Have you ever realized how sharing your life purpose and telling your story always seem to go hand in hand? Your story is what brought you to where you are at this very moment. Your falls and traumas and failures and scars are all part of your journey. And chances are, if you’ve discovered your life purpose, quite a few of those major pain points are what cracked you open to the process of self discovery.
This afternoon, in the middle of a minor surgical procedure, my doctor started asking me about what I do for a living and what life coaching is (many people haven’t heard of it yet) and then she hit me with one of the questions I hear most often (and the one that slowly peels away all of my own layers): “What made you decide to become a life coach?”
I started giving her the Cliff’s Notes version but then somehow, as it always does, my heart burst open and the words, “I lost my mom unexpectedly and that changed everything” zipped out of my mouth. Deep release.
From there, we went on to talk about how it was the lessons I learned about life (my life specifically and life in general) in those last moments of my mom’s life and the months following her death that I knew without a single doubt I needed and wanted to help guide others who’ve experienced great losses to search and find the meaning and purpose and LIFE that is there waiting to be found. Even (and especially) when your life has been turned upside down.
She shared with me her personal story about the patient (not much older than she was at the time) whose battle touched her life & helped solidify the path in medicine that she was meant to take. She said to me, “You’ll hear that a lot from doctors. There’s usually one patient or experience that changes them and helps them decide which direction to go.”
It’s kind of that way for us all, don’t you think? There’s usually an event or experience that illuminates the path we were created to walk. For me it was losing my mom so quickly, for her it was giving life back to someone who was once a stranger.
So, I invite you to think now about YOUR story. What are the defining moments that have steered you in the direction of your purpose? Tell your story. Share it with your family, your co-worker, your doctor, the person sitting next to you on the plane. Shoot, share it with me! The more you share it, the easier it becomes to allow your heart to burst open and allow your story of purpose to flow into the hearts and minds of others. Why do you do what you do? And if you don’t know what your purpose is yet, what are you waiting for?
Life is short, my friends. I mean that. And I say it with love. Start discovering your purpose by telling your story… Today.
As always, I’m here to support and guide you as your coach. You can learn more about working together here.