What is your purpose?

What is your purpose? What gets you going and keeps you going through long hours and sacrifice? This question has been on my mind and on my heart for the last couple months. As I talk to colleagues, clients and friends I keep hearing the same message, we are struggling to get motivated, stay motivated. Life feels mundane, energy is in low supply, over dosing and suicides seem to be a weekly occurrence. It is everywhere, in every age group and occupation. Kids are discouraged, parents are out of energy, employees are disengaged, and those that are retired, both civilians and soldiers, feel they are without a mission. In other words, many feel they are not needed and have no great purpose.
If we are all looking for a purpose, how do we define our purpose? How do we define ourselves? Are we just someone’s child, parent, spouse, employee, or employer? We all have many roles, we are not just not the sum of our roles. We all have a higher calling, a reason for being on this planet. What is it? It is more than the job we work at, the people we live with or the posts we make on social media.
As a child, I grew up with a very large extended family. I have many aunts, uncles, cousins that I grew up visiting on a regular basis and even lived with at some point. I have always been connected, loved and guided. I’ve been expected to be respectful, responsible and model for younger cousins and siblings. When I have failed at being a good role model, I have pushed myself to get up and keep trying to improve, because I know I have brothers, a sister and many cousins watching me. Giving up has never been an option for me, because I know they were depending on me to show them the way. My point is, I have always been needed, I have always had a purpose – to show others how to persevere and provide tools and connections to them to keep going toward goals. When I fought, and rebelled against it, I have been dissatisfied and felt lost. When I work with it, doors open and miracles happen.
For many employees, the goal was to work for 30 years and retire and then start living the good life off the pension they earned. Now people are saying they must work until they die because pensions are gone and they didn’t save enough. So what is your purpose? I promise you it is not to work until you die. There is so much more to this life than working and making just enough to get by. You are so much more than the job you do, you are needed and you have a great purpose. If you are struggling finding your purpose, start looking for inspirational books and videos. Lisa Nichols, Michael Bernard Beckwith, John Maxwell and Bob Proctor are all fantastic.

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