10 Tips to Discover and Live Your Life Purpose

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One of the primary questions I get asked as a professional intuitive is,

“What is my purpose?”

What people really want to know is what career would I most enjoy and make use of my talents. What I’ve found from doing many hundreds of readings over the last 12 years, is that your purpose is never a surprise. The clues are to be found in the life you’ve been living.

1. What you love to do

You’ve likely heard this many times before, but your purpose involves what you love doing. I have a friend who is a teacher. Right now she is a stay-at-home mom, but one day she will return to teaching. Every time I see her in front of a group of kids, her face lights up, her voice is encouraging and inspiring, and it makes me want to be a kid again and be one of her students.

 

2. What comes to you naturally

Don’t take this to mean you may not need to develop your skills. You don’t need to be a genius or superstar, but you will find that your purpose includes doing those things that you don’t have to force yourself to do. A former client was an English professor who also did her own writing.

After her reading with me she submitted her writing and was published. Did this take time and effort? Of course it did, but she persevered because she loved writing and it was something she was doing even if she didn’t get paid for it.

 

3. Look for clues in your current job

I’ve had many clients who during a reading with me, discover that their talents and skills are bigger than their current job allows them to express. What I help them do is discover the skills and talents they are longing to express more.

For instance, another client owned a business in which she provided personal services to her clients. She discovered that what she really loved was the business side of growing her business, expanding it, and creating new visions and ideas she could act on.

 

4. The painful times in your life

Every one of my clients has reached a stage in his or her life where they can see the challenges they’ve overcome and the benefits to be gained from it. Your challenges are gifts themselves. One of my clients had a severely abusive childhood. She is also one of the most compassionate, kind, loving, and spiritual people I have ever met. She uses these gifts in her sensitive work with her coaching clients who may have come from similar backgrounds.

 

5. Listen to your heart

I know listening to our heart can be scary. There are no guarantees in life. However, I have consistently learned that when I don’t follow my heart, I have regrets. Our heart is connected to our soul and to our purpose. Our heart tells us the truth and what truly matters. If I hadn’t listened to my heart 16 years ago, I wouldn’t be doing what I am today.

 

6. Make your ideas practical and doable

A lot of us get caught in the idea phase, I know I do. It’s safe here. However, the way to make your purpose come alive is to take one small step at a time. Before I opened my Intuitive Readings, (then Angel Readings) practice, I worried and doubted myself for 4 months. I had just moved to a new town where I didn’t know anyone. I gave myself a deadline to start in Jan. of the new year.

 

7. Taking even 1 step is better than hours of worry

Once I had a deadline, I began creating a website, brochures, business cards, and flyers. I took several cards and flyers and distributed them to many salons, bookstores, and natural food stores in my area. I placed an ad in a local holistic directory for Jan. and applied for a business license.

All of my worries and fears could not even compete with the joy of doing readings for my first paying client who called me from my ad and for the writing client I mentioned earlier who had found my card at her local bookstore.

 

8. Write down your goals, dreams and your fears

I’ve found that getting my ideas and my fears out of my head and onto paper helps me gain clarity and better focus. Studies have even shown that we are more likely to commit to a goal if we write it down.

Also, our fears tend to feel less overwhelming when we get them out of our head. Whether we write them down, share them with someone else, or simply have an inner dialogue with ourselves, listening to the part of ourselves that feels afraid and vulnerable is calming. When we listen to this part of us, we feel heard and our fear doesn’t have to take center stage. Our compassion and wise inner self can reassure and soothe the parts that are afraid.

 

9. Ask for help

By help I mean both physical, emotional, and spiritual. Ask for help from friends, family, or another professional or a consultant. Also remember to ask for help from your spiritual support team of guides and angels. The universe works with you once you decide. When you decide to make you and your goals a priority, universal forces gather to join you.

 

10. Remind yourself often that what you do matters

Our inner critic can be very seductive. It likes to tell us that so many other people do what we do. The real truth is that we are given the impetus and desire for our purpose by our own soul.

On a deeper level we know that we came into this life to help others with our gifts. I still remember those many teachers who encouraged me and gave me hope that I could go to college when I came from a family that discouraged it. Believing in yourself and in your purpose matters.

Your unique gifts are needed to inspire, heal, teach, uplift, calm, beautify, lead, and so on.

 

Please take some time this week to reflect on your purpose and your gifts.

Listen to the quiet whispers of your heart and give voice to your own truth.

Don’t let doubt or past hurts stop you from knowing that your unique contributions on this planet are an important part of what you came here to do. Then take 1 small step toward your goals and make yourself and your dreams a priority.

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10 Tips to Discover and Live Your Life Purpose — 8 Comments

  1. You are such an excellent writer. All of these steps you’ve listed are practical and doable. Thank you for your guidance and making this process easier
    to understand.

  2. Jeannette: This is a wonderful posting. You have suggested SO many excellent ways to find one’s purpose. I especially appreciate the one about listening to one’s heart. The heart knows…doesn’t it! And also the one on “what comes naturally”. So often we can’t always see our “natural” gifts. I know a lady who changed careers a few years back and this list would have been SO helpful to her in the process. Thanks again for this blog post.

    • Yes, the heart does know even if the mind can’t see how. Our gifts sometimes aren’t obvious to us because they seem so natural to do.

  3. Great post Jeanette, I love how you break it down so we at least can try out one of them to find what resonates. I have also realized that purpose is really not separate from who we are and even though the seeming 2 are really 1, it’s all the beliefs we’ve accumulated over lifetimes that makes us do things that are not our life purpose.
    It took me many years to have landed in DivineFeminineFlow because I was afraid to own such a big statement. Why? Because that doesn’t seem what the world is all about and it felt scary to be different.
    I still feel a little shy to shine my Light out there, but it’s getting more and more fun as I let my True Purpose shine through all the identities that tried to fit in.
    And I agree with statement #5 Listen to your Heart. Turns out that’s where we’ll find all the ‘goodies’ that lead our way into what we came here for.
    Blessings to you for sharing this so clearly!

    • Thanks Pernilla, I’m so glad you’re letting your Light shine, even though I know firsthand it isn’t always easy to do. It’s good to be different, the world needs us to be ourselves. Everyone being the same is boring anyway!

  4. I’ve struggled with finding the answer to “what should I do with my life?” well into my 40s, but at 47, I’m finally a path that feels right to me. For me, I had to change my internal dialog about who I was before I could see accurately what my own gifts really are. My biggest gifts aren’t the things that are easy or come naturally and sharing them is hard because I have to confront my own junk in order to do so. But it is so worth it when you see the impact on others when you do.

    I love your advice, Jeannette, to take even 1 step, rather than stay stuck in worry. Often, it’s only by trying something that we discover we don’t like it, and get insight into what we might enjoy instead.

    • Thanks Lesa. I struggled for many years in my 20s and it became my passion to study psychology, the healing arts, and philosophies such as numerology to help people better understand their gifts as well as how to overcome challenges such as childhood parenting or programming that has affected their confidence, self-esteem, and sense of well-being. I agree about the sharing part, this is something I continue to work on as well as do most of my clients. It’s especially challenging when we are doing something nontraditional. I’m so glad you’re sharing what you do because it’s allowing people like me to better able to understand how to reach people. You’re a great teacher and I’m grateful for you.

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