It’s an awesome, overwhelmingly, amazing feeling to know and wholeheartedly walk in YOUR purpose. To be honest I didn’t always know my purpose. I went through many phases of thinking I knew what my purpose was or calling something I’m really good at my purpose because other people told me it was.
As humans, we are always evolving and learning who we are as individuals. Before you can walk in your purpose, I believe it’s important to know who you are and be 100% unapologetic about it. There was a period in my life where I was lost, hurt, unsure of my future, and played the comparison game which does nothing but leave you feeling envious, inadequate, and simply not good enough.
I literally asked God, “What on earth am I here for? God, why did you give me all these supporters? How can I genuinely, authentically reach them?”. I began to do some research on “finding your purpose” (sometimes you have to put in work while you wait on God to answer) and with prayer and meditation, I now have a concrete idea of what my purpose is.
What helped you discover your purpose Lo?
After doing research, answering these questions thoroughly helped me discover my purpose. I encourage you to grab a pen and journal and answer these questions:
1. What drives me?
Think about that thing that excites you the most, that makes you forget about time. That thing that if you weren’t getting paid you would still do it.
2. What energizes you?
That thing that actually gets you out of the bed morning or makes you stay up all night because you’re fully immersed. It pushes you to action. That thing that keeps you going that you may even forget to eat.
3. What am I willing to sacrifice?
Think about what you may have to give up (temporarily or permanently) to walk in your purpose: sleep at night, moving away from family and friends, social life, financial security, etc. What’s that thing you’re willing to take a risk for?
4. Who do I want to help? Knowing who your audience is.
The reality is we can't help the entire world, neither is our gift for everyone. Think about who you want to help and have a demographic in mind (class, age, race, location, sex, interests, etc.)
5. What’s my story?
Everyone has a story. It’s so important that you know your story and how to tell it. People connect to people.
6. If I had a mentor at the beginning of my career, what would I want them to tell/teach me?
If your purpose like mine (in the helping others department), it’s important to tell others what you didn’t know or have help with on your journey. Share your experiences. Once again, people connect with people and love authenticity.