While I have always had a sense of purpose and have always been a bit goal oriented, I have not always lived out this sense of purpose.
When I was 29, I achieved my primary career goal, which was to live and work overseas. Ok, I admit, looking back, that wasn’t overly ambitious, but at the time it was a big deal to me.
Unfortunately, achieving my goal created a void for me; I no longer had a clear goal to work towards, for the first time in many years. I drifted between jobs, pursuing the opportunities that presented themselves without seeking specific opportunities.
Seeking for a Purpose
During this time, I was unconsciously looking for a new goal. I talked with a coworker about writing a textbook, but then I changed jobs. There I created a writing curriculum at my new school, but then I was assigned different classes. Then I started studying measures of “individual differences” – how personality and learning styles impact how students learn new material and began applying for Ph.D. programs. However, none of these were a worthy goal to energize me to invest my time and effort.
In all this time, I was fortunate that my wanderings took me in a direction of a niche student group I was well equipped to teach. It was in working with this niche, working with mid-career professionals, that I discovered a new passion, a new purpose.
Pursuing a New Purpose
In the last several years, I have become more and more intentional in pursuing opportunities to realize this purpose – helping others develop stronger relationships through more effective communication skills. As this has happened, new and bigger opportunities have presented themselves, and I’ve found myself in a good position to take advantage of those opportunities.
Preparation + Attitude + Opportunity + Action = Luck
I have not yet arrived at my goal, but I am well on my way. What’s more important is that I am feeling fulfilled and energized today, in the middle of the journey. I also know that once I reach my goal, there will be still more distant horizons to pursue.
I have said before that I believe every person has a God-given purpose, a unique contribution that only he or she can make. Are you actively pursuing that purpose? Are you moving in a direction that will ultimately fulfill you? Or are you living a comfortable, complacent, and ultimately dissatisfying life?
With a new year comes a new opportunity to reinvent ourselves! I invite you to join me in living an intentional life!
What is holding you back from becoming more intentional about leading your own life today?
In just a few weeks, I will start facilitating a Mastermind/ Book Study group based on the book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell. If you would like more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit A New Year to Grow for details and a link to register.