Many feel that this pause is what we needed to reflect and review how we spend our lives and what we will do differently when it is all over and we enter our new normal.
For some it has highlighted their values and how important it is to live by them – such as family and friends. For others there is an increased awareness that they have more than enough stuff, and their need for materialism has waned to the point that they are de-cluttering, creating free space in their lives.
But one thing I am hearing more recently is that quest to find purpose. The search to rediscover what they are meant to be doing with their lives. Having a business is no longer enough. They want to make a difference and are hunting for a way to do so.
So how do you find your “purpose”? To be honest, I am not sure that we each have a predetermined role we have to play in life and that with some careful thought we will reach an ‘aha’ moment and voilà we have found our purpose.
Plus, this is not about packing in your business or job, but more about tapping into what lights you up and brings you joy.
Self awareness. Perhaps a starting point is to become aware of your strengths and talents. Sometimes we are not sure what they are, so ask around. Check with family and friends. Ask them what you’re good at. Write it down. We can be too modest and often take for granted a skill or talent that comes easily to us, whereas for others it is challenging.
Making a difference. Next ask yourself what you most care about? Whose lives would you like to improve? Children? Women? The Homeless? Animals? Or maybe it is the environment that you want to impact. Think about how you could use your talents to help the causes you want to serve.
Do your homework. Once you have narrowed down who or what you want to help, check out the charities or organizations that serves that population or cause. Contact them and ask how you can get involved. And remember, it is more than just writing a cheque.
Volunteer. Giving back can give you a better perspective on the lives of others. It also doesn’t have to be lifetime commitment, but is a way to narrow down where you want to spend your time.
You may also want to check out your local Rotary Club as there you will be connecting with other like-minded individuals and will learn and work in a wide range of projects that impact society.
Time available. Ask yourself how much time you want to devote to your “cause”. Start small and if this is the right move for you, you can free up more time as you go along.
Further education. As you find your new direction, you may find that you want to learn more and take courses to further your knowledge and ability to help.
I feel very fortunate in that making a difference in the lives of women – be it mothers, teen mothers, women in abusive relationships or women business owners – has been a driving force throughout my career and I have been in a position to help. The one common goal was helping women realize their potential in whatever they were doing.
My point is that once you have determined your direction, it can change and evolve as your interests change, but it can become a rewarding constant in your life.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.