Getting clear about what your unique purpose is can be the difference between living a happy, fulfilled life of abundance, choice, and expansiveness or living in the restrictive veal pen of your own indecision and tired old excuses.

A gift, of course, is meant to be given, which is why it’s so brutal when we can’t figure out what ours is, or when we know what it is, but we’re too lame to act on it: here we have the perfect gift to share with the world, just bursting to be opened, and we keep it sitting there, wrapped tightly in a box, growing old and gathering dust.

Oh, the waste and the agony

Meanwhile, the joy of giving someone the perfect gift is unparalleled.

We all know how it feels, hopping back and forth from foot to foot, wringing our hands, practically peeing in our pants, begging them to open it.

The power of giving is so strong that the excitement and the good feelings are often greater for the giver than for the receiver.

This is why, when you find your calling and you design your life in such a way that you can share your gifts with the world on a consistent basis, you feel like a rock star.

Most people, however, wander through their lives giving the tasteful candle version of their gifts.

You know they don’t show up to the party empty-handed or anything; they present their somewhat flaccid gift to the world, receive a warm hug, and an, “Oh, you shouldn’t have,” in return, but they don’t knock it out of the park.

Every single person is born with unique and valuable gifts to share with the world.

  • Once we figure out what ours are, and decide to live our lives putting them to use, that’s when, and only when, the real party begins.
  • Living a life on purpose is available to everyone.
  • So, if you’re struggling or settling or completely confused about what you’re supposed to do with your life, know that the answer is already here.
  • It exists and so does the life you can’t wait to create.
  • You just need to get some clarity first.
  • Keep in mind there’s no right way to go about this.
  • Everyone’s journey is unique, but we’re all trying to get to the same place the place where we feel happiest, the most alive, and the most like ourselves.
  • Even if you’ve nailed the perfect career for yourself, read on, because these tips can help you in all areas of your life.

How to get clear on who you are.  

Take the first right step:

  • Instead of wasting hours and days and years trying to figure out your perfect next move, just do something already.
  • Oh, the time we waste rolling ideas around in our heads, imagining what-ifs, coming up with perfect reasons why and then perfect reasons why not, tearing at our cuticles, making our friends and family carefully screen their calls in case it’s us again, wanting to go over some ideas.
  • Get out of your head and take action.
  • You don’t have to know exactly where it’s going to take you, you just need to start with one thing that feels right and keep following right-feeling things and see where they lead.
  • No matter how clueless you may feel right now, pay attention to suggestions and opportunities that suddenly present themselves.
  • And notice how you feel is there something for you that, for whatever reason, feels like it might be good to check out?
  • What have you been saying forever that you’d love to do?
  • Has somebody mentioned a course or a teacher or a book that keeps sticking in your mind?
  • Take the first step in the direction toward something that feels right and see where it leads you.
  • And do it now.

It is not necessary to create something from scratch when there is already a solution available.

  • Look around and see what other people out there are doing.
  • Whose life makes you totally jealous?
  • What things are people doing that you would love to do too?
  • Who do you think is the coolest person ever?
  • You don’t need to invent your ideal life from scratch, you just need to figure out what makes you feel alive.
  • So, if what someone else is doing sparks your interest, take notice.
  • It could mean that your calling has something in common with theirs.
  • Get specific about the things in their lives that turn you on.
  •  Is it because they get to travel the world?
  • Is it that they have a solid routine?
  • Is it that they have no routine?
  • Is it that they work alone?
  • That they get to be outside all day?
  • That they work with their hands?
  • Their eyes or ears?
  • Their animals or spouse?
  • The more specific you get, the easier it will be to create a picture of what you want.

It is essential to trust your instincts.

  • If you really want to get in touch with who you are and what you love to do, and who you love to do it with, dedicate some time to tuning in to your intuition.
  • One of the best ways to do this is to spend five minutes of quiet, by yourself, every day.
  • We spend the vast majority of our time moving at full speed ahead, both physically and mentally, and we literally bulldoze over the very answers we’re seeking because they can’t be heard above the din.
  • When you sit quietly and ask, you get an answer.
  • Eventually. Stick with it, be patient and wait to hear from your inner guidance.
  • You have all the answers you need; you just need to give them the chance to get through to you.

Imagine yourself as an alien:

  • Imagine that you’re an alien floating around in outer space and you suddenly swoop down to Earth and inhabit your own body.
  • As the alien, everything about this life is new to you.
  • You look around what do you see?
  • What is this person who you’ve inhabited so obviously awesome at?
  • What do they have the most fun doing?
  • What connections do they have?
  • What resources and opportunities are available to them?
  • As the alien, to whom everything is new and exciting and there’s nothing at risk and no past to lug around, what are you going to do with this incredible new life you’ve stepped into?
  • How are you going to use this new body and this existence to create something fabulous and awesome starting right now?
  • This exercise is hugely helpful for getting a new perspective and stepping outside our boring-ass ruts of tired old excuses and lame habits.
  • It can also be very useful in making you aware of all the staggering possibilities and resources that you have at your fingertips and take for granted or do not see.
  • Sometimes it’s as simple as looking at things with new eyes to see how astoundingly fortunate we are.
  • Be the alien for twenty-four hours and see what you come up with.

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