Looking at your life through your friend’s or family’s eyes, you seem to be living the dream: you caught the career of a lifetime, and you’re living an adventurous and exotic globally mobile life.
You don’t feel the same way about your life though. You’re actually feeling quite blah!
You’ve lost your interest and aren’t enjoying your career and your adventurous life much anymore. At the end of the day, you don’t have any energy left to enjoy the good stuff in life. You’re now doubting if you did the right thing for yourself (and possibly your family) and have started wondering if you’ll ever have that sense of fulfillment and happiness in your career and life again.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
I’ve met and worked with many women across the globe who feel or have felt the same way. The one thing they all seemed to think in one way or another was that their life didn’t feel meaningful anymore.
When I ask them what living a life on purpose or having a purpose-driven career looks like, they are often at a loss for words. For many of these women, answering the question “What is your purpose?” doesn’t come easily. Too often, they may respond with something akin to a job description, i.e., “I’m here to lead XYZ Organisation through its project launch” or worse, a generalization like, “I want to make the world a better place.”
While both of those statements may be admirable, they do not encompass a personal mission statement. I can hear some of you now, worrying out loud that now you have one more to-do on your ever-expanding list – “FIGURE OUT MY PURPOSE!”
But hear me out. Taking the time to put your life’s purpose into words can work wonders for you! Here’s why.
- Once you know WHAT you want to accomplish in this life and HOW you want to live your life in the way that it makes your heart sing, your decision-making process gets EASIER. Does that new job offer take you closer to living your truth or further from it? Are you passionate about that new volunteer opportunity, or does it make you resentful because it’s taking you away from something more closely aligned with your purpose? See what I mean? A strong sense of your personal mission gives you a clear path to follow going forward.
- When you know who you are and what you’re here for, your creativity and energy will naturally skyrocket. No more muddling through mind-numbing tasks that mean little to you. Instead, you’ll instinctively start finding activities and projects that match your passions! From there, the sky is the limit. You’ll be surprised at the level of success you will find once your purpose aligns with your day-to-day life. It will give you an innate sense of motivation that won’t rely on outside accountability or prodding. You’ll WANT to accomplish everything on your plate because it all serves your purpose.
- Last but not least, finding your purpose and striving to achieve it allows you to finally, unapologetically, let your true self shine! You don’t have to “fake it till you make it” or pretend to be happy when you aren’t because you’ll know deep down you’re living authentically. Things others may want for you, or ask of you, won’t hold much sway unless those things align with what YOU want to fulfill YOUR destiny as YOU have designed it. Isn’t that powerful?
I know trying to put down on paper your life’s mission statement isn’t an easy project, but it will be so worth it to try. The time you spend now will save you countless minutes and wasted energy later and lead you to a more meaningful and passionate life!
As always, I’m here for you. If you need help getting started or want to bounce some ideas off me.