This article is for anyone wanting to create a life they love, enjoy and are inspired by. A life that is truly beautiful!!
ACTION #21: FIND YOUR CALLING & SERVE
“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” – Oprah Winfrey
Do you know what lights up your soul?
Have you found your calling… your purpose?
How can you contribute to the world in highest alignment with who you were born to be?
FINDING YOUR CALLING
I literally have chills as I am writing this blog post for you. This is probably THE most important topic to me at the moment and has been for only… oh 13 years! Finding your calling, your soul’s work in the world, your purpose. Ohhhhhhhh, this my friend is… it!
So far on our Create a Life that is Beautiful journey I have taken you through 20 actions to help you re-connect with who you are, fill yourself up and release what isn’t serving you.
Now here is the grand finale, the crème de la crème… discovering your purpose. It’s what we all want right?! It is KEY to your fulfilment and in this article I am going to tell you why and give you some awesome tips to help you start to connect with what that might be. Teaching people how to discover their purpose, is at least for now, my purpose.
Now let’s get down to the bottom of what yours might be. Are you ready?
WHY YOU GOTTA FIND YOUR purpose
“When your life is on course with it’s purpose, you are your most powerful” – Oprah Winfrey
I get it… knowing what your calling or purpose might be seems like an incredibly weighty matter. You might be thinking, girrrrrrll this is what I have been trying to work out for like aaaaaaageeeesss. If I knew what it was, don’t you think I’d already be doing something about it?
Or... you might be thinking…. Lady! I already know what I was born to do… BUT [insert reason that is really just YOU stepping in your own way].
Or, perhaps you have doubts about the words “calling”, “purpose” and “soul’s work” altogether. You might be thinking, I’m forever changing and growing, how could I only have one purpose?
Yeahhhhhhh, I see you there. Here’s the deal:
♥ When we aren’t living in alignment with our “full potential” or “highest self” you just can’t seem to bury those deep desires within you for something MORE. It’s like settling for a crappy partner who you know just ain’t the right match for you… You are settling with your life. Your happiness and your fulfilment… so you know what that means? You are also sacrificing your health!! And… as a dear friend of mine once said to me: If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.
♥ Finding your purpose is all about finding the way you get to best serve yourself and the people around you. And service makes fulfilment. But only when it comes from a full cup and not as an obligation. Check out my earlier post on self-love and prioritising your needs HERE.
♥ The reason you are finding it so hard to discover what your purpose might be is because you are trying to decide your future based on how you feel in the present, rather than focussing on living in alignment with your truth NOW. It’s really not as difficult as you think, the problem is we have been looking for others and outcomes to determine our success for too long, instead of looking within. Once I get this, then. No – focus on NOW. Check out my earlier post all about how to be present HERE.
♥ Yes, purpose does change, evolve, expand and deepen. And honey, you ain’t gotta decide everything now. Nothing is ever set in stone. You just gotta get yourself in alignment with what you know about your purpose and your calling now. And here’s another thing to know – you already have everything you need to fulfil it. Ain’t no excuses gonna work here!
“You were born with everything you need to answer the call to your soul.” – Marie Forleo
how do you know when you have found your calling?
“The first thing these people have who succeed, who are fulfilled, is that they’ve decided what the purpose of the game is, at least for right now.” – Tony Robbins.
You know that you are on the right path when you feel excited, inspired and are experiencing that wonderful three letter word… JOY. You LOVE what you do and you do it WELL. Things might come more naturally for you or they might be a struggle, but that doesn’t matter to you because you WANT THIS and you know you’ve got what it takes.
There is a WHY behind what you are doing and that is what drives you. You are doing what you do for a reason. And you are enjoying the process. You could not imagine a better way for you to contribute to our world than what you are doing right now.
You are constantly expanding and growing and upleveling your limit for success.
“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.” – Tony Robbins.
Annnndddd let’s just get one thing straight before we go any further. Being wealthy, does not mean you have this work sorted. A very significant proportion of people with wealthy backgrounds are still depressed. But despite this fact, the examples we tend to be shown of people living in alignment with their purpose are usually super wealthy people. This is why we are all so unhappy – we aren’t shown real examples of happy people. No matter what your situation, happiness is a state of mind and you have the power to change it.
Is it that simple?
What work lights up your soul? What work makes you happy? Do that! Stop going for the highest paying job or the one with the most status. (I’m talking to my past self here).
