The number one reason to procrastinating following your life purpose is overwhelm, and this is especially true if your life purpose is spiritually focused. Ask anyone on a spiritual path to tell you what their purpose is, and I guarantee you’ll get something in the lines of “I want to empower people”, “I want to make a difference in my community”, or even “I want to change the world”.
How does one even begin to follow a purpose of such enormity!?
Ever since I was a young boy I also felt the need to make a positive contribution to the world. Yet, it wasn’t until last year that I consciously made the decision to do so. Although I had been involved with spirituality, and had been coaching people for the past eight years, I’d never thought that this could actually be my career. The task of ‘changing the world’ was a colossal one to take, so instead I found security in practicing spirituality in my free time, and turning my purpose into a hobby.
Your Purpose is Valid
Before I give you the one piece of knowledge that helped me eradicate my overwhelm and start following my life purpose, know this:
Your spiritual life purpose is valid. All the hunches you’re having about bringing light to the world and changing people’s lives are accurate. Your dreams are not bigger than you, they are only bigger than your ego. Your Divine Self knows this, and has the wherewithal to show up for your purpose in a massive way. If you’ve ever doubted the validity of your purpose, consider this a confirmation that you are on the right path.
Your Purpose is Like a Skyscraper
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King
What helped me deal with my overwhelm was the realization that our life purpose is not just a staircase that we need to climb step by step; it’s a freaking skyscraper with tens, if not hundreds, of staircases. How are you supposed to know what’s on the top of the skyscraper when you’re only making your way up the first floor?
What’s assuring about this analogy is that you are not really meant to see the complete picture of your life purpose, simply because it is not possible to do so! And if something is not possible then there’s no reason to be bothered with it.
What is possible is taking Martin Luther King’s advice to take the first step in faith that it’ll eventually lead you to the top. And if you find yourself struggling to cultivate faith, remind yourself that your life purpose is not really yours; you are simply a conduit through which God can fulfill His purpose through you. Your job is just to listen and follow the guidance. (Read my article It’s Not Your Life Purpose. It’s God Purpose for a deeper explanation of this concept.)
What’s the most obvious next step to following your life purpose? And what’s keeping you from taking this step? Is it overwhelm, or something else?
Let me know in the comments below.