Who Are You Really? The urgency of finding your true purpose

Hell on earth would be to, one day, meet the woman I could have been.

I don’t know about you, but the above thought sends a strong vibration up and down my spine. Furthermore, it has me probing the question of purpose. You see, if we are to become the women we were created to be, we must first discover the purpose that each of us has been uniquely created to carry out.

That’s right, you were crafted for a unique purpose, and the treasure of who you really are awaits within this divine intention. In other words, there is great urgency in the finding of a woman’s true north, because without it you risk living a shallow life as opposed to one of depth and fulfillment. And, a deeply fulfilling life is, after all, the life you deserve. So, let’s get to it.

Living from a deep place isn’t easy when daily life is cluttered and busy. It is true that our fast-paced world is not a friendly environment for the discovery of true purpose. Knowing your purpose, though, is key to everything and it directs you in all things: the work you do, the relationships you choose, the places you live, how you love and connect. I often say: if you don’t have your purpose down, you don’t have anything down.

I believe that most women are hungry, even aching, to realize their true purpose. They desire living a life of true essence, which in my view, is the most empowering way to live.

I urge you to make time to honor the voice within and discover your purpose. I don’t want you to live another day without the knowledge of who you really are, as it offers direct access to an incredible source of clarity — one that allows for decisiveness of choice and action. When you know your purpose, making decisions no longer causes suffering or stress because you are clear in your values: the values that are securely rooted within you.

Before I share a few simple steps to discovering purpose, I’d like you to read this quote by the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson:

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

The errand, my friend, is your purpose. That thing you are uniquely qualified to give to the world. We often get our purpose confused with what we do, instead of understanding that our purpose is who we are.

So, let’s now begin the journey to your unique and God-inspired purpose. I should note that this is a process that I personally use daily: a process of discovering or reconnecting with true purpose and illuminating this place of radiance. Again, this is what has worked for me and I want to share it with you.

  1. Find a quiet place, a space that inspires you and puts you at ease. Settle into this sacred moment and give yourself permission to explore your purpose, and appreciation for loving yourself in this kind way.
  2. Set your voice recorder to record what comes to you during this time of prayer and meditation.
  3. Take three deep and soulful breaths and give gratitude for everything in your life. In my own personal process, I say a prayer and thank God for his love and his guidance throughout my life. I ask Him to bless this quiet time and to speak to me words of my purpose.
  4. Then, I listen. I listen soulfully. I listen openly. When a word or words come to me, I speak them out loud. Remember, you’re recording so there is no need for writing things down at the moment. This process can take 10 minutes or upward of an hour, so you don’t want to interrupt the flow of inspiration.
  5. Once you’ve completed the process, say thank you for the inspiration that you’ve received. Say it out loud. Listen to the recording and write down the words that came to you — and through you — during your quiet time. Circle the words that showed themselves most often during this quiet time. You’ll normally discover that two or three words are verbalized, during your recording sessions, more than others. Identify those words and you’ll begin to discover a pattern. In my own purpose journeys, the words giver and goodness continued to surface. It became clear to me that my purpose is as a giver of goodness. This is how I show up every day in the world, it’s how I move through my life, and it’s how I create the work that I do.

I am in this world to give goodness. This truth directs me and keeps me on path to becoming all that I am created to be. It’s my anchor, it’s my purpose. From it, all things grow that enrich and fulfill my life.

If you’re hungry to identify what on earth you are here for, then I urge you to take time to discover purpose. This is not a one-time practice, no, it’s a process you’ll want to visit daily — if possible — as you connect to the very core of who you are, and why you’re here. There’s no time to waste! Harness the energy of your purpose and begin blossoming into the woman you were created to be. And, that is nothing short of Heaven on earth.

Onward to purpose,

Michelle Madrid-Branch is an author, speaker and global advocate for women and children. She is the host of The Greater Than Project, a web series exploring the greatness within women. She is also the author of Adoption Means Love: Triumph of the Heart, The Tummy Mummy, and Mascara Moments: Embracing the Woman in the Mirror.

You can connect with Michelle on Twitter @LetHerBeGreater or on Facebook. To learn more about Michelle, please visit MichelleMadridBranch.com.