Has anyone asked you this question, lately? What’s your purpose?
Probably not. It’s a question that can make a person uncomfortable.
They may even avoid the question or divert from it.
And in normal conversation, it generally is not asked.
So if you were to be asked, what would you say?
Would it refer to your business and what you want to build, to achieve?
Or, would it refer to your career and what you want to aspire to?
Perhaps, it would refer to the type of human being you want to be – loving, honest, a person of integrity, an academic, a leader, a teacher/mentor, etc.
How about your personal family life, as a wife, mother, grandmother etc.
Would it be more holistic and refer to something you strongly believe in. Perhaps climate change, or saving the earth, or mentoring.
Or would it refer to all of the above?
I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best. “ The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
So do you have a purpose that you live by every day? One that is useful, honourable and compassionate. One that fits both your personal and business life?
Having a purpose keeps you on track to make a difference.
It does not have to be a big difference but one in which you can look back and say to yourself, “Yes, I have lived my life and I have lived it well.”
And remember the only person who can make that judgment is you, no one else. It is your yardstick that you measure it with.
So if someone comes up to you today and asks you “What is your purpose in life” are you prepared to answer?
Or will you have a difficult time finding the right words?
Perhaps now is the time to really know your purpose.
I would love to talk to you about it and how knowing your purpose is going to benefit all facets of your life.