Knowing your life purpose is crucial for your leadership. Leaders who have found and follow their life purpose are more driven, have a clear vision of the future, and maximize their leadership role. Your life purpose really does matter in your leadership. I’ve found one method especially helpful when it comes to discovering your life purpose.
Before I share the method you need to know everyone has a reason for living here on earth during this exact time in history. You were not created by accident. William Barclay said, “There are two great days in a person’s life- the day we are born and the day we discover why.” The reason why you were born is your life purpose. It’s the thing you have been called to do during your time on earth.
When I was 19 years old a good friend and myself where on a 3 hour trip from Portland Oregon to Seattle Washington. During the trip my friend put on a John Maxwell leadership CD. It was the first time I had listened to John Maxwell or a teaching on the topic of leadership. This one CD had a significant impact on my life and future.
It revealed a passion for leadership. I started to learn everything I could on the topic of leadership. For the next several years a couple different people came into my life to mentor me. They each provided me with leadership training and hands on experience. These two main situations (over several years) helped pointed me toward my life purpose. I discovered my life purpose has everything to do with leadership. Specifically, to equip the next generation of leaders so they will effectively influence those around them.
In most situations I’ve found discovering your life purpose does not happen in an “aha” moment. It’s a process that takes time. An efficient way to begin to discover or clarify your life purpose is to reflect on your past and current activities. The goal in doing this is to identify the themes in your life that are directing you toward your life purpose. Here are a few examples of themes that might have been in your life:
• Being drawn to or always doing a certain type of job
• A recurring passion that pulls at your heart strings
• Different people telling you (Throughout your life) that they see you’re strong or good at a skill or task
• Always being naturally skilled in a certain area
• A strong desire and enjoyment for a certain topic or field
• An encounter or experience (like my experience with listening to the John Maxwell CD) that draws you toward a specific topic or direction
Take time to reflect on your own major life themes. I believe as you do, it will reveal clues to help you identify your life purpose.
Questions: If you already know your life purpose how did you discover it? If not what methods are you using to discover your life purpose?
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