When I first allowed myself to think seriously about living my purpose as a career, I NEVER could have imagined the incredible week I just had.
First, so many of you emailed me after last week's newsletter that you are READY to say YES to yourself and your happiness! Then, I facilitated a Purpose workshop through the Wounded Warrior Project for 25 strong, humble vets who were hurt in the military and yearn to be back in service. I then hosted my very FIRST solo radio show and finally, I finished the week teaching Purpose all day in the Certificate of
Applied Positive Psychology program. WHEW… Needless to say, it has been a purpose-FULL week!
One theme stands out: YOU are in control of your own life. You. No matter your age or stage of life, or what trauma you have experienced, you can take control back and live on purpose from this day forward.
When I began the workshop with wounded soldiers, one man shared, “I knew who I was as the sergeant – I brought my men home. But now…,” he shook his head as tears welled in his eyes, “I can't go back. My purpose is over.”
I heard the same thing from a coaching client last week who is a mom with growing children. She feels useless. Without kids who depend on her every need, who is she now?
She is not only a mom and the soldier is not only a sergeant. Both are purposeful humans beyond their previously defined roles. They both can live their purpose in new meaningful ways. For example, another soldier said that his bullet proof vest and gun made him strong. As I got to know him, I pointed out that it was his heart that made him strong. He LOVED his unit and he carries his purpose to love and lead wherever he goes. This made him cry as he shared his dreams of teaching kids.
See, purpose is not a noun like “parent” or “VP.” Purpose is a verb. It is the active way in which you impact the world. It is who you are. The integration of your strengths, values, passions and the wisdom you've garnered from your experiences. And when you know who you are, you can intentionally contribute your unique impact in EVERY role you play. You carry that impact with you as life evolves.
So how are you reducing your whole life to one noun? What is your true purpose that you can recreate into new purposeful action?
I taped this video to help you determine YOUR purpose and next steps in life.
Years ago, I thought my purpose was to be a wife. When I divorced, I began to see that it was the way inspire others that is my true purpose regardless of the role I play. Today, though I am a writer, speaker, coach, and media personality, my purpose to inspire, encourage and empower is the same.
You too can have a new role and live on purpose. You too can take control back of your life, regardless of age or stage or trauma. In fact, your age, stage or recent traumatic event could shape what is next for you. Let yourself feel fulfilled. Let yourself be happy. You deserve it! So what are you waiting for? I offer free 30 minute consultations about your purpose… so what are you waiting for? Email me!
I believe in you!!!