One Friday afternoon, nearly a decade ago, I found myself sitting with my hotel sales team at a leadership seminar. My boss had made sure that everyone who wanted to go could be there, and as the Event Planner, I figured it would be a great networking experience. Little did I know that the entire day would be a divine encounter to get me started on the courageous path of finding my purpose.
There were several amazing speakers lined up for the day; however, the one who caught my attention and connected with my soul the most was John Maxwell. He spoke about many topics that day, such as the fact that talent alone won’t cut it; you must be willing to get the skills and attitudes necessary to use with the talent. That was a novel idea to me, and it totally rocked my world! He also spoke about our purpose and calling. The entire time, my pen scrambled to keep up with my thoughts as I caught the wisdom that spewed forth from his mouth. With every stroke of my pen, a spark lit in the depths of my soul. By the end of the day, the embers that had cooled in my heart over the years were rekindled, and a red-hot burning fire rose up inside.
That day – sitting with my coworkers in a leadership seminar – I felt God knocking on the doorway of my heart to step out in faith and trust Him with the unknown. The desire was so strong, that I took the risk. I started climbing the foggy staircase of personal growth and walking by faith without seeing the next step. I bought my first personal growth books that day and began actually reading them instead of letting them collect dust on my shelf. I started journaling more and listening to leadership podcasts. I began to open up my heart to long buried dreams again and pressed on, grasping the Message God had given me, and I decided to never look back. Because that’s what overcomers do. When we recognize the path that leads to our calling, we reach out and grab it with everything we’ve got!
Finding my purpose didn’t happen over night. It took many nights, months, and to be one hundred percent honest – years. It was an in depth journey of digging deep into the hidden, buried areas of my heart. Tough questions had to be answered, such as:
- If I could wake up tomorrow and not worry about any responsibilities or money, what would I do with my life?
- What did I dream of doing when I was kid?
- What are the things people are always telling me that I am good at, and how do those qualities fit with my dreams?
- What do I want my life legacy to be?
- Where do I want to travel?
- What experiences do I want to have?
- How do I really want to be spending my free time?
- What would I say and do if I wasn’t afraid of what people would think of me?
- What are the things that are important to me?
- What am I willing to give up so I can live my life authentically?
These were the tough questions that filled up pages upon pages of my journals. At first, the answers to these questions were very superficial. Which makes a lot of sense because when we begin the journey of awakening the dreams that we’ve spent years hiding from, we’ve got to tiptoe around a bit because our mental and emotional muscles won’t be strong enough to handle the enormity of it all. As I kept digging, the answers became easier to find. The dreams that had been buried began to resurface again, and a renewed passion was lit within my soul. I even discovered that some of those buried dreams had grown and were now bigger than they had ever been!
If you and I were having coffee together right now, I’d probably look at you after sharing this story, and with a glimmer in my eye and tenderness in my voice, ask you some very important questions. Since we aren’t face to face, let’s take the next few moments to pretend that these pages are a personal letter from me to you, okay? Here are a few questions that I would like to ask you, my friend:
- When is the last time you allowed yourself to dream?
- When is the last time you wrote down some goals for what your year would look like?
- When is the last time you felt the pure joy of having accomplished something you set out to do?
If you don’t know, then it would be wise to take some time and begin finding your purpose. Answer the questions above with vulnerability and no judgment toward yourself. Shut the door on the excuses and just allow yourself to dream again. If you need help, start working with one of our coaches to help hold you accountable and give you the encouragement you need along the way.
It matters! It matters to God, and it matters to the people around you whether they realize it or not. You are wanted! YOU! Your life has a purpose and you must find it and live it out with everything you’ve got. There is something you were designed for that won’t get accomplished unless you rise up and do it. You can do it!