Do you know what your life purpose is yet? Do you have a sense of what brings you passion and engagement? That one thing you were meant to do with your time on Earth? Or, like the vast majority of people, does it feel maddeningly just out of reach?
Here’s a thought for you: what if you are barking up the wrong tree and instead you should be climbing it?
At this point you might be asking yourself what I could possibly mean by that! After all, we are constantly bombarded with stuff suggesting we need to seek out and find what our Life Purpose is. Today I would like to offer a different perspective, and I invite you to try it and see if it opens up a whole new horizon.
There has been plenty of research telling us that living life with a clear sense of purpose leads to greater happiness. There are loads of coaches and therapists and a plethora of tools that offer different methods of discovering that life purpose. I have some myself! But here is the thing; for many of us our life purpose is a journey, constantly unfolding and moving onwards and upwards. It is through that journey that we find our passion and fulfillment. It may not even be a single ‘thing’ that we are meant to do, but more an approach; an intention to engage with passion and put ourselves fully in to life. In that act of ‘doing’ we find the treasure. You see I don’t believe that our life purpose is entirely ‘figure-outable’ with our conscious minds (our unconscious is another matter, but I digress!). We can’t simply think our way in to our life purpose, we have to step in to action. It is from those actions that we shape and re-shape and grow. The reward is in the experience, and becomes richer the more we engage.
You might like to try these things to give your life a boost and fill it with purpose and passion:
- i just love metaphors! They unlock innate intelligence within us without our even understanding how we got there. Imagine your life as a tree, and each day as you experience things you climb another branch. You will find some days you take a huge step up, sometimes you edge along the branch you are on, and on others you might switch to a different side of the tree and clamber up from there. Sometimes a branch might snap, and you are just hanging on in there! If you take a moment to look at the view from each branch you willnotice how your perspective is constantly shifting. What you see changes. More often than not you can only decide which branch to aim for next once you are closer to it. It is wonderful to pause on a branch and simply enjoy the view, but notice how if you are sitting there not moving because of fear of moving forward nothing shifts.
- What is it that you want in life? Such a tough question for so many of us. There are a ton of coaching exercises that can help uncover it. One is to start noticing the many things that energize you, and that you really love doing … and do more of them. If you are doing something you love each day your life will be unfolding with a sense of purpose and passion.
- How can you tell if you are on the right track (climbing the right tree)? Check in with your heart. This will guide you on what steps to take and what branches to choose. If something doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t. Get used to checking in with yourself and using it as your guide as you move on. Notice if past stuff is getting in the way of present joy and find ways to unhook yourself from it – because if you hold on to them they will keep you stuck on that branch, probably in a bad spot with little or no view.
I do hope that you enjoyed this perspective. If it weren’t for the frigid weather I think I would like to go and climb a tree right now!
I also want to share with you, dear Little Life Liners, my latest project. It is course which I will run over the internet called ‘STRIP‘. It is in the very process of working on STRIP that I am experiencing the sense of joy and purpose that I talk about here. The course will be for women only, and will use all kinds of fun and creative tools (photography, visualization, free writing) to simplify life (strip), get clarity around what you want, and get you in to action.