We are witnessing a global awakening of epic proportions today. Millions of people around the world are searching for their reason of being alive and trying to find ways to align their lives with a higher calling and deeper purpose. There’s a constant pull from within, a yearning for more meaningful work, deeper relationships with others, and a desperate desire to share one’s unique talents so as to leave behind a lasting legacy and help make this world a better place.
Many are wading through unknown territory. There’s no clear roadmap for this new consciousness. Our education has taught us not to nurture our highest aspirations but to ensure basic survival. We have been taught the necessary skills to labour away in our jobs, but we have not been empowered enough to be passionate, creative people who can collaborate and think beyond-the-box to forge a new path ahead together. Society currently seeks to maintain the status quo and has not yet encouraged us to develop our highest potential and make a meaningful shift into the future.
So what prevents most of us from discovering our higher purpose in life and fulfilling it? Shockingly, many people give up on their true calling because of all the perceived trouble that comes with making it come true. We have enough excuses to augment our argument, ranging from ‘My parents won’t approve’, ‘It’s way too difficult’, ‘It’s not realistic’, ‘It won’t pay my bills’, ‘It won’t work’, ‘It’s too late’, to ‘I am comfortable the way I am.’ We resist a more meaningful life because we choose to trip ourselves up. Worse yet, many have simply buried their life’s purpose to such an extent that they don’t even know where to begin to find it. Tragic, yet true!
So where does one begin the journey towards discovering one’s higher calling? First, discard all the obsolete redundant beliefs that have been ploughed into your head over the decades. Realize that you exist for a reason, and you have a key role to play as we transition from the ‘Materialistic’ era into the ‘Wisdom’ era. Galvanize your higher calling by accepting new beliefs about yourself and your place in this new epoch. Realize that you are extremely fortunate to be alive at a historical turning point of human evolution. Understand that civilization is in the process of realignment. Social structures are starting to disband and brand new chapters are being written, such as the rise of women to occupy an equal role in society and intolerance to any form of racial discrimination. Business ethics and corporate governance is changing rapidly, which in turn will impact our financial beliefs and our attitude towards politics and businesses. Societies globally are fusing together into one big melting pot even as unique cultural identities are being preserved and revered. For the very first time we are waking up to the reality that we no longer just have to ‘exist’, instead we need to ‘live with a higher purpose’!
The next step is to take a journey within to discover your unique talents and skills. This includes tapping your physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual states to help you further narrow down and identify your goal in life. Ask yourself ‘What do I enjoy doing & why do I love doing it?’; ‘What are the unique talents bestowed by the universe upon me?’; ‘Why are these talents important?’; ‘Where do I really find my bliss and why?’; ‘What have I always found meaningful and why has it held significance to me?’ Gauge your feelings as you start unearthing your answers....the answers that surge you with positive energy hold the real clue to your true purpose in life. This entire process will not only help you discard areas that are irrelevant to your life’s purpose but more importantly identify the distinctive capabilities to help you rise to a new state of being.
A key area to avoid here is ‘self-sabotage’. You are most likely to get in your own way during this journey of self-discovery. Years of habituation and irrational fears will act subconsciously to make you believe that you have no purpose. You may simply want to quit. Or worse yet, naysayers will ridicule your endeavour and attempt to devalue your purpose. Push past all this resistance and just keep at it. Let go of your fears, get out of your own way and follow your heart.
Finally, take the all important bold step of liberating centuries of outdated conditioning and obsolete habits to embrace your true calling in this new aeon. Your work, relationships and behaviour will resonate with a sense of purpose. Life will no longer be a drudgery undertaken due to guilt or compulsion, but a celebration for undertaking tasks that are an extension of your higher purpose and your true reason for existence.
It’s important to note here that discovering your purpose is the easy part. The tough part is keeping at it on a daily basis and working on yourself to the point that you converge with your purpose to become that purpose.
If you wish to go beyond simply staying alive but finding something worthwhile to live for, then take the bold step of discovering your true calling and galvanizing your higher purpose. Remember, you were created to live out your purpose, to achieve your greatest potential, and to do so fearlessly.