I want to talk to you about purpose.
Having a strong sense of purpose has very powerful mental and physical benefits, I know that when I am connected to my why, I experience more energy, I am more positive, I feel inspired and dedicated to my cause. So I’m going to go through a few possible reasons why a sense of purpose is so good for us, why it has such powerful mental and physical benefits.
The first one is motivation.
I am sure there has been a time in your life when you have woken up for work and have lacked any enthusiasm about the work tasks ahead. It may feel like a chore as you have to go about your routine tasks, or you may feel like you are no longer being challenged at work and you are craving professional growth. Alternatively, you may be questioning your life’s purpose and thinking what the hell am I doing here?
On the flip side, however, when we have a sense of purpose we never question why we are doing what we are doing. We are dedicated to our cause, we have a surge of energy which propels us forward towards our vision and mission. Our reason for being just feels right which makes us committed to our cause more than ever!
When we have a purpose, we know who we stand for, where we are, where we’re going and where we’re meant to be. It’s a bit like having an internal compass built into us, and we intuitively know where our “true north” is.
The other benefit of having a purpose is that it builds resilience. I know that The Crew Coach wouldn’t be what it is today if I wasn’t dedicated to my cause and vehemently knew my why. For me, it has never been about how can I get rich quick; it has been how can I use my innate strengths and skills to lift others up. Pursuing a job for monetary gain is simply not sustainable;
I have seen so many startups fail as the sacrifices and challenges outweigh the profit goals. When we have a purpose, we are better equipped to deal with adversity as we are fighting towards a cause that is bigger than ourselves. This is the very reason why purpose builds resilience.
I can tell when my clients have lost their sense of purpose, they feel numb, unmotivated and experience a lack of enthusiasm for what they do which leads me to the next benefit, positivity.
A sense of purpose gives us a surge of positive emotions. You feel this indescribable sense of joy, which fuels your desire to continue to serve and make an impact. Think back to the last time you helped someone, how did that make you feel?
When we find that thing that truly lights us up, we are able to let our reason for being course through us as it becomes part of who we are, our identity our legacy.
However, sometimes it’s easy for us to get in the way of our purpose. We may believe we are not good enough, we may be distracted by things that seem good at the time, You don’t know the actions to take.
You don’t have a clear vision.
You don’t know where to start. however, it isn’t for the long term.
This is where your gut-feel, your intuition becomes key in making these life decisions. It is about getting out of your head and making decisions based on what feels right for you.
It takes practice to arrive at this point; initially, it may seem irrational, however, once you can trust yourself; you will be more equipped to make decisions that are right for you rather than for someone else. I have not regretted a single decision I have made using my gut sense, it has got me to where I am today; a healthy business, that is geared to serve yacht crew and empower them with the skills to overcome personal and professional challenges so that they can enjoy life to the fullest.
If you are not living your life to the fullest …taking risks, being bold, putting yourself out there, being brave, then you are letting yourself down. What’s important is that you stop wasting your precious moments wishing and hoping things would be different, and instead start living. Start taking action on your dreams.
I am so excited to take my next intake of students through my course Discover your Career Potential which is about searching inside yourself to find out your passions and purpose. Self-knowledge is the key to the door of opportunity.
If we can find that deep, authentic purpose within us, and if we can allow ourselves to step aside from our judgements and negative self-talk, and give ourselves permission to pursue our purpose then we will reach our pinnacle of authentic happiness.