I knew I hated working for others, preferred to work from home, wanted to be in an urban environment, enjoyed working one-on-one with clients and wanted to focus on making a real impact on their lives. The data gave me a point of origin, but there was still more work to be done.
3. Risk Nothing, Gain Nothing
Once I had some data, I knew I had to get out there and see what helping others achieve success might look like. I tried it all, from working with kids at non-profits to taking a job as a Director of Operations at a socially conscious start-up. I even started amassing various certifications in yoga, Reiki, and success coaching. These were all calculated risks. My goal was to gain more clarity about the unknown factors that could derail me that I had not yet encountered through my lived experiences. I put my time, energy and resources on the line to gain more clarity about my purpose.
“Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” — David Lloyd George
Endeavoring to unearth your purpose is not easy. It requires a willingness to take risks in order to collect more data. The more data you have the easier it will be for you to hone in on your true purpose. Once you connect with your intuition and embrace the known, its time to tackle the unknown by taking calculated risks.
Ultimately, these calculated risks lead me to realize my zone of genius: helping individuals 1-on-1 create a strategy to pursue and achieve success on their own terms.
Take The Leap. Experiencing clarity of purpose is like realizing you are standing on the edge of a cliff about to jump into the sea. It’s scary and exhilarating. Once I realized what I was put on this earth to do, I had to choose to do it. I had to brave enough to take the leap into the coaching world without any reservation.
4. Taking the leap
is not something you can’t skip over or avoid, and will be different for each individual. It is an inevitable part of pursuing your purpose once you have unearthed it. Taking the leap is as scary and exhilarating as jumping off a cliff, the only difference is that when you take the leap to pursue your purpose you are actively and intentionally re-establishing control over the direction of your life.
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Everything in life is a choice. You can choose to live a life that travels a well-worn path even if you don’t enjoy it, or you can also choose to clear-cut your own path armed with sharpened clarity of purpose.
If you choose the latter listening to your intuition, embracing the known, engaging in calculated risks and taking the leap will help you unearth and pursue your purpose with confidence.
Life is what you make it, there’s no benchmark or a defined way to ‘LIVE’ it.
Everyone’s journey is different. Everyone’s pace is different. Most importantly, everyone’s true purpose is different.
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