When people get excited about what they do, there’s an energy that’s palpable around them. They begin to eat, breathe, and live their purpose. They want others to get into the excitement with them – that’s natural. But sometimes things can get carried away, and the person sharing their excitement starts to think that everyone needs to be involved with their purpose and/or the way they pursue it. That’s okay if you’re a salesperson committed to your product or if your company needs a consistent quality conrol process. It, however, does not work when it comes to your life purpose.
What God gives you in this life to do and the way you go about it is competely unique to you. Others may have the same general direction, but there will be differences in plan, approach, execution, impact and more.
It took me a very long time to finally get Burn Bright off the ground. One of the things that kept me from fully pursuing it was a simple search engine query of the words “life coach”, which garnered 7,150,000 hits and “life purpose” at 3,690,000 hits. It made me question my sanity of thinking I had anything to offer. I decided to make a list of the things that I could bring to the table that others could not. My list of individual items wasn’t that impressive but, as I looked at them, I realized that combining the items brought them some power. An example of this: I am a woman – there’s millions of women. I am a middle-aged woman – not as many millions. I am a middle-aged Christian woman – angle is sharpening here. I am middle-age Christian woman living in South Puget Sound – okay, this is getting better. I am a middle-age Christian woman in South Puget Sound who has experience in personal and career counseling. And I’m sure you can imagine how the list went on and on. It gave me hope there is a sphere that I can influence – a place for my gift to fit.
So, go ahead and get stirred up by people who are passionate – absorb that spirit and drive to help you move forward to your place. But if you find yourself feeling obligated to jump on their bandwagon or feeling guilty for not doing so, it may be that you don’t have clarity for your life’s purpose. Maybe it’s time you start your own list.