Like a tool is created for a specific purpose, so each person is also. And if we employ a certain instrument for something different than its intended function, it leads to frustration and fruitlessness. For example: If you were to use a saw to make firewood, it would cost much effort to succeed, since it was not designed for the job – an axe was. Likewise, many of us are not being applied towards our true calling. We are merely accomplishing jobs for the sake of duty rather than destiny – existing from day to day with no real zeal or zest to make us truly thrive.
Purpose consists of a variety of factors (listed below) that work together to make a person live out their talents successfully in their own unique way, while experiencing that feeling of fulfilment.
Profession, in short, refers to your line of work – the vocation you gained through training or experience. This acquired knowledge and skill set position you to accomplish a certain job or pursue a specific career. For many, their “purpose” ends here. But our daily labour alone can never truly bring us to our destiny.
Passion is the fuel of purpose. It is that almost incontrollable feeling that urges us to pursue matters. How do you know what your passions are? They are those things that make your heart beat faster with excitement when you merely think about it. It is the stuff you do without dreading it; the interests that make you feel alive.
It could include anything – and many things – from helping disadvantaged children to filling the world with beautiful designs. Your passions could also develop and adapt as you grow and are exposed to different experiences.
Your unique make-up will greatly impact your purpose. We were all individually fashioned with certain characteristics and talents. If you operate outside of these, you might experience “personality fatigue”, whereas you will feel content and productive if you function within your designated design.
To gain a better understanding of your personality type and natural talents, personality- and aptitude tests could be of great help.
The time and place into which you were and born and raised and the social situation you find yourself in at the moment also play a pivotal part in your purpose. For example, factors such as the historic period, generation, nationality, culture, family, neighbourhood and socio-economic background (to name but a few) will form you in a certain way and provide you with unique options, opportunities and obstacles. You are thus situated in a very distinctive sphere and your purpose is inevitably tied to this situation.
By the way – being in a “more favourable” position in life does not necessarily give us more scope to live out purpose. In fact, it is often the case that people who had to overcome more, achieve more and live fuller lives than those who did not ever have to contend for much. Whatever your circumstances are – it does not doom you to purposelessness, but you do need to be intentional about digging your destiny out of it.
One last thought: destiny is not necessarily fixed, but rather fluid – just like the goal of a saw can be to cut multiple materials for a wide variety of objectives. There is therefore no need to panic that you somehow “missed” your sole purpose in life. Just make sure you find a piece of it.
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If you feel like you need some assistance in locating and living your purpose, life coaching could be instrumental in achieving this. Maybe consider a workshop, one-on-one coaching sessions or personality profiling to help get you on track to your destiny.