I am a sci-fi nerd (self-declared) and it helps me live my best life to imagine that life is just a big video game. You know, the kind where you select your Avatar, your strengths and handicaps, and yes, your mission.
I feel like at the end, all our missions are similar: share love, help people, be a light. But, we are all so beautifully unique, and it is through our uniqueness that we can each find our purpose. Without a purpose, life can feel empty and aimless, even pointless. A pointless-feeling life is quite dangerous, IMO, because then we can be used as a Battery (cue Morpheus) by external forces.
This post is less about scaring folks as it is about reminding folks, including myself, that having a purpose is something that is inherent in everyone. It is not hard to identify your purpose, as long as you are brave enough to claim what makes you feel happy. Our emotions are like a Compass, pointing us in the direction of our best lives.
The easiest way to find your purpose is to be honest with yourself about what makes you feel happy. Not just “I love french fries” or “taking a nap is cool” happy, but the happiness that makes you feel like there is an undying ember burning inside you. I’m talking about joy, I’m talking about exhilaration, I’m talking about passion!
The cool thing about passion is that no one can tell you what your passion is, and no one can take it away from you. You were born with it, and you’ll die with it. What you decide to do with it, however, is completely up to you.
The scary thing about passion is the fact that, more than likely, it is the very thing that sets you apart from the crowd. And it should! Because you are unique, and that is your gift to the world.
Identifying your passion and practicing it in this big, bad world, should feel scary. It should feel like vulnerability. It should feel like a risk.
To go back to the video game analogy, what is the point of going on a mission without the thrill of the chase? In Law of Attraction, this is known as resistance. The greater the resistance, the more fun the game. We each have the opportunity to play the game of life on Expert level, but many of us continue to play on Beginner level and wonder why we feel a lack of inspiration and passion. How would you like to play Tetris at the easiest level, forever? Boring! You’d be like, “aight, I’mma head out.”
Identifying your passion is the first step.
The next part is where things get really fun – you get to do the thing! You get to fail, fail again, fail again, and then succeed. That first taste of success, no matter how small, is the greatest high of all.
Whether that means landing a big sale for a company you love, creating a beautiful piece of art, organizing a messy room to perfection, or raising good children, take note of the successes that make you feel that thrill of life. Then, multiply it and magnify it outwards into the world.
I guarantee that no one can do The Thing the way you can do The Thing.
We can feel light-hearted and have fun while exploring our passions, because after all, our Avatar is perfectly created to execute that passion. Remember, you picked your strengths before you ever arrived on Earth. It’s literally what you came here to do.
So, what did you come to Earth to do? How do you plan to make the world a better place? How can you expand on that and make it accessible to more and more people? Does it feel exciting? Good! Does it feel scary? Even better.
Now get off the internet and write it down (use paper, your Notes app, or your lip liner – no excuses.)