Third,  to be sure that calling is from God, by relying upon prayer, the guidance of the Bible, the counsel of friends, the encouragement of the community and the existence of an open door opportunity. So let me ask you this: What is your purpose? In his book Soul Keeping, author John Ortberg defines the soul as that aspect of your whole being that correlates, integrates and enlivens everything else. They become a hiccup along the road, rather than an insurmountable obstacle. In the book, “Exploring New England's Spiritual Heritage“, author Garth Rosell describes how the Puritans were encouraged to identify their purpose in life with much prayer and reflection, to take into account their natural gifts and inclinations, to seek the advice and confirmation their friends and family, and to consider the practical needs of the community in which they lived. Knowing your life purpose will unlock within you your true potential, your soul gifts which some would call your natural talents. To truly connect with and care for your soul, you must connect with your inner self, and ask yourself this one question: “What aspect of my life can I change today that will allow me to care for my soul so that I can identify and achieve that purpose?”. …to the glory of God. Hence one of the side effects of knowing and aligning your work with your life's purpose is an overall improvement in ALL your relationships particularly the intimate ones as you will be bringing your authentic whole self into each relationship. It stirred up a lot of emotion for me. Your email address will not be published. Ever wonder, “Why is finding your purpose so important?” It seems like it requires a lot of effort (all that personal development work ), time (all those hours spent doing that personal development work), and even money (you probably pay someone to guide you in your work). Meaning: Finding your life purpose creates a sense of meaning in your life. Here is the link:, If you would like my help in doing in figuring out your life purpose, you could book a no obligation strategy session with me at:, Another side effect of knowing your life purpose is that your health is likely to improve and you will feel energised and passionate when you find and start to, your life’s purpose. The real you brother. Great article Ben. Your spirit. When we meet our “people,” we feel like we are home: relaxed and at ease, able to truly be ourselves. Then a paragraph. Why we do what we do. Required fields are marked *. Numerous people want to know their life’s purpose. Great post Ben, i really appreciated everything you wrote. There's absolutely nothing to be ashamed about if work comes easy to you. If you're a bit foggy about what you were actually like and what you enjoyed to do when you were a little boy or a little girl, then, if your parents or relatives who were close to you at that time are still alive, invite those folks out to dinner or a coffee. New York, NY: Harper & Row. This might mean staying in bed an extra ten minutes to gratitude journal, ditching the evening Netflix show to hang out instead with the family, or taking a weekend rest day to go and volunteer at the homeless shelter rather than going on a 2-hour bike ride or doing back-to-back workouts. Learn to identify the resistance to living your purpose, embrace the resistance as a sign that you're engaged in something impactful, then press on (and definitely read Steven's book Do The Work!). I now realise that this was a message from my soul that I was fighting and ignoring the calls of my soul to steer me towards my life purpose. Fall in love with yaself girl or no one else will…or if they do you won’t believe they do coz ya don’t love yaself!” My husband loved me for decades before I could believe he did. Have you ever experienced such synchronicities or coincidences in your lifetime? When it does, and when it feels like play, that's another sign you're living out your true purpose. Beyond religious connotations, a life purpose is simply your life’s message. Start typing to see results or hit ESC to close, Leadership at the Heart of the African Sustainable Development Agenda. As they become clear on their why, they become energized and passionate about the work they are doing, and what needs to be done to get their business back on track with their long term vision and purpose in mind. Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. You may have been criticised for your soul gifts in the past and hence do not view them as gifts or talents at all. So, is it worth it? Hey Simon, I forgot to say Im also from OZ – Sunny Coast. First, to serve the public good and to seek one another's welfare. Work can just flow from you. I help women step into their personal power and gain control of their life. Ayahasca? My only comment is when you reference the “traditional Puritanical work ethic philosophy that a day of work needs to be a day of drudge, drenched in blood, sweat, and tears.” Actually, reading 17th century Puritan writing you will find a similar plan and pathway to finding our purpose or “calling” that you outline here. It is saying a lot coming from a natural people pleaser. In contrast with simple day-to-day objectives, such as getting dinner on the table or driving to work, purpose is “more stable and far-reaching” (p. 121).