Why live in limbo and without purpose when all you have to do is take a moment, gather your thoughts, be inspired to start to bring your purposeful self forward—the confident, the intelligent, the honest, creative, diligent you forward. You’ve been holding back for too long, and God gave you a gift for helping people.
Remember what Tyler Perry stated in his 2019 BET Speech:
“Every dreamer in this room: there are people whose lives are tied into your dream. Own your stuff, own your business, own your way.”
You have people connected to your passion. People that you have not met yet. You might have doubts now, but please release those doubts to change lives and be changed in the process. There is nothing wrong with a life assessment when things aren’t right. Instead of living in limbo, live in confidence. Live on purpose. Live Intentionally.
How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? What is the first thing that pops up in your head? Do you thank God for allowing you to experience another day? Some of us consciously don’t even think about it because we indulge in today’s world. We press snooze on our alarm o’clock, trying to get a couple of more minutes of sleep before we jump in the shower before we get dressed for work. Subconsciously, we believe he, up there, knows how thankful we are, but sometimes the words escape us because now we are late for work. We don’t have time, but it only takes a second to stop, breathe, and give thanks. But we are too wrapped up in society to take a moment.
We are like that with every aspect of our lives. We don’t stop and breathe, and we don’t take the time to figure out our purpose appropriately. Some of us believe we will stumble into it with the choices and experiences we go through. Are you sick and tired of being hungry, hungry for something more? You have these cravings that need feeding, but you’re broke. I’ve been through this multiple times. These cravings seem not to want to go away. I am unsatisfied. That’s your inner self telling you shit needs to change. It is growth. Your regular meal is no longer satisfying because your appetite changed‒You are no longer the same person. Life is about feeding your appetite until you are full and aware of what’s good for you and what’s not. Sometimes you overeat and get sick. Sometimes you don’t eat enough. You are nibbling on snacks. You don’t know what you want to eat because you don’t know who you are.
The definition of life purpose that I like is from Forbes, in the article, Three Simple Steps to Identify Your Life Purpose and Leverage It in Your Career:
“Your life purpose is one unifying theme or idea that exemplifies your key goals in life, a theme that has been evident almost from the beginning of your life. It’s the specific way in which you engage with life that makes use of all that you are and draws on your unique experiences, talents, abilities, and interests in a way that helps you achieve your highest goals while being of service to others.”
But how do you figure out that theme? Being intentional with the work you choose to do to acquire the skills you need will aid you in achieving your goals and discovering who you are. It will provide you with the answers to the questions: What do you want? What’s your interest? Are you satisfied with the work you do? Do you feel like your workplace is not the place for you? What are your key goals in life? What do you value? How do you want to be in service to others? Are you going for a quick meal, the fast-food combo meal that provides a slow death? Is the work you do correctly proportioned with your goals and values?
Why stumble into or be afraid to disappoint your parents because they want you to follow in their footsteps. Be brave and walk the path to find your way to your passion and purpose. Start with a simple google search of all the jobs related to what you love to do? It is like seeing all the synonyms associated with one word.
Living with purpose is recognizing your issues. Sometimes it’s our actions, stubbornness, and way of thinking that holds us back. We want what we want when we want it. So, we make choices without thinking about the consequences that follow. We take the long bumpy roads because we still have to learn. That long bumpy road is the path to self-discovery. You must figure out what you don’t like to find what you love. So, trust the process and be more vigilant with yourself.
I’ve spent years working temporary jobs, acquiring skills that had nothing to do with my passion and purpose. If I had done the work and been more intentional with my work experience, I would be further in my career. When I finally did my google search of jobs related to writing, I found a list of twenty-four jobs related to that field that I could and still can explore.
Living with purpose is living intentionally. You are reaching a point in your life when your outlook on life is different from before. It is something you will experience multiple times in your life because growth is never-ending.