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I thought I had to search for it too. And so I did.
For five years.
I’ve gotta find it. I’ve gotta find it, I told myself. And the more desperately I searched, the more it seemed to elude me.
You can be like me and waste the next five years (or 10 or 20) looking for your passion and purpose.
You can chase two or three different career opportunities, dissatisfied that none brings you the happiness and fulfillment that’s missing.
You can buck up and realize that your purpose is right in front of you.
Every. Single. Day.
It stares you in the face, jumping up and down screaming, “pick me, pick me!”
Purpose is Not Something You Find. It is Something You Value.
Quit wishing you could sing like Beyoncé or electrify a crowd like Ellen. You can’t. You are you and that’s okay!
Your purpose is exactly what you say it is–nothing more, nothing less.
You neglect your real purpose today when you wish of what your purpose could–or should, or might–be in the future.
Return to this moment. Claim the passion of your presence in the now and live on purpose.
That’s the first step.
Are You Willing to Fail?
This weekend, I had a discussion with a friend of mine who’s a researcher at the University near my home. This is what he said about spending hours upon hours for days, weeks, months and years in the lab.
“In research, we fail. A lot! It’s not fun and you don’t always feel happy. I would say 99% of the things we try don’t work.”
That’s how it is with life, too. But you’re looking for a magic pill that doesn’t exist.
It is Normal to Be Afraid
But here’s the thing. You aren’t normal! You just think you are (and so you act that way).
You say, “Okay, I’m going to ‘play big.'”
But your “big” is still too small for what you are capable of achieving, and so you end up frustrated because you’re chasing a passion that isn’t worthy of you.
You must go for the thing that keeps you up at night (and driven all day).
You gotta reach for the dream that makes you nearly pee yourself in fear. The one that scares the shit outta you when you say it out loud.
Yeah, that one–the vision you’re most afraid to hold is the one you must cling to!
If you’re still hoping you’ll beat the odds and become an overnight success, I gotta tell you the truth. There is no such thing and the idea is complete bullshit!
It All Comes Down To This…
Are you willing to look like a fool in the world and still follow your soul? Are you willing to go even further and bigger when you think you’re already out on the edge and your fear is snapping at your heels? Are you willing to fail? Most of the time?
Your purpose is whatever the hell you say it is.
You don’t need to find your purpose. You need to have the courage to live it!
The Question Is…Will You?
So say, “It is so!” Decide that you are willing to pay the price. Work like hell to make it happen.
Then when they ask how you became an overnight success, you can smile and tell them that there is no such thing.