Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." - Viktor Frankl

Everyone on earth has a purpose - a purpose you must understand to reach your potential. Everyone has passion too - passion for what they do and what they want to be.

A simple formula: (Purpose + Passion) = Performance.

Not knowing what your purpose & passion is leads to aimlessly walking through life & career - taking the wrong job for the wrong reason (likely money, ego), not fulfilling your inner dreams, not truly doing what you are passionate about, but rather doing the "comfortable" and "easy" thing.

However when you discover your true and intended purpose & passion - the world opens up. When you make this discovery, you are rocket-ship-forward - reaching your peak performance - which leads to satisfaction in all aspects of life.

Julia Child fumbled about for sometime before finding her purpose and passion in life - and she didn't find it until well into her 40's and she is one of many famous examples. Andrea Bocelli, Tenor, went to university and graduated from law school before he discovered and applied his beautiful voice later in life.

I worked with a client recently who was clearly caught up in the "money chase" - didn't matter what he did, as long as he made gobs of money. Truth of the matter - he was miserable, and it was affecting his family. He hadn’t yet discovered his purpose. He wasn't focused on doing what he was truly passionate about. Through a process I have used successfully for years, he "got" the answers – he discovered his passions and then felt he had true purpose. His life changed in positive ways and he reconnected with his family which was so important but often neglected.

You too may be in the same place.

• In a job that isn't giving back to you in more ways than money?
• In a life situation that isn't aligned with who you are, and who you want to be?

In one big word – you are disconnected.

Recall the moment in work or in a life situation when you were in your groove/zone, had your mojo. The time(s) when you were rocket-ship-ahead. What were you doing? Try to recall the circumstances. The answer should help you better your purpose & passion.

Still stuck?

Time to take control of your situation. Without an understanding of your purpose & passion in life, you cannot launch. Assessments can help; discussion with a professional always helps. Talk to your spouse or significant other. Talk to someone who knows you very well and can be brutally honest in their opinion. Visualize how you will feel and act - pursing your true purpose and passion.

Commit to be happy. Commit to having purpose. Follow your passions and you will succeed like never before.

And thank you for reading this. - Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
Cell: 518-641-8968
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