After yesterday’s Purpose Equation, I feel like I’m sensing more people are starting to “get” the whole concept of life purpose in a much more realistic and true way.
I feel like we as a community are going to make great progress once this is understood!
And there is going to be a whole lot less stress and frustration for those who are still in the process of discovering their purpose.
Which, will lead to more happiness, joy, and peace.
I love it.
Okay, to explain the Purpose Equation even further, I’m first going to do a quick recap. Here is the simple equation for purpose:
It’s really that simple.
In fact, it gets even simpler, really.
Anything that you are doing right now, whether it’s a talent or not, that helps people is part of your purpose.
Think about it: we all say that we “want to leave a mark” on the world during our lifetime. To do so, all that really means is that we want to leave the world better off than before we were alive.
We don’t want to just take up space, we want to invest and give back.
And to get inspired, we look at the famous people who have given back in astronomical ways. We look at Gandhi, Oprah, Buddha, Jesus, Bill Gates, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr, or Danielle LaPorte.
So, we try to be kinda like them. Famous, making a big impact.
However, when you think about who has made the biggest impact in your personal life, did any of those people directly help you in any way? Sure, they may have helped us slant-wise. But the people who make the biggest positive impact in our lives are usually:
Our parents, extended family, significant others, friends, teachers, doctors, neighbors, and online friends (I had to throw that in there too!).
These people are the ones that make us smile, pat our backs when we get bad news, cheer us on, and help us make our dreams come true.
When I die, we won’t be thinking of thanking Mother Theresa for what she did for me. I will be thanking my mom for spending most of her life dedicated to raising myself and my two brothers.
So this isn’t a knock on the scale of your purpose dreams, just a reality check that fame and recognition does not the only way to make a deep and lasting effect on the world.
Helping people we come into contact with, on any scale, is the true meaning that we seek.
So, that means… whatever the heck you are doing in this moment is an opportunity to find purpose and meaning.
You may not be in your dream job, but purpose is not about having a “job” or “career.” So whatever you spend your time doing, is a chance to bring purpose to the table by helping those around you.
Here are a few examples of how purpose can play out in our current situations:
So basically anything done with love and concern for others is in some way, our purpose.
And, if you find that whatever you are doing now doesn’t feel like “enough,” find a way to help out a new group of people who need your talents or current profession even more.
If you are a fashion blogger, for example, consider helping out with Dress for Success or some other program that helps women look their best who need new jobs.
If you are an accountant who is not allowed to help others with accounting based on job restrictions, consider tutoring an under-served high school student in math.
If you are a mother raising three kids, that seems like a lot already. But, you could also volunteer at their school or give advice to new moms.
If you are a college student, there a million programs and non-profit opportunities to help out in meaningful ways on most campuses. Go get busy doing something that you love which helps others.
But above all, please, please, please, never say you don’t know your purpose again.
Your purpose is always to help others in whatever way you can in this present moment.