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How is someone’s life better because they crossed your path?

November 13, 2016 by  
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( Why are you here? I don’t mean why are you here reading this message right now. Instead, why are you here on this planet at this time, born into the family you were born into, with your unique gifts and talents, with your experiences? There is indeed a reason you are here. It’s your purpose. Some call it your mission. We all have one. Our job is to discover what it is and live it. When you get to the end of your life, don’t you want to be able to say, “Mission accomplished“?

It is a sad state of affairs when our mission is fuzzy. We feel a little lost, even if to the rest of the world it looks like we know exactly where we are going. I remember winning honors and awards in my previous career field, yet feeling a deep dissatisfaction with my work. Because I was good at my profession, the people around me assumed I was happy and purposeful. But deep down, I knew something was off. Life can have all the external accolades of 00black-women-talking_excludesuccess, but if there is no purpose to what you are accomplishing, you’ll feel a black hole – an empty place in your soul that wants true fulfillment. That true fulfillment comes from knowing you are living on purpose.

One day, while coaching a client who was struggling to articulate her life’s mission, a question just rolled off my tongue: How is someone’s life better when they cross your path? She immediately began describing her mission, “Well, I am a bridge builder who connects people, ideas and resources so a person’s life is better because I help them make the right connection.” Just like that. Crystal clear. She articulated her purpose. Over the years, this powerful question has helped many people get crystal clear.

Without a lot of introspection and pondering, answer this question from your gut: How is someone’s life better when they cross your path?

We are all here for a reason – leaving the world in some way better than it would otherwise have been without us. The fun part is that we get to accomplish that mission using our own uniqueness – our gifts, strengths, passion and experiences. While you are likely not the only person in the world with your particular mission, you are the only one who can accomplish it the way you can. There are people God has uniquely equipped you to impact. They connect with you. They are around you. They are impacted by you. I’m not the only author whose mission is inspiring women to live fulfilling lives, but for some reason right now, something caused you and me to connect. So with you, in this moment, I get to live out my mission. Who will you connect and live out your purpose with today?

My challenge to you:

Articulate your purpose in one simple sentence.

Coach Yourself:

How is someone’s life better because they crossed your path? In what way(s) are you living out your purpose right now?

Written by Valorie Burton

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