CREATE & innovate – THAT is what our world needs! No more maintaining the status quo and living in greedy greed land – we need your creativity (and yes you do have it!) and we need your ideas to elevate our lives, the world and our species.
OUR WEEKLY CHALLENGE TO CREATE A LIFE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL
This week on the Create a Life that is Beautiful journey we are going to stop thinking and start listening!
Get yourself somewhere each morning or evening in a space where you can be quiet. Get yourself a piece of paper and a pen. Close your eyes and take a breath in for 4 counts and out for 4 counts. Repeat this breath cycle 5 times.
Now place your left hand over your heart and your right hand over your left hand. Feel into your heart space, connect with your heart. Feel your heart beating beneath your palms. Feel into its warmth. Listen.
Ask yourself, without saying anything out loud: How can I serve?
Or use this prayer that I adore from Oprah:
Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.
Listen for the answer that comes from your heart. Write it down. Listen and await your answer patiently. Don’t manipulate the answer with your mind, just write down whatever you hear.
Do this every day this week and see what information you learn!
And if you are interested in taking this further, you are sick of trying the same things and getting the same results and are ready for change and transformation… check out my 1-1 coaching offerings HERE. This is one of my 3 main areas of focus with my clients and together we will get you living in alignment with your highest self and service to the world.
“Everyone has a purpose in life… a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” Deepak Chopra
So… did I mention service matters? Service is KEY to purpose and discovering your calling. You weren’t put on this Earth to hide away and not share your unique and special talents with the rest of us. You are here to contribute and be of service to the world using them!
This is the essential piece to the puzzle. When you start to think of purpose as being bigger than yourself things really start to get cool. What could be your offering or teaching to the world?
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn
The why behind my purpose, is that I truly believe that the more people we have living from a place of love, joy and inspiration and living in alignment with their highest self and purpose, the more evolved, elevated and conscious, peaceful, loving and connected the world would be. That is why I do what I do. Sure, I love learning, talking, discussing, teaching, coaching and embodying personal development and growth – but what drives it all, is my vision, my belief and my mission that all of this will achieve my part to make the world a better place.
And when my fears get in the way, I bring myself back to this because this is my truth.
Check out my earlier post, Know Thyself, for specific questions to ask yourself to discover yours HERE.
Do you know how I know I am living on purpose? Literally, as I wrote this article I had chills going up and down my body. The last 3 days I have spent morning to evening happily working on creating content on this subject. My stomach is in excited knots and my fingers are dancing across the keyboard. I know with every fibre of my being that THIS is what I need to be doing right now. And the universe has a way of sending you signs along the way so that you are on the right path. You just need to open your eyes and ears and listen... see.
I’ll tell you a little story now. Since I was 17 years old and I first learned about the concept of “self-actualisation” (which is a psychological term coined by Maslow as the highest level of development, when a person achieves their full potential) I had chills. I knew there and then that finding my purpose, my highest service to the world, was the path I needed to find.
Somewhere along the way, however, I got a little lost – I was hell bent on proving my worth to the world, that I forgot to check in and ask myself what I really wanted and desired. That was, until my body started to give up . This seemingly terrible event in my life turned out to be one of THE defining moments for me because it sent me on the path to diving deep into the world of self-development and to turning inwards to little old me.
Now we all know where the story ends up, but as an example of how powerful these signs can be I want to share a little more … after I signed up for the Beautiful You Life Coaching course I am currently doing, I was still a little apprehensive – have I made the right choice... and then the day I completed my 3 month life coaching journey with my wonderful coach (yes, because of course coaches have coaches too!) and feeling like I had well & truly arrived in my life, my course materials arrived and then I opened them up to see the very words I had been searching for over these 13 years… “self-actualisation”. This was the foundation of the course I had intuitively been led to and I had had until that point absolutely no idea. This moment was one of the greatest moments in my life.
Because that’s what happens when you are in alignment with your calling. Chills.
Wondering what your purpose is now?
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” – Buddha
Discovering what our purpose or calling is now is your key to fulfilment. It is essential. Unlock the door to fulfilment, by finally stepping up and into your power.
And if you are really ready to get to the bottom of what your purpose might be, to take inspired action to realise your deepest dreams and desires – why not think about working with someone like me through a 1-1 coaching journey. You can find all the details about my coaching offerings HERE.
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I care and I appreciate you.
You are worthy and wonderful, with so much to contribute to the world! We all have unique skills, abilities and interests and I wholeheartedly believe that by embracing those, finding your platform and choosing love, joy and inspiration along the way you make the world a better place. :-)
Lots of love,