Last week you were encouraged to stop procrastinating and start doing things that are in agreement with your purpose. You were reminded that there are people in the world waiting on you to walk in your purpose and use your gifts to help them through their life’s journey.
Some of you may have been thinking “but where to start? What to do? What is my purpose?” Below are 4 steps to help you on your journey of discovering your passion and purpose; and helping you turn that passion and purpose into your profession.
- Write it down and make the vision plain– Write down what you’re great at doing, what you love, what the world needs, and what you are/could get paid to do. (SN: even if you feel like you can’t get paid to do something write it down because you will be surprised what people will pay to not have to do something). Also, write down any ideas or visions you’ve had about your life and what you were born to do. This doesn’t have to be in any order. Just freely write whatever comes to mind, as the next step will be organizing your thoughts.
- Organization – First, in your notebook recreate the circle diagram above. Then, fill in the spaces using the information that you previously wrote about. This will help you organize your ideas and give it a name such as: passion, profession, mission and vocation. The ultimate goal is finding your purpose, which is where your passion, mission, profession and vocation interconnect.
- Make a list and check it twice – After identifying your purpose make a new list with specifics about your purpose such as; the people your purpose will serve, what you would need to live in your purpose, help you may need, etc. This section is about clearing your mind of all that clutter about “I want to do this, this, this and this, and maybe that.” Now, that you’ve identified you purpose you are solely thinking about your specific purpose and what you need to do to get in sync with that purpose.
- Get a Mentor – The last step is to get a mentor. This is an important step because often times once we get fired up about something we can get started. However, when the days, months and years past and we aren’t where we feel we should be or life happens and we are totally overwhelmed and become stagnant, we stay that way until another spark comes to kick us back into high gear. Thus, having a mentor can keep you accountable and help you navigate those bumps in the road that will occur when you bridge your passion and purpose into your profession. If you don’t know of a mentor I encourage you to join a professional business organizations (or two). Professional business organizations are a great resource for finding that person that you connect with and that connects with you and want to sow a seed into your life.
After doing these 4 things you are well on your way to making your Passion and Purpose your Profession. Remember, in everything you do, do it with Passion and Purpose.