One of the reasons that Tasha and I decided to build our blog around the theme of "transition" this year, is because we were both in the midst of multiple, layered life changes. You have joined us on this journey of frustrations and victories, doubts and hard-learned lessons, and we thank you. We get a kick out of your comments and shares, and we appreciate each member of our small but mighty audience. As this year comes to an end I want to prime you for the conversation I'd like us to have in 2018, a conversation about conviction.
One of the things that has become so clear in my mind during this year of change, is the need to identify those elements of life that must remain constant. Our connection to those core values, the stuff of life that we protect no matter what, is what grants us freedom from mental oppression and sustains our joy.
The sometimes crappy part of life is that we don't get to control everything that happens to us, the silver lining is that we ALWAYS get to control what we think about what happens to us and how we respond. We get to fight for what is most important. There is no fight, without conviction. And we cannot truly grasp conviction until we have determined our purpose--what we do that makes other people's lives better, who we do it for, and why we do it.
At Launching Legends, purpose is everything. It's the reason why I walked away from my first "real" job in 2015, and the reason why we pour so many midnight hours into our clients. Purpose is what author Panache Desai defines as a soul signature, the mission that has been hardwired into each human’s “spiritual DNA.”
There is nothing, no matter how substantial, that can fill the void in our lives where purpose is supposed to live. It is easy to trade purpose for substitutes like riches, busyness and popularity. Yet, even if someone is getting paid a lot of money to do a lot of important work that impresses a lot of people, it is still possible that purpose has eluded them. As my father often says "can do does not mean called to do.” The job that I left just before we launched this company was something I could do effectively and something that mattered to a lot of people, but it was not what I was born to do.
My hope is that over the next 12 months you will evaluate what it is that you truly believe and dare to bring your life into full alignment with those values. Let's begin by defining purpose. For me, purpose is worth fighting for. The smile I wear in the image above doesn't show my scars from the battles I fought to earn the right to wear that rather silly-looking graduation cap. My Ph.D. doesn't define me, what defines me is the perseverance I tapped into to finish the degree, because I knew it was part of my destiny. So tell me, what does purpose mean to you?