Four Ways to Measure My Purpose of Why I’m Here
Have you ever noticed just how many people just do life? And ironically, not even a very good one.
They just go from one day to another almost in an awake coma simply going through the motions.
Would anyone outright admit it? Not a chance. But a simple analysis would reveal they’re just on a gentle coast to nowhere.
A motivated busy professional wants to have purpose. Is that you?
I wrote a blog called “Do You Have IT?” in which I addressed three foundational reasons to live a life of purpose.
I wanted to follow up to explore each of the three reasons in more detail.
In review, the definition of Purpose is “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”
My simplified definition is…
“Doing something bigger than me or living for something bigger than myself.”
Purpose Gives Life Meaning – Why I’m Here
Once I know why I am here, it’s amazing the clarity that comes from my purpose.
But often it’s a long and confusing journey to find that coveted purpose.[tweetthis]I’m drawn & moved to people with purpose. There’s just something about their story that’s compelling.[/tweetthis]
But this isn’t by accident. They’ve had their purpose tested and they’ve withstood the test.
Since most have not found their purpose yet, I want to challenge your thinking of what it will begin to look like when you find it.
This is an acronym to measure your purpose. You want and need to know why you’re here.
H – HEART
Key Question: are you passionate about your purpose?
This area is difficult to fake.
I had a high school basketball coach who would tell us all of the time to “put your heart into it” (usually ended with Buckley!) What did he mean?
Playing with heart meant we were truly in the game. We cared. We wanted to be there and we wanted to win.
It’s much like life.
You can tell when someone just simply doesn’t care about something. They’re simply there because they have to be not because they want to be.
IF this is your purpose, first and foremost, your heart must be in it. Passion is an instant by-product.
E – ENERGY
Key Question: does your purpose give you energy
SO much of life is draining especially if we have a lot of things we HAVE to do.[tweetthis]Your purpose is something you want to do & should give you an instant & ongoing shot of adrenaline.[/tweetthis]
You should lose yourself in it and feel like you can take on absolutely anything after engaging in it.
Others will be amazed by your passion but to you, energy is an added bonus, a “but wait, there’s more” benefit.
It will ultimately provide the strength you’ll need to take on any challenge and to see it through to the end.
R – RESILIENCE
Key Question: am I willing to fight for my purpose?
Anything that is not easy and challenges the status quo will attract conflict.
Your purpose will encounter resistance. People will not understand. You will question yourself.
But it’s in those challenging times you will truly know if your purpose is really your purpose.
How? Because you not only withstand the resistance itself, but as a result, it makes you stronger. You become resilient.
It’s not IF challenges will come but WHEN and HOW will you handle them.
This is what separates a mere dreamer to someone on a mission.
E – EYES
Key Question: do I see the world differently because of my purpose?
Since most people just walk around life in a day coma, they miss SO much especially things that truly matter.
Your purpose will open up your eyes to see the world differently.
And what you see will move you with emotion to change what you see. It’s absolutely critical.
When I listen to someone passionate about a certain area, I often find myself saying, “I never noticed that before” or “I didn’t realize it was that bad.”
Why? It’s not my purpose and often just don’t have the eyes to see it.
But they did because their purpose opened up their eyes to a whole new world.
So what if I don’t know what my purpose is and why I’m HERE..?
Work through the acronym trying to answer the following questions:
Question 1: what do you put your Heart into any given day?
Question 2: what brings you Energy in life?
Question 3: what am I willing to be Resilient for that matters to me?
Question 4: what opens up my Eyes in the world around me?
Think through each one of these questions and as you answer them, hopefully your purpose will begin to take form.
In the End…
My challenge for you is find your purpose. It takes work to uncover and develop. But in the end it’s worth every moment of the discovery process.
Others are waiting for you to find your purpose.!
Why are you really H.E.R.E?