If you feel that you’re just another cog in the wheel of the great machine, someone who’s sold their soul to the company store, who’s living day in and day out without thinking you make any real difference, well, you’re not alone. Most people find themselves in jobs which neither fulfill nor excite them. And most of all, they don’t feel that their life has a purpose.

The thing is, everyone (yes even you ;) ) has a unique and special gift to offer the world. And if you can discover this gift — also called your voice, your vision or your purpose — a life of incredible fulfillment, passion and contribution awaits you.

Abraham Maslow called this discovery, ‘Self Actualization’, and very few people ever attain this. So to begin, what is purpose, vision or voice? Well, perhaps I can describe it. Have you ever been inspired by something, perhaps it was a project you were working on, where you were so caught up in it that you lost track of time? And any thought for food, sleep or rest was the last thing on your mind? That was you living your life on purpose.

When you’re living your purpose, you will be making use of your natural gifts and strengths. It will be something that you’re passionate about – something that naturally energizes, excites, motivates and inspires you. Although it lies at the center of these talents and passions, most importantly it is supported by your conscience to fulfill a need in the world. Stephen Covey stated it best:

When you engage in work that taps your talent and fuels your passion — that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet — therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code.

For some people, their purpose seems to suddenly explode upon their consciousness; In an instant, they realize exactly what it is that they have been called to perform here in this life. But for most of us, it doesn’t happen this way. Purpose usually evolves slowly.

In general though, purpose will come to you when you sense a need in the world and respond to it. In the next post, I will explain the steps you can take to prepare yourself to meet that need and ultimately discover your own purpose in life. Stay tuned…

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