Activating Your Life Purpose

Studies over the years have shown that many people are in jobs or careers they do not find fulfilling.  Many standard job sites have tips for finding the right career.  For a different perspective, the following was taken from a recent posting by Deepak Chopra.

When identifying your life purpose, you need to consider inner motivation and outer reward. This match between inner and outer is key when it comes to finding your life purpose. The stronger your vision, the more inspired you will be.  A vision can be personal and fulfilling without being grand or lasting a lifetime. Any vision must meet the inner test. Imagine yourself pursuing your heart’s desire. Feel what it would be like to do this. Put as many details into this mental picture as you can. Having done this exercise, how motivated are you to take the next step? Visions expand with achievement, and bringing your vision to life requires feedback in the real world.

Many people are discouraged from pursuing their vision because they look too far ahead. This is pure imagination. A world chess champion was once asked how many moves ahead he can see. He replied, “Only one, but it’s the right one.” This standard is useful for most people. See only one move ahead, but make it the right move. Give yourself room to change tactics and make mistakes, but don’t settle for a move that doesn’t feel right. A vision isn’t about achieving a goal. It’s about expansion, evolution, and inner fulfillment. You can’t reach fulfillment if each step is discouraging, difficult, or a struggle. I’m referring to inner struggle. When you’re following your own light, external difficulties become a rewarding part of the challenge. Keep in mind that every step should be one you want to take, not a step you feel you must take.

Now let’s discuss the practicalities. These begin with your present situation. Are you partially fulfilling your life’s purpose already, or do you find yourself far from that? For most people, the transition from where they are to where they want to be is a challenge. If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself moving in the right direction already, then taking the next step is much easier. You can ask for advice and counsel from someone who is a step ahead of you and is going where you want to go. In a hospital, for example, an orderly can speak to a nurse for advice, a nurse to an intern, an intern to a specialist, and on up the line. Looking for a mentor or guide has become a useful, practical path forward.

The more difficult challenge is to change directions completely. Let’s say that this is your situation. Two problems usually exist. The first is a matter of security, leaving behind the safety and familiarity of your situation, even when it feels compromised. The second problem is uncertainty, wondering whether you are making the right decision to change direction. Both of these factors involve risk, and risk creates stress and anxiety. This gives us the best clue how to move forward. Make a plan that minimizes risk and stress. For example, let’s assume you want to change jobs. To do this, most people need money, emotional support, training, and experience. If you had to handle all of these at the same time, the result would be stressful and highly risky. But that’s not necessary. You can test the waters for each of these things. Training can begin with part-time courses or night school. Experience can begin with apprenticeship or becoming a volunteer. Emotional support can begin by consulting friends and family until you find someone who supports your dream. The same is true for financial support. You will know you have found a path to your life’s purpose when each step supports and encourages your inner intention.  Now you have the practical way to achieve living your life purpose in the present moment.

Once you know what you want for your next job, let Integrated Staffing support you in achieving your goal!

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