Finding Your Life Purpose and Passion
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Also, since about 80 percent of our life is spent working would you like to enjoy and be passionate about your work?
One aspect of happiness involves knowing our life has meaning. We experience this when we use our strengths to contribute to other people’s well-being.
Mark Rose, Discovering Your Life’s Purpose, outlines 3 steps for finding our purpose.
- What do you want to do to help others?
- What do you enjoy/love doing – your passion?
- What talents do you have to fulfill your purpose?
I have discussed this in the article 3 Steps to Discover Your Life Purpose with exercises to quickly find your life purpose and passion. See the links at the end of this article.
This article, however, contains a brief overview of the pursuit of my life purpose. Like 80% of people, I worked in jobs I disliked and that used only part of my talents.
I ask you, if your job differs from what brings you joy and fully uses your talents, does it give you time to pursue your life purpose and passion i.e. once you know your purpose?
The saving grace, which I believe differs from most people is my mundane jobs always gave me the money and time to pursue and build my strengths in what gave me joy and ignited my passion.
Another difference is that about 40% of the time, intermingled with regular jobs, I worked doing what fueled my life purpose and passion and joy. I, however, felt frustrated when I worked a regular job because this deviated from my life purpose.
I focused single minded throughout my life on inner self growth and finding my life purpose and passion. Unlike you I had no knowledge of the about mentioned 3 steps to discovering my purpose. I knew, however, in my early 20’s that I wanted to help others through counseling and therapy.
My particular life path blocked me from acquiring the skills through academic means by earning a Masters or PhD. in therapy. I developed my strengths another way through following my intuition, making the better critical choices and always taking the road less traveled.
With increased life experiences and most of all through a commitment to discovering myself emotionally and spiritually, I became more aware of my strengths and talents. This knowledge assisted me to overcome low self-esteem and also fully recover from codependent behaviors wanting to help others without taking care to nurture myself first.
About 2 years ago, I made the decision to resign from a job as a residential coach and mentor at a therapeutic boarding school for teenage girls. I teetered on the verge of complete physical and emotional burnout because of the corporate structure.
Today, I enjoy helping others using my various talents aligned with my life purpose and passion. I have had a combination of different purposes such as writing, blogging, teaching self-esteem to teen girls, assisting adults in emotional growth workshops, Bowen Therapy for improving physical and emotional health and hiking tours in the Sedona red rocks helping clients with breakthroughs in their lives.
It has taken me a life time to achieve living my life purpose and passion.
Other Articles on Life Purpose:
3 Steps How to Find a Life Purpose You Love https://www.emotionalhealthtips.com/find-your-life-purpose-3-steps
What is the Best Way to Find Your Life Purpose? https://www.emotionalhealthtips.com/life-purpose
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael David Lawrience is the author of Emotional Health: The Secret from Drama, Trauma, and Pain. His book provides ways for improving emotional health, easing pain and stress, healing physical and emotional abuse, and spiritual awakening. See book on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Health-Secret-Freedom-Trauma/dp/0615479170
Michael as a previous Residential and Self-Esteem Coach and Mentor has over 15 years’ experience teaching teen’s self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance. See eBook Self Esteem- A Teen’s Guide for Girls https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009L4JLMO This book is valuable for women also.
Michael offers Bowen Therapy in person in Sedona, Arizona for easing physical and emotional pain. https://www.emotionalhealthtips.com/bowen-therapy-sedona
Michael also conducts personalized hiking tours in Sedona for emotional and spiritual breakthroughs.