But purpose is not something you decide to do, purpose is something you discover and sometimes it takes going through hell to find it.
My purpose has come as a result of getting out there and putting my vulnerability on the line, allowing myself to make mistakes in public and choosing to ignore the naysayers. I find now as an individual, my purpose is to be the teacher I wanted to be at primary school, the teacher that used to play school and to share with people my strengths and insights to benefit their lives even more.
When people get comfortable with their purpose they then get uncomfortable with what they need to do to pursue it. They begin to compare themselves to others and questions their worthiness. They wonder whether they have what people are wanting, whether they are good enough, whether they have what it takes.
Martin Luther King, said, and I love this quote:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
It is when we accept that we have value and we live our purpose that we will be truly happy – no matter what we choose to do or what others think of what we do.
This is an extract from Bernadette’s book – “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going”.
At a world class level Bernadette McClelland, Director of TPLA, has coached hundreds of people from over a dozen countries on how to tap into and bring out the value in themselves and others, breaking through the uncertainty to achieve phenomonal results for their lives and businesses. She is also an award speaking professional speaker, trainer and published author.