In the past few weeks, everyone I talk to seems to be introspectively considering what their purpose is. It’s not a new discussion. I’m sure we all think about this, but it seems to be gaining radical momentum, at least with the entrepreneurs and friends I’ve been talking to.

Why now, what gives?

I would guess that age has something to do with it – at various points in our life, we satisfy a life goal, and then we wonder, what next? What I am I meant to do? How do I fulfill the purpose I have come here for? How does my business align with that purpose?

I recently stepped into my own “super power” and it caused me to start wondering what it’s for. Why do I have this gift, and what do I do with it? How do I best serve people with who I am and what I can do? Because, isn’t this the question we entrepreneurs all have, all the time? So, since I’m going through these thoughts myself, and I know many others are as well, I’d like to offer a few thoughts to marry business with spirit and feel like we’re on the path to honoring our purpose:

  1. It’s OK to not know. I think the biggest frustration is knowing you can do many things, and not knowing what to do with them. As you evolve as a person, so do your talents and abilities – be they straightforward business expertise or spiritual gifts, or beyond. So, it might be simpler to expect to evolve, and make it normal to go through a period of time where you don’t have the answers.
  2. Ask questions. The flip side of not knowing answers is you are likely to have tons of questions! So, keep asking them. Ask them to your friends, your mentors, and most importantly, ask them to yourself. Ask the same questions every day. If you’re not getting the answers you need, then tweak the questions. Answers will come.
  3. ikigai - interpretation of Japanese concept  - a reason for being as a balance between love, skills, needs and money - handwriting on a napkin with a cup of espresso coffee

    ikigai – interpretation of Japanese concept

    Trust your intuition. This is really nebulous. What’s intuition? What if your intuition is “always wrong” or “you are completely out of touch with your intuition”? At some point, one or more answers will come that make you feel inspired, and like writing down ideas and taking action, instead of remaining lost in thoughts and staring at the sky. This is when you know your body is responding to information that is taking you towards a destination, rather than causing you more confusion and introspection.

  4. Consider that you have more than one purpose. It’s quite possible that we have multiple purposes. Why else do we one minute feel radically connected to something that feels meaningful and makes us feel alive, and the next, wonder what we are meant to do NEXT?
  5. Focus on today. “Finding your LIFE purpose” is pretty huge. It’s no wonder you struggle to figure it out for ages. So, how about, instead of focusing on your life purpose, you focus on your purpose for today, and let that fulfill you?

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