Once you find what you love you might assume that your work is done, but the road to purpose isn't that simple. I've found that purpose is never-ending and constantly splitting into new pathways for you to help new groups of people or narrow your focus on your current target group or problem.
My good friend Antwan Taylor on Mogul Motivation explains how innovation is embedded in ideas in his podcast.
He states, "Ideas are not pointless. Do all ideas work? No of course they don't; but even those that don't work can unlock something else in your mind".
In the same way, deeper purpose is embedded in every passion you have.
Therefore the question is: how can you navigate the purpose path without reaching a dead end? I've put this three-step guide together to help you navigate the purpose path, open yourself up to the forks in the road you will be presented with, and understand how to combine passions that seem to be pulling you in two different directions.
Find one thing you want to do and stick with it.
As I said in my last article regarding purpose, I never searched for purpose. It was through several discoveries that landed me here. However, I now realize that the most important part to those discoveries was consistency. If you are not consistent you will never know what really sparks your interest.
I started out loving event planning because of my creative and artistic edge. I had an opportunity to create atmospheres and make people happy. The moment I turned 18, I got a job working with an event promotions company in Washington, DC selling VIP sections and creating party themes. I was dedicated and consistent because I enjoyed it. From there I went on to plan events throughout college in various organizations and finally I started my own company, Prim and Planned LLC.
I planned events consistently for six years until I realized that it was not as satisfying as it once was. Imagine if I had been planning events on and off: it could've taken me twice as long to realize that this was one piece of my path - not the whole thing. Consistency allows you to wholly evaluate something without having to question your judgement. This helps ease the pain of step two of the purpose path.
Let go of your first thing and execute your new thing.
Sometimes when we've done something well for an extended period of time we are afraid to let it go. That's how I felt about event planning when I felt myself being called into the public speaking arena. I knew I could speak, but I had a proven record in event planning and production. I felt like I was throwing all of my hard work away. On top of that, this lovely epiphany decided to come to me when I was in the midst of taking my event to a new city. For weeks I drained myself trying to focus on both until one day I decided I was going to follow my heart.
I cancelled the event and focused solely on my public speaking brand and learning as much as I could about mental health and self-esteem. It was difficult, but necessary for me to grow and become who I am today.
I once heard someone say it's better to water one plant with what you have than to attempt spread the water you have over several plants. In other words, it's best to give your energy to one project and let it grow before you move on to something new. It doesn't mean you have to give up what you've been doing it just means you need to let it go to give one thing your energy and put it on hold until the time is right to pick it back up.
Decide how your first thing connects to your second thing and reconnect.
After getting neck deep into self-esteem research and speaking at a few events I had the opportunity to refine my target market and decide where I would take my message next.
Once again another epiphany hit me: I didn't need to stop doing events. I needed to start doing events that were meaningful instead of just social which would allow me to merge my event planning experience with all the research I had collected for the past year.
So this summer in Washington, DC I'll be teaching a master class on goal strategy called Refresh the Resolution and how to use purpose to get where you want to go. If you're looking for more support in purpose-seeking and how to properly utilize your gifts, I'll be happy to see you there.
The purpose path is narrow, winding, and never-ending so continue to be consistent, listen to your inner voice, and follow it to no end.
Gabriella Payne builds teams and communities through inspiration and strategic confidence development. She works with universities, athletic groups, and corporations to help students and recent graduates transform their mental thought patterns by teaching new, healthier habits. She is also an advocate for healthy relationships and teaches a series called "See It Coming".