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Last week we looked at how what we enjoyed as children can lead us to our passions, a critical step in discovering our life purpose. This week we examine the difference between our passions and purpose and how we can start taking action towards discovering our life purpose.

 

Step One – Passion vs. Purpose

 

Although passion and purpose are often used interchangeably, there are in fact two very different things.

 

Passions can be enjoyed for their own sake, and you certainly don’t have to be skilled at them to find them rewarding. My passions were singing, scrapbooking and writing.

 

My purpose, on the other hand, was how I used one of my passions for a cause greater than myself. For example, my passion was writing, but my purpose was to help others through my writing.

 

Everyone’s purpose, without exception, helps others in some way. When we find our purpose and contribute positively to society, we reap the rewards of happiness, gratitude and fulfilment.

 

With this in mind, to discover your life purpose, you need to choose a passion that you’re at least fairly good at, so you can develop your gift to help others. Although a passion doesn’t always translate into a life purpose, a life purpose always begins with one of your passions.

 

Step Two – Take Action

 

When I had the feeling I wanted to be creative I tried absolutely everything that appealed to me. Without having tried so many creative things I would never have discovered my true passion and its resultant purpose. Of course not everyone is passionate about creativity; your passion may be teaching or science. Find ways to test out what appeals to you. For example, if teaching appeals to you, volunteer at a pre-school or go on a Teaching English as a foreign language holiday.

 

Make a list of everything you have always wanted to do and then write down ways you can try it out before committing to it professionally. Include classes, activities, hobbies, academic and vocational courses, even sports. List absolutely anything that piques your interest and then TAKE ACTION.

 

Once you have found your passions and tried them out, you will be on course to using one of your passions to fulfil your purpose.

 

Stay tuned – next week we will learn of the questions that can lead us to our life purpose.

 

What are your passions? Do you feel inspired to go out and try new things in a bid to discover your true passions? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, support and insight from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Exercises:

  1. Add to last week’s list of childhood passions:
  • All of your current passions
  • All activities, experiences and classes you have always wanted to try that could potentially turn into a passion

2. Book in a time to try the three most appealing items on your list