Are you currently doing what sets your soul on fire?
I know this may sound like a far-fetched question, but it is possible to do what you love. Unfortunately, many of you are of the belief that what you do for work must feel like drudgery. I want you to know that this does not have to be the case. It is possible to find a job that fills you with joy, sets your soul on fire and provides a sense of purpose. But you must do the work to get there.
When I coach leaders one of the first questions I ask is, “what are you passionate about?” It saddens me when I hear “I don’t know,” which is often. If you don’t take time to figure out what fills you up, work will always feel like work.
Finding what you are passionate about will connect you with your life’s purpose. Your life purpose is the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. Purpose will guide your life decisions, influence behaviors, give you a sense of direction, and provide a deeper meaning to your life. Discovering your purpose will help you to find a career that sets your soul on fire.
So where do you start? Begin to think about your natural-born gifts and talents. What are your unique skills, interests, and experiences that bring you joy? What is the one thing you feel so strongly about that motivates you even on the bad days?
You may know you are discovering your passion if you feel accomplished after making a successful presentation at work, creating art, or helping others? As you begin to identify the moments that bring you the most joy you are usually on the path to your purpose.
You will need to go inward to set your soul on fire.
This means sitting in silence. Go out into nature to just Be. Wander, explore, and allow the answers within you to rise to your awareness. We are surrounded by so much noise we are unable to hear our own inner voice that will guide us to what we desire.
You need to learn how to pay attention.
You must develop a greater sense of self-awareness. As you gain self-awareness you will be able to identify your own self-limiting beliefs that keep you living small. Your self-limiting beliefs will keep you stuck in a pattern of believing you cannot live a more meaningful life.
Finding your purpose is about the long game. You will never find your purpose by only focusing on short-term goals and immediate gratification. Your purpose is more about how you will impact the world or leave your legacy versus an end goal.
Embrace a growth mindset.
If you are not growing, you are dying. A growth mindset will help you to become a better version of yourself. It will keep you in constant pursuit of what brings you joy. You will see challenges as opportunities and persevere despite failure.
Finding your purpose will make life more meaningful, but it requires courage and work. Your purpose will begin to guide your decisions and open you to experiences that set your soul on fire.
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