a North Star, something to guide you in decision making. Knowing where we want to go narrows our options. You can weigh decisions by their likelihood of keeping you on your purposeful track. On days when feeling out of sorts, confused, or at loose ends, there is always your North Star to look up to.
Your purpose may be very broad such as spreading kindness to everyone you meet, or it might be more specific such as starting and running a successful pet grooming business. Whatever yours may be you will know at the end of each day if you were true to your purpose. A successful day provides a self-esteem strengthening sense of accomplishment. (Wandering from our purpose teaches us self-forgiveness.)
Having a heart felt sense of purpose provides a measure of resilience for those slipping into a depressed state. When depressive symptoms are intense and life seems worthless or meaningless, a remembered purpose raises hope. The memory of feeling passionate about anything will help you believe in better days.
When you truly understand our purpose more fully, you more fully realize what you have to offer. You realize your value, and not only feel better about yourself, but are more equipped to communicate our value to others whether it is in a job interview, self-promotion or marketing a business.
Purpose helps us to find our place. Once we realize what we are here to do, our sense of competition and insecurity is lessened. We have something to do that is our own. We are unique. It allows us to be more connected to ourselves and to others.
Opportunities and information abound in today’s world. Without a clear sense of how and why you operate the way you do, you really can’t really grasp a solid direction. Direction does not come out of learned skills, but more out of passion, joy, a sense of calling and love. The more you know about what this means for you, the more direction you will experience.
Passion and purpose are inextricably linked. Purpose is defined by your passions. It’s the energy and fuel that allows you to fully express your purpose. The outcroppings of passion are laughter and fun which, interestingly, are powerfully transformational. We don’t do it nearly enough, and yet laughter and fun alone can change our lives.
Living with passion and purpose results in a more energetic, fired up way of life. Energy is the natural signal of purpose. An energy spike in your life for any reason is a positive indicator that you are headed in the right direction and living in alignment with your purpose.
Purpose is a magnet for opportunity and fulfillment. Purpose and its related passion and energy become a powerful attracting force for anything on which it is focused. Despite what we’ve been taught, hard work is the WORST solution. Seek inspiration and flow. Flow is the key to successful, effortless living and requires letting go, relaxing and allowing. Flow rarely happens if you are not grounded in a sense of purpose. We find that people who are purpose/passion powered attract everything they need, as they need it.
7) Fulfillment & Spiritual Connection
Focused purpose and expressed passion is a powerful formula for happiness and fulfilment…which is the purpose for all of our lives. The sense that we are a part of a much larger universe and that all things are orchestrated in our higher good offers a sense of trust, faith and stability so terribly needed in tough times