I Lost My Purpose and 7 Other Paralyzing Myths

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“woman in black camisole standing near river” by Bryton Udy on Unsplash

I was 20 the year I lost my purpose.

An adventure of faith. Changing lives in practical heart-melty ways. Hearing stories from around the world…I wanted in!

I secretly hoped that would happen to me.

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But living my dream wasn’t all bliss.

I was getting desperate to know my purpose and direction.

So I returned home, feeling more lost than ever.

The cost of losing your purpose

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“woman in black camisole standing near river” by Bryton Udy on Unsplash

1. My purpose is about finding the right (or pre-destined) destination for my life. If I miss it, I risk screwing up my entire life.

2. My purpose earns my value and worth by doing something helpful or significant.

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“person reaching hands on each other” by rawpixel on Unsplash

3. My purpose and value depend on my success and status.

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4. Purpose is ONE thing (one role, one achievement, one direction) for my whole life

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“woman and a baby sitting on the ground” by Katie Emslie on Unsplash

5. My purpose has to be my career (or my purpose can’t be in a career)

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“woman writing on white paper” by Ana Tavares on Unsplash

6. My purpose is determined by what culture or others imply

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7. I must know everything about my purpose before I choose a direction or take action.

I‘m a mom, purpose coach and author of Dare to Decide: Discovering Peace, Clarity and Courage at Life’s Crossroads (July 2020).

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