Sometimes I talk to people and I can tell that they are ready to discover their purpose. They don’t know what the journey entails or what to do but they are ready for whatever. They haven’t said this, but I can tell by what they are saying, that they are ready.
On other occasions when I’m talking to someone, I can tell that they simply are not ready to discover their purpose because they are not ready to do the work required.
You may be wondering if you’re ready to discover your purpose, so in this episode I’ll break down what to look for and I also cover some indicators of when you probably aren’t ready.
Indicators That You Are Ready
Here are some indicators that you are ready to discover your purpose.
You’ve achieved your personal goals but you feel unfulfilled
You feel like something is missing in your life. You’re no longer comfortable in your comfort zone.
This is where a lot of people think a career transition, a romantic relationship, or children is what they need to feel more significant and worthy.
But all of those things are the equivalent of treating the symptom instead of the root cause. It’s like when someone has a fever and a sore throat and they take medicine for the sore throat and try to break the fever. But a fever is a sign of an infection. Whatever medicine you take for the fever and sore throat, will not get rid of the infection, which is the root cause. It’ll only temporarily ease the symptoms.
Ultimately you’re restless because you are looking for joy and fulfillment in something that was never meant to provide it. You’ve attacked the symptoms, but the root cause, which is a lack of purpose, has not been treated.
You are inconsistent and you don’t finish anything you start
Here are some characteristics of consistent and inconsistent people
- Keep promises
- Follow through on commitments they’ve made
- Do not say one thing and do another
- Set and meet their goals
- Do not keep their promises
- Do not follow through on commitments they’ve made or others or to themselves
- Say one and do another
- Do not meet the goals they set
- Don’t see anything through to completion
To help paint this picture, I’m going to outline even further what consistency looks like, and what inconsistency looks like. This is how inconsistency shows up in everyday life:
- Not finishing books you start reading
- Canceling plans with friends to help them
- Signing up to learn a new hobby or skill only to stop going to the lessons after a few weeks
- Saying you want to live a healthier lifestyle but continuing to feed your body junk and treating it poorly (I’m talking to myself on this one lol); I need to fast from sugar
You’re all over the place and antsy because you don’t know what you want to do and nothing seems to be intriguing you or holding your attention.
Friend, this is an indicator that you’re ready to go on the journey to discover your purpose. There is something about walking in your purpose that makes you want to pursue purpose all the time. It isn’t something you get bored with.
Purpose speaks to those parts of you that move you and excite you in a way that you didn’t even know was possible. Purpose awakens the fight in you for something greater than yourself. If you’re inconsistent, this is a strong indicator that you’re ready to take the next step to discover your purpose.
Nothing you’re doing is working
You may be feeling like you’ve done everything you know how to do like reading books, seeking advice from people around you, watching motivational speeches, whatever you usually do when things start to go wrong. These things usually yield some results for you, like you’ve done this in the past and it’s worked but they are no longer working.
A lot of times when we insist on doing things our own way without any consideration for what God wants and intends, He lets us have our way.
But there are some times where God will block every single thing that you try to do and not allow it to happen.
This may seem like a bad place to be, but it’s where God wants you. You’ve exhausted all of your options and now you have no choice but to seek Him. He’s likely trying to redirect you to where you need to be.
Indicators That You Likely Are Not Ready
You don’t trust God. It’s one thing to do what God is telling you to do when it’s interesting to you and it’s in line with what you want to do. It’s another thing when God tells you to do something you don’t want to do—something that pushes you and scares you, because I’m going to be real with you, your purpose will push you and it will scare you.
When you don’t trust God, you won’t obey Him. You know? Disobedience is rooted in the fact that you don’t trust God. You don’t trust God with the unknown and unseen, which in a sense is backwards because Our sight and knowledge are both limited but God is all knowing and all seeing. He’s the only person who knows everything and sees everything, but for one reason or another, you don’t trust Him to show up.
And if this is the case for you, then you aren’t ready. I encourage you to try him. God and His word are not just meant to be read, studied, and memorized; it’s meant to be believed and obeyed.
If you need some support in this area, then I encourage you to listen to an episode of the show titled “How it’s Been Going Doing What God Said Despite Not Wanting To.” I dive into obedience and my experience with trusting God.
You aren’t open to spending more time reading your Bible or praying. Listen, there is no one way to get around this. One way that God speaks to you is through His Word. Trust me, you want to hear what He has to say to you about your purpose lol.
Eventually you have to make a decision. You will have to choose between the life you live or exist in now and the life God has for you and those you were created to serve. Period.
You get to decide.
If you are ready to take the next step to discover your purpose, then check out a free 2-minute quiz I created that will help you find your unique path to your purpose.
The quiz is the next best step because it will guide you to the things you can start working on now that will set you up for success before you do the work of positioning yourself for purpose.
You can find the quiz here. Your quiz results will get you started on the right path.
After you get your results, email me at email@example.com and let me know what you think about them.
If you enjoyed this episode, then you may also enjoy the episode of the show about how to overcoming distractions when pursuing your purpose or this episode detailing what to expect when operating in your purpose.
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