Confused About Your Soul’s Purpose? 3 Ways to Approach Your Life’s Work

What feeds your soul?

You want to have a home that feeds your soul, but how do you know what feeds your soul? The first step is to tune in to your soul’s purpose. There are two parts to your soul’s purpose. The first is what I call the Big P or your life’s work. It is what you were born to do. The second, I call the “little p”. Your little “p” is whatever your soul is calling you to do in the short term. We’ll talk about little “p” later but for now, let’s focus on the BIG P.

In general, there are three ways to approach your BIG P. The first is an Undertaking. For example, Jane Goodall’s BIG P or life’s purpose is to promote understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat. If you are a parent, your Big P undertaking may be to raise healthy and happy children.

The second approach is Creative Expression. Your life’s work may be to express yourself as a painter or actor or singer for example. You may have a cause or undertaking that you promote through your creative expression but that is not a requirement. You may create for creation’s sake. 

The last approach can be a bit tricky. I call it Omnipresent because it can be weaved into anything. While an Omnipresent purpose offers the most flexibility in how you may live it, it may also be frustrating to figure out how to live it.  

Walt Disney had an omnipresent purpose –  to make people happy. While Walt Disney’s approach to purpose was at first very general ultimately he chose a huge undertaking to live his purpose. But this is not a requirement. Let’s say you had the same purpose as Disney, to make people happy.  

You could choose to live it by making family, friends and co-worker’s laugh and that would be just fine. You don’t have to create a multi-billion dollar conglomerate to fully live your purpose if that is not what you are called to do.

I invite you to ask your soul how it wants you to approach your Big P. We’ll talk about the little p next week. In the meantime, if you feel so moved please let me know what your soul is calling you to do for your BIG P by writing comments below.

Until next week, I wish you well on your journey. 

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