The Purpose Challenge

This week on the blog, I'm talking about something I am very passionate about - purpose! I am a big believer in doing what you love and loving what you do! This is because I know without a doubt that each one of us was placed on earth for a purpose. We aren't just placed here to take up excess space or make up numbers, neither are we here to go to school just so that we can get a job to pay off our bills and higher education debts. Nope! I believe that each one of us can be much more than that. We all have a part to play in effecting change, whether that be directly in our own local communities, nationally or globally. But no purpose is irrelevant! So, I have compiled this series to share just a few pointers on how to effectively walk in your purpose. And if you're not quite sure what that purpose is, then the first point is especially for you. 

The first thing you need to do is to ask yourself: what do I really enjoy doing the most? Or as has been more popularly asked, what do you enjoy doing so much that you can do it for free? Is it writing? Is it singing? Or are you a performing arts enthusiast? What is it? That thing that you love doing the most is called passion! And passion forms the foundation for purpose. The two entities go hand-in-hand. Once you've figured out  what you're so passionate about think about how you can develop your skills in that area. You always need to develop and hone your skills before you start running off to draft a business plan!

Write it Down! The Bible says in Habakkuk chapter 2 and verses 2 and 3, "write the vision and make it plain...that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time...though it tarries, wait for it because it will surely come." I have kept journals since I was about the age of 16. Journaling is my way of expressing my emotions without having to actually say them out loud, and keeping a reminder of those things I want to see happen in my life.  Looking back at my journals reminds me of the goals I have set myself and the things I prioritised at certain points in my life, and I find that this reminder motivates and inspires me even more to pursue my purpose. Some goals I have achieved and some I haven't just yet. But for those goals I haven't yet reached, that scripture in Habakkuk always encourages me because I know that every "vision"or dream I have is for an appointed time. Just because it isn't happening now or won't happen in the next year doesn't mean it will never happen. Writing down your dreams gives you something to work towards.

Focus! In order to do this you'll need to cut out the distractions; those little things that consume your day and don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Eg.: social media, useless hours of conversations that add no value, generally being a couch potato. This will help you to prioritise the things that really matter and concentrate on achieving that big picture in your head. I'll give you an example: at the beginning of the year I decided to go on a social media 'fast' (lol!). So I basically deleted all my social media apps from my phone and avoided them for just over two months. That period really helped me to define the things I really wanted to accomplish over the next year in my life (one of them being to relaunch Kike's Closet). It helped me to define what I really wanted out of Kike's Closet and what was even more important was that it helped me to clear my mind of the thoughts and 'worries' that really didn't matter, and gave me such a fresh perspective of the things that were happening in my life at the time. Next time I think I'll try a television / movie fast (yikes!)

Stop procrastinating!! Honestly, procrastination is the killer of all hopes and dreams!! Before you know it, days turn to weeks, weeks to months, months to years and you find that you still haven't done that thing you said you were going to do 'tomorrow' or 'maybe later'. One of the things that can fool a person who procrastinates is the notion of 'I'm waiting' ie. I'm waiting for funding or to raise enough money to build my business. Or waiting to put everything in place first because it has to be perfect! I myself have fallen into this trap a number of times. I used to say these things to myself because at heart I can be such a perfectionist, which isn't always a good thing. Don't let the notion of waiting fool you! Start small if you need to and with all the available resources at your disposal. Which leads me to my next point...

Do not despise your little beginnings. Rome was not built in a day, neither can a multi-million pound / dollar company. At the start of pursuing that thing you're so passionate about, discouragement is bound to come even from the people you thought would be rooting for you the most, but you can't let discouragement stop you from achieving your greatness. In fact, I often see discouragement as a learning opportunity.

Make the most of every opportunity. Don't pass up anything that you think is "too small" because you never know where a small opportunity might take you. But in saying this, also avoid taking up an opportunity out of desperation - especially something that doesn't align with your brand and passion.

Positive Vibes Only! Surround yourself with the right group of people that will actually encourage you, inspire you and not allow you to give up! Those people that will call you late at night and be like, "Kike, so how far with your blog?!" Surround yourself with like-minded people who are equally as passionate about pursing their purpose. If it's business you're into, surround yourself with business minded people who you can rub minds with and feed ideas off.

I'll stop here for now and continue next week with a couple more pointers. I hope you've enjoyed this post as much as I have in writing it. If you're as passionate as I am in pursuing purpose, let me know some of the steps you've taken to do so by leaving a comment below! or if you have any questions about the points I've shared in this post please feel free to ask - I don't bite :)

Lots of Love, K.G

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