I know I have. And despite my best efforts, I’ve never felt entirely clear about my purpose or how to fulfill it. (And I write, speak and coach about purpose often.)
I’ve often thought my purpose was to write and, in the process, inspire my readers and transform their lives. But that seemed trite. It never felt right, even though I sometimes feel I fulfill it.
This past weekend, however, I found my purpose—and yours. And I now know how we can, indeed, fulfill them.
Oh, the Places You Go and the People You Meet
Last weekend I spoke at a writer’s conference in Los Angeles focused on fiction writing, even though this is not my specialty. I’m a nonfiction writing and publishing expert, but I offered two sessions pertinent to writers in any genre. One was inspirational and the other business oriented.
During the business-oriented program, I noticed a man sitting near the front of the room. He seemed quite interested in what I was saying, and he had what I call “good energy.” I felt great every time I looked at him.
After the talk, he came up to speak to me and told me how much he had enjoyed my presentation. He then asked if I would like a copy of his book.
Attendees at my talks often give me books, which I then have to lug home in my bag. I don’t end up having the time or interest to read many of them, so I’m typically cautious about saying yes to such an offer.
However, I looked at the title of this one…and made him wait while I also read the subtitle…and I agreed. I wasn’t sure exactly why…other than that the subject—purpose—interested me.
The book was called You are the Answer: Discovering and Fulfilling Your Soul’s Purpose by Michael J. Tamura.
The author took the time to sign the book for me, but I didn’t look at the inscription or book closely until I returned home. Then, I opened it and found a personal message to me.
I began to read.
And I got out a highlighter.
I continued reading and highlighting…
With my busy schedule, it takes a lot to interest me in a book. I probably have five books started and not finished at any given time. But I was a third of the way through the book after two short reading stints…and I can’t wait to continue reading.
This post is not a book review, although I highly recommend you purchase a copy of You are the Answer! I want to share what I learned in its first few pages.
Stop Searching for Your Purpose
In the first chapter of You Are the Answer, Michael wrote something that blew me away.
We all have the same purpose for being here: to realize, through fully incarnating as a being, all that is God.
Additionally, he explained:
This is the journey of the soul we call Life. To be who we are, to have all that is within us and to fully express our divine heritage—that is the purpose for living and the destination of our journey.
I had to stop and reread those statements several times. Then I got it.
Just Become Your Best Self
We have all been searching for some grand purpose for our lives. And we can stop searching right now.
My purpose…your purpose…is simple. Be your best self.
That’s it. Be the fullest expression of you possible.
Fulfill your human and spiritual potential to the best of your ability.
Sounds simple enough. I know it’s not.
But, damn, if that definition of purpose didn’t stop me in my tracks.
Knowing that I was born to be myself and to express that authentic self to the best of my ability in the time I have on Earth allows me to focus on achieving that goal—not on searching for what the heck I’m meant to do in this lifetime.
While You are Here…
As for the stuff you do while you are a spiritual being in a physical body—a human on the earth plane… I write, speak and coach. Maybe you help small businesses with their financial accounting, or you work as a CEO, a pro football player, or a stay-at-home mom.
Those jobs, careers, labels, activities do not represent your purpose. They are an expression of who you are and what you do in your human body.
They are part of how you express your best self—through your talents, passions, and skills. You can make the most of them, but they aren’t why you are here.
Your life is about expressing yourself as fully as possible.
Inspired to be Me
I don’t know about you, but this new understanding of purpose inspired me…and gave me the freedom..to be myself. That was exciting in and of itself!
Of course, I’m passionate about personal development. I want to find ways to become my best self, and I want to help others do the same.
To know I can fulfill my purpose by continuing to work on my personal growth in after to be the best version of me allows me to stop worrying about finding my purpose—and to live that purpose instead.
And if I can help a few others do the same along the way, that’s even better.
Do you agree with the definition of purpose I shared in this blog post?
Are you tired of trying to become your best self?
Do you feel as if you never quite measure up…even to your own standards or expectation?
Do you sense that you are wandering through life without a sense of purpose or direction?
Give me just one hour of your time…
I promise you’ll come away with new strategies to help you get in the game, strategies you can implement immediately so you begin doing rather than waiting for the results you want so badly.
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It’s your time…to achieve your goals, become your best self, and live your dream.