Wow! What a wonderful conversation I had with Kidest on her Be Love radio show this week about Finding Our Purpose and Reclaiming Our Dreams. I have to say it was particularly potent for me, as I just returned from assisting at the Café Gratitude Leadership Training where I had the opportunity to lead a piece about creating a Vision for Leadership. Everyone there is so excited about what they're up to, and it was fulfilling to see that my offering was helpful to this amazing group of participants in reclaiming their dreams as Leaders. Even though Getting That You Matter isn't specifically about "leadership," I am seeing more and more how this work is playing an important part in helping people see themselves as leaders in their own lives, the lives of their families and communities, and for the world. It is deeply gratifying to see how the ripples we are all creating by stepping into our passions, reclaiming our biggest dreams and living our purpose is creating leaders out of so many of us.
When I wrote these words, "If you can see, receive and believe it, you can be it" came to me a few years ago, I had no idea I would be in the position I am in now – poised on the brink of bringing this message to the world and bringing my vision from over 30 years ago to life in a way I never could have imagined. It took me pulling it out, dusting it off and polishing it up to really begin to live into my life's purpose.
And that's what it takes for each of us. When you reach back into the deepest reaches of your heart and find what it is you are most called to be and do, you remember, as Kidest said, "You do have something powerful to offer! It's inside of you… it's part of your DNA." When you begin to see your purpose, open up to really receiving it and believing in it, you can be anything you are here to be!
Your purpose is custom-made for you, so there is no need to go down that dead-end road of comparison. Your purpose is as unique and alive as you are, all you have to do is maintain regular practices and take bold actions that keep it flourishing. "Whatever we're called to can change," Kidest said. "There's an element of knowing." This is so true… and it takes that practice of deeply listening to yourself to reclaim and stay connected to your purpose, no matter how simple or complex it may be. Remember, your purpose does not have to be about big, fancy words; the simpler it is, in fact, the easier it will be for you to remember, stay connected to and fulfill. An effective way to begin the process is to reflect on your dreams and ask yourself one or more of the following questions:
- What does your heart say when you get very quiet?
- What would most support you in giving this gift to yourself?
- How do you see yourself bringing your purpose to life in the world?
- How do you keep your purpose alive and flourishing on a regular basis? How do you be that brings joy to you and those around you?
- What is the simplest, shortest, least complicated way you could communicate that to another person?
- What are you passionate about?
- What gives you the chills or takes your breath away when you think about it, even if it doesn't seem attainable right now?
- What is the deep longing that occupies the background of your waking hours, the one that continues to revisit you even when you think you're satisfied?
- How can you live from your passion on a daily basis?
I invite you to listen to this powerful conversation here!
Enjoy your Meditation, Mantra and Movement for Finding Your Purpose… Reclaiming Your Dream!
Meditation for Finding Your Purpose & Reclaiming Your Dream
“What is my purpose?” Journal on the above questions by giving yourself some real quality time for yourself with this process. Not only do I suggest you ask yourself the questions above, but that you write down your answers as well. It's often in writing that we find more insights, so I urge you to really go for it with the journaling. Write it all down.
Mantra for Finding Your Purpose & Reclaiming Your Dream
"My purpose is…" Start speaking your purpose out loud to yourself and others as much as possible… try it on, play with it, and remember- you get to keep it moving and alive. Let yourself play with it!
Movement for Finding Your Purpose & Reclaiming Your Dream
Clarify your purpose. As you begin to speak your purpose, you may find that you want to refine it. If so, take the time you need to hone it into a statement that you can say easily and effortlessly, that makes you remember why you created it, and gives you the chills just thinking about it. This is how you will begin to own your purpose!