Do you feel like you're here on this Earth for a reason? Like you being here is to serve some kind of purpose, but you just haven’t figured it out yet?
I feel ya.
For as far back as I can remember, even as a child, I felt like I had important work to do here. I always felt like I was put here to so something important, but apparently someone forgot to give me the memo.
All throughout my teenage years, I was expecting to find the career path that would perfectly click into that missing puzzle piece. But I graduated high school just as lost as when I started it.
Throughout the next five years I went from job to job, never feeling like this was what I was supposed to be doing. But what!?
If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change anything because all those wrong turns led me here, however, I would offer my younger self a bit of advice to take the edge off. Maybe if you haven’t quite found your thing, this advice could help you too.
1. Trust it Will Happen When it’s Supposed to
This is probably the hardest part of the journey, for me anyways. I always felt each year that I didn’t figure it out was another year wasted. But now I know that’s not how it works.
If I hadn’t been so lost for so long, and struggled all those years, I can’t say that I would be so passionate about helping people like I am today. The reason I found self-development and coaching was because I needed it myself. The reason I’m so passionate about it is because I felt the difference in myself, first.
Now I know that all those years of hard ache were actually supposed to happen. All the years I felt like I was wasting were actually building the foundation for which I would build my entire life upon. I’m so grateful for my struggles, and I know that one day you will look back on these days with gratitude, just like I do.
2. Follow Your Passions
My next piece of advice if you are feeling lost, is to follow your passions. You aren’t going to sit still, you can’t. Time is ticking on whether you’re working toward something or not. So instead of taking any ol’ job, why not follow your heart and look for jobs or opportunities that jive with your soul.
Your purpose isn’t going to be working at a job you hate, it’s going to be doing something that fills your heart and soul, so if you want to inch closer to finding it, do what makes you happy!
It’ll be easier to stay positive on your journey if you do. If you can keep an optimistic outlook while on your search to finding you “thing”, that’s the best thing you can do.
Opportunities will come, but if you’re not in the right state of mind to pursue them, then you might just end up passing on by.
I strongly believe that your passions are pointing you to your purpose. It might seem like Morris Code to try to interpret right now, but if you follow your passions, I believe it’ll all make sense in the end.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go For It
If you want to make changes in your life, you need to step outside your comfort zone and take risks.
I know, both of those things sound scary as hell, but trust me on this one, nothing will ever happen if you don’t.
If you’ve found something that speaks to your soul, then you need to pursue it! Finding your purpose is only half the battle, actually going after it is just as scary and just as important.
Take my life for example, if I would have found self-development and dove into learning everything I could and refining my skills, but was never brave enough to actually offer my services to the world, how would that be helpful? It wouldn’t.
You need to trust your gut, and when it’s telling you to go after something, do it. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be your “thing” I can almost guarantee that it will teach you a hell of a lot about yourself and probably point you in the direction you need to go.
Don’t be afraid to go after what feels right. Your intuition is your North Star, follow it.
The greatest thing about life is never knowing the ending. I know how frustrating it can be when you feel lost and are struggling to make sense of this crazy ride we call life, but I promise, if you feel that pull to do more with your life, or that you were put here for something greater than yourself, you will find it.
Don’t settle for a life that doesn’t fulfill that desire. Follow it and it will lead you straight to where you need to be.