Who are you?
Do not answer the question with a list of roles that you fill, like mother, son, girlfriend, employee, Sunday School Teacher, but look beyond the titles and think about the reason of why you are here.
If you can answer that question without hesitation, then no need to read any further, however, if you are not quite sure, clueless or doubtful then it will only benefit you to take some time to find the answers to the question.
A person cannot reach their full potential without knowing his/her purpose. We all have infinite potential that often goes untested because we lack true identity and do not understand what we were specifically created for.
A butter knife can substitute as a screw-driver, but prolonged and repeated use as a screw driver will only cause damage to the butter knife, eventually it will bend and warp because it was not designed to do that type of work. Its highest and best use is to spread butters, creams and jams on food and it will last a life time when used as designed.
We can do many things but can only reach our full potential when operating in our purpose.
So, again, who are you?
Do you know that the answer is already planted inside you? You just have to do a little digging to uncover it.
Below is a list of questions to help you self-assess. Do not rush through it but take time to look at your strengths, short comings and passions and decide, right here and now if you are willing to make changes in your life.
If you want to grow and live in your purpose, then you must act on purpose. And yes, there is hard work to be done.
After answering the questions, use them to write out a growth plan. A growth plan is simply, identifying the ways you want to change and writing out actions to make those changes. Take out your calendar, schedule time for yourself, everyday (even if it is for a few minutes) to grow. Even if you do not have all the answers or everything figured out, plan to start moving and open yourself to learning and asking questions.
- Do you like what you are doing now (occupation)?
- What would you like to do?
- Do you know why you want to do what you would like to do?
- What are you passionate about?
- What drives you and gives you satisfaction?
- If you could solve a global or national problem (i.e. – hunger, global warming, poverty, etc.) what would it be?
- What key issues, problems or concerns make you cry and keep you up at night?
- What are your top 3 priorities?
- Can you do what you want to do?
- Do you consider yourself gifted, creative or talented? If so, list them.
- Do you know the difference between what you want and what you are good at?
- What are 3 personal habits or things that you would like to change about yourself?
- In the past, what has kept you from doing what you want to do?
- How much are you willing to pay or sacrifice in pursuit of growth and purpose?
- Who do you know that does what you like to do? Would you be willing to reach out to them for help, advice, coaching or mentorship?
- What is one step that you can take TODAY to get started?
- What will it be like when you get to do what you want to do?
Congratulations on taking a step closer to understanding your purpose. You are on your way!