With more opportunities available to us than ever before and more of other people’s perspectives flashing us in the face on a daily basis, no wonder so many of us are yearning to ask deeper questions, questions about how we want to lead our lives and create meaning out of the chaos:
Who am I?
What kind of life do I envision for myself?
How can my life have meaning?
How am I holding myself back?
What kind of impact can I make?
How can I make that impact?
Purpose, then, can be the lighthouse amidst the fog and the noise. Purpose can root us back into ourselves and God, and force us to look within for answers instead of without; to collect our experiences, our pain, and our joy and decide if we’re going to let them sit there idly or if we’re going to use the lessons we’ve learned to create something meaningful that is not just for us to enjoy, but as a light and service to the world around us.
THE POWER OF PURPOSE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
This need for meaning and impact is most apparent in the inner lives of entrepreneurs, especially entrepreneurs who believe their work is more than just a job. If you’re reading this , I’m guessing that is you. So let’s assume some of the desires you likely have right now:
You want meaning, you want passion, and you want balance. You want to build your life around the things that light you up, and that uniquely express all those truths that make up who you are at your core. You want to make an impact AND you want to do it through your business, ministry or venture. You want to buck the status quo and forge a path that is uniquely your own.
Uncovering your purpose and aligning it with the core mission of your business, ministry or any endeavor, can make all the difference in building a life that is impactful and meaningful.
Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about yourself – your habits, your passions, the ways you hold yourself back and the ways you can make a difference. Ultimately, taking a purpose-filled deep dive into the depths of who you are at your core is the most empowering journey you could undertake. God will take your past, present, and future and turn it into the plan He has for you.
But you’ll have to invest in that journey. Putting “the cart before the horse” will take you backwards. Do the internal work first; the internal journey of discovery to know WHO you are is necessary to becoming all you are created to be, and subsequently do.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (The Message)
“I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
12 When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
13-14 When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
I’ll turn things around for you.”
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow of this series, which is the topic of an upcoming Leadership Training.
Adapted/ Q. Tempest/Bill Hoffman