• Matthew Trethewey

Finding My Purpose

Updated: Jun 28

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something." -Winston Churchill

What am I meant to be doing?

How could I best leverage my unique skills, gifts and talents?

What job excites me so much that I'd be willing to do it for free, but it could provide me with all the income I want?

A few years ago, I used to ask myself these questions. I had decided to take a calculated risk — a huge one. I was going to initiate massive changes in my life. I decided that, no matter what, I would go for it and not look back. It was a done deal. No regrets. But I wasn't ready to make a move yet. One thing kept holding me back: I hadn't figured out what I would do next! Sound familiar?

I believe everyone is born with a purpose. I also think that identifying, acknowledging, and honouring this purpose is the keystone of feeling happy and content. So taking the time to understand what we're here to do and then pursuing that with enthusiasm has the potential to bring us absolute joy.

Without having a purpose, it's easy to go off course. And we know when this is happening: we sense something's not right or feel unhappy or stuck. I know these feelings all too well; I've been there for far too long. Life is short; don't waste time!

On the other hand, being on purpose means we're doing what we love to do, doing what we're good at, and achieving what's important to us.

We are born with an inner guidance system that tells us when we are on or off purpose by the amount of joy we are experiencing. So put, if we're feeling happy, and it's consistent, then we're doing what is suitable for us.

Before entering the world of self-help and personal development, I worked as a schoolteacher. After ten years of hard work, I had worked my way up to earn a high salary (by teachers' standards!) and enjoy a well deserved, comfortable workload. But, even though I love to teach, I was dissatisfied and bored with my job. I'd accomplished everything I had set out to do. However, I knew I had much more to give; I want to make a more significant difference in the world. So I desperately sought a new challenge. But I had no idea about what else I could do. So, not for the first time in my life, I was stuck.

Thankfully, later on, in a workshop led by a brilliant and renowned success trainer, I, along with the other participants, was taken through a series of exercises to help us clarify our purpose.

These exercises, along with some quiet reflection, enabled me to see and create my purpose (mission) statement, which I read often.

I've discovered that I'm here to move your business, career and personal life forward and help you create what you want, whatever it may be.

Since I worked out what my purpose is, I organise all my activities around it. I'm no longer a schoolteacher; I'm a coach and trainer now. And I'm only interested in things that energise me; I avoid, reduce or eliminate anything that drains me. If something doesn't align with my purpose, I don't do it.

So, if you're feeling happy and content with your current reality, I'm genuinely glad for you. You might be one of the "lucky" ones who is already living out their purpose. Carpe diem!

But for anyone else, and I believe this includes most people, including me, a short while ago, I encourage you to question and discover what your real purpose may be.

With a purpose, everything seems to fall into place. All the right people, opportunities and resources you need tend to gravitate towards you. The world benefits, too, because when you align with your life purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others.

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