Finding your purpose is one of the most popular and rewarding journeys to undertake.
In this week’s blog I share two easy exercises that will point you in the right direction of your purpose.
Hi. My name is Carl Brooks and welcome to this week’s blog.
This week, I decided to make a video. It’s a little bit easier to do exercises with you when I’m kind of on camera, and it’s also maybe a bit of a chance to show you who I am and how I stutter in my words. [laugh] So, without saying anymore, and this week I want to address a question I’ve been getting from a lot of you.
The first — actually the first question I get from anyone most of the time is, what’s my purpose? A lot of people are struggling with it. You know, I struggled with it also for many, many years. I’ve had various different jobs. I didn’t feel as if I was really realizing my full potential in those jobs. Sometimes, I felt very stuck at what I was doing and I really wanted to take action to move to the next level, but I didn’t know how.
So, I’ve got two killer exercises for you today, which I’d like you try, and hopefully they will show you the direction of your passion.
Exercise number one, write down five interests that you have per day for an entire week. They can small interests like — I don’t know — cooking or they could be larger, like traveling the world. That’s fine. Just write them down, five per day. Now, at the end of the week, you’ll have five — no, you’re not going to have five — you’re going to have 35 interests. The idea is to then narrow them down to about two or three interests that really speak to your heart and really appeal to you. So, once you’ve got those two or three interests you think, well, they are definitely the ones, you just put them aside for now. We’ll come back to those after the second exercise.
So, exercise number two — I love this one. You write to your friends or give them a call and say, “Hey, I’m doing this ‘find my purpose’ thing and I’d really appreciate it if you can tell me, in your eyes, what my five best qualities are.” Yeah. You’re going to get a lot of feedback from your friends and different perspectives.
What I love about this exercise is that one person thinks you’re going to be really driven or ambitious and the other person is probably going to think you’re really relaxed because they’re going to reflect to you how they see you in your relationship, in your dynamic. Having said that, what you will find, I promise you this. There are two or three kind of common qualities that you’ll find in all their feedback. Now, the one person might say, “Well, you’re kind of calm.” And the other person might say, “Well, you’re relaxed.” Well, in that case, essentially, they’re the same thing. So, that’s just kind of one quality.
When you do this exercise, take two or three qualities that you find in all of the responses from your friends, then take the two or three interests that you’ve written down and that you’ve honed in on, then bring them together, the qualities and your interests. And that’s where the magic happens because that is the pathway to your purpose, my friends.
Listen, I hope that this has helped you today. As always, I’d love to hear from you. So, come on over to carlbrooks.com and leave a comment. Let me know if you found your purpose or, if you’re still struggling, let me know about that too. I’d love to help you in any way I can.
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