One of the resounding lessons we learn by reading Outwitting the Devil is the importance of “Definiteness of Purpose.” The devil tells us that the main reason that 98% (YES~ 98%!!!) of us fall under his influence, is because we drift through life, without knowing what our purpose is.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa West, who is considered an expert on the subject of purpose. I asked her why it is so important to discover our purpose and, equally important, HOW do we do this? And how do you define purpose?
What I’ve learned, with Melissa’s help, is that once you discover your purpose, everything else gets easier, more fun and more rewarding. When you gain insight into your purpose, you live each day with more clarity, confidence and productivity…and fun!
Before we can identify our purpose, we need to know what we mean by purpose, and here is what Melissa told me:
Your purpose is what you are called to do.
It’s how you are meant to express your gifts and talents.
Your purpose is the compass that helps you make choices that move you towards what you truly want in your life.
So how the heck do we identify what our purpose is? Here are some things you can do:
- Be an observer of your own life and behavior and actions.
- Think about times when you’ve felt like you’re really alive. When you’re “in the zone;” when you’re rockin’ and rollin’ and feeling on top of the world. What are you doing during those times? Where are you? Who are you with? What are your actions?
- What is the common thread in these times when you’re feeling most alive? Are you teaching? Are you learning? Are you being creative? Are you out in a field or up on a stage or behind a computer or in your kitchen?
- What is it about those activities that makes you feel happy and fulfilled and alive?
Maybe this weekend would be a great time to ask yourself the questions that help you discover your purpose. Let yourself observe and remember when you are at your best.
Where are you when you’re shining your brightest?
Who are you with when you’re rockin’ and rollin’?
What are you doing when you feel most alive?
If you’re wondering, like I did, if knowing your purpose is really necessary, pick up Outwitting the Devil. Or better yet, join us for an 8 week, in-depth study of this book. The next class begins on October 1st.