Purpose sums up the goals that motivate your life, those reasons why you can’t wait to start your day. It guides your decisions, shapes your goals, gives you direction, and influences your behavior. While some people consider purpose to be their work, others see it as religion. Another set defines purpose in the light of serving humanity.
It doesn’t matter what you see purpose as, what matters is being able to fulfill it. Fulfilling purpose brings a sense of satisfaction that matches no other feeling. The challenge is that many people that discover purpose don’t go ahead to fulfill it.
Steps to Fulfilling Purpose
Fulfilling purpose is an intentional task. You must make a conscious effort to fulfill your purpose. We have outlined certain steps to help you fulfill your purpose, whether in secular life or Christian ministry.
Fulfilling purpose is a journey that you must punctuate with specific goals. To do this, you must have a clear picture of what your purpose is. This means that you need to answer questions like:
- Who am I?
- What makes me fulfilled?
- To which niche do I belong?
Once you are clear on what your life purpose is, you take a step further. It is time to define your goals. This leads you to the questions:
- What do I need to do to fulfill purpose?
- How am I going to do it?
We all have different paths so what works for person A may not necessarily work for person B. Explore your different options to find out which obstacles stand in your way. Now, you can define your goals. Split them into big, medium, and small goals. These goals will help you remain motivated on this journey.
Follow your heart
Fulfilling purpose is a very long journey. You’re going to be on this journey for as long as you live. When you consider this fact, you don’t want a boring journey. It is best to stick to actions that keep your heart jolly for as long as possible.
You need to find such actions as you try to fulfill your goals. Don’t compare yourself to others, instead, follow your heart. When you find the actions that make you happy, do them. Do something that you are in love with. When you live this way, you end up smiling as the sun sets.
In the future, you’d look back at your life smiling because you did what you wanted. Don’t get caught up in the haze of life that you don’t follow your heart’s leading. Usually, the map to fulfilling your purpose lies inside. Listen to your heart as you work towards your goals.
Stick to your values
What values do you live your life by? Check your life from when you were a little child. Look out for the values that have helped you all through your journey. Keep sticking to them. Why?
These values influence your decisions. They help to drive your actions when you don’t have the slightest idea. In your values lie your beliefs. As you stick to and honor these values, you get a priceless feeling about yourself and what you do. Again, it is not about Christian ministry, secular work, or being philanthropic. It is about the ultimate fulfillment of what you found out as your purpose.
Compromising your values comes with repercussions. Others might not see them but you know deep down that you don’t feel good. In the end, this feeling overshadows your fulfillment.
Focus on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses
Finding your strengths and weaknesses is key to fulfilling your purpose. No matter how good a man is, he is always a man even at his best. What this means is that we all have weaknesses, our “kryptonite.”
As you journey towards fulfilling your purpose, understanding what your weaknesses are is key. Doing this helps you to figure out what tasks you can accomplish by yourself and where you need others. Never deceive yourself that you can do it alone, you can’t.
Use your strengths as much as you can and work on improving on your weaknesses. Never give excuses for mediocrity. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses helps you know what tasks you can handle by yourself.
Celebrate small successes
Many times we beat ourselves up because we fall short. Instead of doing this, we need to find the small successes and celebrate them. There’s a difference between resting on your oars and celebrating small successes.
In the former, you settle for mediocrity while in the latter, you are counting your blessings. Celebrating your successes motivates you to do more. It has a strong influence on your neurology as it opens you up for more learning. The effect of this is that you get closer to the outcome that you desire.
Don’t let small fails rob you of the excitement that comes with fulfillment. What you focus on influences your results. Focus on the wins and you’d celebrate more victories, brood more on failures, then failure becomes inevitable.
The dream is to fulfill purpose. Figure out what purpose is to you, draw up your goals, and work towards achieving them. While doing that, check out GodKulture for articles that will help you.