Inspiration + Information + Action = Transformation
The nit-picker in me really wants to make up a word and add “ation” to the end of action just so the equation flows… ha! Inspiration + Information + Actionation – Transformation. Just me?… ok.
If you are starting here and haven’t read Your Purpose: Part One and Part Two, I encourage you to read them first and find your way back after you’ve read them. Each part of the series holds important details and steps to this process.
In part one, we covered the “why”. – Inspiration
In part two, we covered the “what”. – Information
In the third and final part of this series we are going to cover the “how” – Action
Follow this process and you will be sure to see a transformation in your life.
Let’s get to work!
Now that we understand that discovering your individual life purpose has the ability to completely change your life, that it’s not to be confused with passion, and that it is the overall guiding factor in our lives, I think it’s time to to dive into the actual work.
Remember, this isn’t an overnight process. This isn’t something that is just going to click after you read through this and you’ll immediately have an answer. It’s going to take time, patience and work but it will honestly be one of the most important discoveries of your life.
Step 1: Vision
Stop focusing on the now and think about the bigger picture. Imagine yourself 50 years from now or better yet, having a conversation at the end of your life; what do you imagine will still be important to you? How will you have hoped you contributed to the world. What do you want your legacy to be?
Step 2: Investigate
Think about your mentors and the people that you admire. Talk to them, study them, try to understand them.Chances are if there is someone you are looking up to and want to be more like them, their life purpose may have similarities to yours. Find out what their values are and what they still feel is important after a lifetime of reflection. Talk to them about their greatest joys and their biggest regrets.
Then, read and explore works from the greatest philosophers and spend time examining the fundamentals of your faith.
These things will help you gain better perspective and insight for yourself.
Step 3: Self Reflection
I am going to provide a list of questions to reflect on. Take the time to think them over, write them out and read through them.
What are you chasing – passion or purpose?
Think about the things you are passionate about, what are the cognitive principles behind them?
What drives you? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Are you trying to be yourself, or are you trying to mimic someone else?
What is your definition of success?
Who did your childhood self think you would be today? and would your childhood self like who you turned out to be?
What are you willing to die for?
How big of a risk are you willing to take?
What are your spiritual gifts?
When you look at the world, what are the things breaking your heart? These are the things that you might find yourself in tears over or going on rants about.
What life experiences have you had that have had the biggest impact on shaping the person you are today?
What inspires you?
If you’ve had moments in your life where you’ve felt fulfillment and meaning, what were you doing?
What areas of your life have you felt Jesus really pulling at your heart?
Step 4: Prayer
This is the most important step of all. Pray that god continues to guide you and to open your eyes to what you’ve been called to do.
When you pray, open your heart and your mind and listen earnestly to what he is saying to you.
Personal Purpose Statement
After you have gone through these steps and had time to reflect on the common themes to your answers and what you feel like God is telling you, you will start to get an idea of what your individual life purpose is.
Once you get a grasp on it, I want to encourage you to write out a personal purpose statement. You will see how this flows into every area of your life and it will become your compass for all choices and decisions.
To give you an idea of a personal purpose statement, I will share mine:
To live a life so that I may be a beacon for Jesus. Encouraging others to discover their faith, true worth and their potential so they can live a meaningful, unhindered, awe-inspiring life.
What’s your legacy going to be, my friends?
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