We’ve all had the experience of making a firm resolution to reach a goal, only to lose the initial enthusiasm and fall off track.
Personally, I know how easy it is for me to get distracted or pulled in another direction. So I've found that my strongest motivator is to remember my higher purpose. While making a decision or gearing up for an important project, this helps me to draw on all my energy with clear intent, total awareness and inspiration.
Bottom line: Your intention and purpose can keep you on track, moving you in the direction you really want. Checking in with your purpose provides you with a rock-solid foundation from which to consciously create your life.
Why Your Purpose Doesn't Feel Real
Many people share with me that they think they know what their purpose is, but aren’t 100% sure. That's because it’s just in their minds, with no feeling or passion connected with it.
I find that when we “embody” our purpose, and feel it alive inside of our whole being, not just our mind, we are truly connected to it. That’s when it takes hold in our life. To me, this is the true law of attraction.
I used to try to “find my purpose” through thinking and talking myself into action — but my body and spirit just weren’t in harmony with my thoughts. My mind desired something, but something inside of me didn’t. Or my instincts said to do something, but my mind stopped it. Listening to my body and its feelings, and trusting my inner voice, always led me to the right place at the right time.
10 Questions To Clarify Your Purpose
The following prompts will help you discover your life purpose by evoking images, which are profoundly personal messages from your unconscious.
You can choose to read the questions out loud, or listen to this audio of my voice with accompanying music. To get started, take a few belly breaths, breathing way down to fill the bowl of your pelvis with breath.
After you read or hear each question, close your eyes and listen inwardly for an answer. Then, open your eyes and say aloud or write down the first thought, symbol or picture that comes to mind. Stay open and curious. The words, images and sounds that result may surprise you.
Repeat this process for each question, one at a time. Remember to breathe in as you read, then close your eyes and breathe out. Continue breathing and wait until something comes, then open your eyes and note or say what came.
- What is my purpose for being alive right now?
- What is uniquely valuable about me?
- What do I do that serves and helps others?
- What am I most passionate about in my life?
- How, when and where do I express my purpose through my health?
- How, when and where do I express my purpose in my relationships?
- How, when and where do I best express my purpose in my career?
- Where in my life am I aligned with my purpose?
- Where in my life am I not aligned with my purpose?
- What actions can I take to be more aligned with my purpose?
What did you discover? Perhaps you felt a place in yourself that wants to make a deeper commitment to being a more loving person. Or maybe you received a clear message to make a big change in your life.
As you move through your day today, maintain an awareness of your answers to these very important questions.
Author, Speaker, Trainer, and Executive Coach, Steve Sisgold has spent the past 25 years studying and teaching the relationship between beliefs held in the body and success, how the body “billboard” sends micro messages that affect authentic communication and how self-awareness lowers stress and boosts peak performance.
He has appeared on major radio and TV shows including PBS, Oprah and Montel and blogs for Psychology Today.
Steve holds an M.A. in marketing, a B.S. in business and a certification in body-centered psychotherapy.
His book, What’s Your Body Telling You? launched at number 7 on the S.F Chronicle Bestseller List and # 1 on Amazon.com in several categories.
Steve is also the breakthrough coach to many best-selling self help authors, Grammy and Oscar winners, CEO’s, a Major League baseball President, as well as Wellness and Business leaders.
Prior to being a successful author, speaker trainer and executive coach Steve Sisgold applied the principles he teaches, in the business world. He owned and directed a successful Advertising and PR firm, and was #1 of 500 salespeople and a national sales trainer with a Fortune 100 company.
His new book, Whole Body Intelligence: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body to Achieve Greater Wisdom, Confidence, and Success is out August 18, 2015.