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Life Purpose How Can I Find What Im Here To Do? Print E-mail
Russel Brownlee   
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Life Purpose  How Can I Find What Im Here To Do? - image by oOlemon (sxc.hu)Are you going slowly crazy in a job that doesn't suit you? Are you wondering just what it will take to finally live a purposeful and passionate life? Studies suggest that as many as 80% of people are dissatisfied with their work and find little or no meaning in it. If you are one of them, here's something you can do to transform your life.


Step 1 – Discovering the clues to your destiny

The first thing is to realise that the clues to your destiny, your true purpose, are already in your life. They're there in front of you and you're just not seeing them. So, get a sheet of paper, settle down comfortably, and write down the answers to these questions:

  • What books do you read because you truly love reading them? (Your books will tell you a lot about what your real passions are.)
  • What do you spend your free time doing?
  • What do you spend your free time dreaming about?
  • What do you always seem to have money for?
  • What would you do with your life if you won the lottery? (This is a very powerful question – it will reveal what you really feel passionate about.)

It's almost certain that your true calling is not something that's going to just arrive out of the blue - it's there already, in the things you dream about, in the things you do naturally without being paid to do them. Mostly, we overlook these things because they can seem unimportant or we can't see a way to earn a living from them.


Step 2 – Imagining your ideal life

Now take the clues you found in Step 1 and create a picture of your ideal life. Yes, it's OK to dream – give yourself permission to put aside the objections and excuses for a while. We'll deal with them later. For now, create a statement of what your perfect life will look like or feel like. For example:

  • When my life is ideal, I am being the best mother I can be and I am working from home, creating a profitable online business that provides for my family and makes my clients happy.
  • When my life is ideal I am performing in front of audiences all over the world. I enjoy great earnings from my performances and I own a beautiful home at the sea.
  • When my life is ideal I am enjoying my gardening and my house is always full of visitors who love to spend time in the beautiful space I've created.

Don't be afraid if your passions seem either too normal or too ambitious. Your happiness depends on you recognising these passions without judgment.


The secret

Okay, now you've got an idea of what you're really passionate about, but how do you manifest it in your life? What about all those practicalities like time and money? So here's the secret that makes all the difference. The reason why these dreams haven't yet manifested in your life is because you were never absolutely clear on them. It's not about the money or the opportunities or the intelligence that you think you don't have – it's about clarity."When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear."
That's a quote from the book The Passion Test – The effortless path to discovering your destiny by Janet and Chris Attwood. Your job is to get clear on what you want – and only once you've done that will the opportunities appear. So go out there and dream – get clear on what you would love to be, do, and have – then keep you attention on these things. You might be surprised at what happens!

Russel Brownlee is a life coach and hypnotherapist working in Cape Town. To find out more about finding your true purpose, visit his web site at www.inspiredcoaching.co.za.
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