People often climb to the top of the mountain only to discover that they’ve climbed the wrong mountain, sometimes without really understanding how they got there. Don’t want to end up at the top of the wrong mountain? The key to getting to the right place is to know, fundamentally, who you are and what your life’s purpose is. There are lots of places to discover this. For example, look to see what you’ve been passionate about in the past. Passion is often a measurement of purpose. This is not always the case, though. Some people feel more at peace when they know their life’s purpose. For the most part, looking back on our life at the times when we felt the most alive and energized can show us a common thread. There, you’ll probably start to find your purpose.
To “live on purpose” requires the following three things:
Now, whether you know your purpose or not, it’s worth taking the time to explore the idea deeper. Sometimes, a Dream University ® Certified Dream Coach ® will recommend that people go on a passion quest. A passion quest is where someone takes a period of time (a day, a weekend, a week, a month, a year) where they get their antenna up and pay attention to what they love, what matters to them, what moves them, etc. Even beyond that, they seek answers to the questions, ”What do you need to say no more to?”, “What are you done with?”, “What are you done complaining about?”, “What’s sucking the life out of you?”, and “What’s out of integrity with your heart and soul?” As we say “no more” and “no, thank you,” we can start to say, “now what?” and “yes” to what matters most to us, leading to further development of our life’s purpose.
When you’re standing in your purpose, the quality of your dreams and the quality of your life will actually change. This is literally about turning your life right side up so that someday soon when you open your calendar or your scheduling device, what you will see are the activities that are moving you forward to the dreams that are the expression of your purpose. It’s such an important foundational piece to getting to the top of the right mountain.