Colleen's thoughts on writing, directing and coaching, and her unique take on life itself!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

What is your purpose?

Many people come to me asking for help finding their passion - which often turns out to be associated with their life's purpose.

I believe it makes an enormous difference in the quality of our lives if we understand our individual purpose - and it's my belief each of us has one.

However, it's up to us if we want and choose to find our purpose - or mission - in life and pursue it.

IMO, living one's true purpose means the difference of being genuinely happy, fulfilled and content or trying to figure out how to make yourself feel better living as you do, day after day.

It can be as simple as asking yourself what you *love* to do that benefits you and others?

What makes you happiest - what resonates in your stomach as that one thing that makes you feel you are not of this world, but on a higher plain?

What lifts you to that higher ground and puts you around the sort of people you love to be with (or if it's alone you prefer - what makes you feel sensational there)?

Who are the people who have the values you want to be around constantly and consistently?

What kind of people make you feel like you "belong?"

Where do you feel most appreciated?

*And* what is it you *most* enjoy doing for others? Caring for them? Just being there for them?

What changes do you have to make to fulfill your purpose and pursue it from this moment on?

As for my purpose, if you've been reading my blog, you have at least a sense of what I believe it is.

Almost all artists are driven with the belief that practicing their art - creating through their art - is a large part of their life's purpose. Many also consider their life's purpose a spiritual calling (religion aside), because it's something they can't not do, and because it benefits both themselves and others.

Bringing joy to the lives of others in some way, helping others, empowering them, serving them in some way, or even just being good to yourself and other people - all are perfectly honorable purposes.

Consider your purpose a gift - literally a blessing - to yourself and others. Focusing on others first, as well as yourself, is an ideal way to get started. What can you do for others that you haven't - and why not? Perhaps discovering this about yourself will make a difference in your outlook.

Whom would you like to assist or serve? How? What skills or compassion or mojo can you share with others that would help them and make you feel fulfilled?

With the promise of renewal for the coming year, this is the perfect time to undertake your search!

Blogger Steve Pavlina has a simple method to help you find your purpose - which he says takes about 20 (or so) minutes, which does not involve religion. It's here.

Rick Warren's book, The Purpose-Driven Life has a strong religious component - its primary premise is that we are here to serve God.

Good luck to you if you are seeking your purpose - it's an exploration you will never, never regret.


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