Now for the fun part, beginning this amazing and exciting journey.
Here are the 10 ways to turn your purpose into reality, in fact, this is exactly how I am now living my purpose.
1. Be Specific
This is not the time to be woolly about your purpose, your life mission. You should be able to write your purpose down in a few sentences, to be able to articulate it to someone else.
For instance, your purpose could be to “help others find lasting love by sharing my gift as a healer and teacher of manifestation”.
2. Start with the end in mind
You cannot begin your journey if you do not know where you’re going. So you now have your Life Mission Statement, that is your purpose, written down; you now need to have a map as to how you intend to get there, and what ‘there’ will look like. See here for How To Create Your Soulful Personal Development Plan
3. Break it down into small chunks
Creating a map allows you to break down your purpose into manageable small chunks. It gives you actionable goals and keeps you motivated when you achieve each step. It shows you where you are and where step next you need to take or adjust.
4. Visualise it
Create your Soulful Personal Development Plan. I also love to create mood boards, which provides me with a visual representation of my purpose. By being able to see your purpose daily, you continue to connect to it and before you know it, your subconscious begins to utilise its power to manifest it.
5. Action it
Research your purpose, don’t presume you have no learning to do to start. Research those who have done something similar, perhaps you can get inspiration from them on how to start. Before starting my blog I knew nothing about running a blog, I read a lot and asked even more questions. Reach out to anyone you know and even don’t yet know- via social media and gather information.
6. Acquire new skills and Knowledge
It may be that your purpose involves starting a new business and as such there may be a need to acquire new skills. There may be a need to get out of your comfort zone. I had to learn about social media, I had to learn to get comfortable with sharing my thoughts, showing vulnerability, and being ok with some people not connecting to it.
I have studied aspects of business, finance, and branding in order to make my purpose a reality. And no you do not need to spend loads of money or years doing this learning, I bought a few books and completed some online courses. Work with your budget and spend only the necessary time you need, do not use this as an excuse to not get started.
7. Choose a Role Model
Choose a role model now and later a mentor, both I believe are necessary. A role model shows you just how the person who has achieved part if not all you wish to did it. Now it’s not for you to try to be them but rather to learn from their mistakes. Yes you heard me, I study inspirational women like Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, and JK Rowling not only to see how they did it but how they dealt with failures. Because you must expect failures, as these will teach you how to do it better on your next try.
You do not need to wait to have a role model who you have physical access to, if you can better, if not choose someone in the public eye who appears to model the values you live by and has achieved something that either is in direct relation to your purpose or aids towards your personal growth. Your role model can even be someone no longer alive- read about their work, study them, and take the information you need to go after your purpose with hunger.
8. Ignore the Naysayers
It’s inevitable there will be someone who thinks you’re crazy for pursuing your purpose. Because that’s just it when you live in purpose you will not look like everybody else. You need to get comfortable in this space and remember that often those who don’t believe in you are envious of the fact you have been able to take a leap that they were too afraid to take. So build an extremely thick skin and even thicker faith in God and yourself.
9. Stop Waiting for the Perfect time
Trust me, it doesn’t exist; the perfect time. Something, be it life, be it your mind will come up to try to distract you off course. Your job is to start and trust that the obstacles will be dealt with along the way.
10. Have faith and Be patient
Remember that you will not get to the end result tomorrow. Focus on the moment, on enjoying the process. In addition, focus on your growth during this and keep motivated by remembering your ‘why’. The question you have to ask is if I never got rich from this would I still dedicate my life to living this purpose? if the answer is no then this isn’t your purpose or you haven’t found a good enough ‘why’.
I realised the other day when I was working on my book that I would still share my gift of being a storyteller regardless if it only helped 1 person or 1 million. It feeds my soul, I know I do it not just for the opportunity to be extremely successful at it but to use it as a vehicle of being a healer, of inspiring others to live their most abundant and truest expression of themselves.
You also need to have faith that whilst it is not your main reason for pursuing your purpose; by helping others through sharing your gift that the by-product will be a success.
Now it’s time to start and shut off the excuses your mind finds. So examine your purpose ensuring it is rooted in your calling and using your talent to make the world a better place. Then work through the 10 steps above, take your time, these steps may take months and that’s ok. And always remember to believe in yourself and trust the process.
I truly hope that this helps you start or continue building your purpose and sharing your talent with the world. If you need help staying focused then read these 6 Ways to Stay Focused in a Distracted World
I would love to hear how you started making your purpose a reality!