The Importance of Finding Your Purpose (Great Coaches Need to Know This)

Great things happen when you find and follow your purpose as a life coach. It’ll change your life and the lives of people around you, and you can also positively impact the world. 

There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born, and how you become most truly alive.

I love this quote because there is a lot of truth in it. Honouring your calling makes you animated and brings out the best in you. It also gives you a level of satisfaction that you cannot find anywhere else. 

But before you can honour your calling, you first need to figure out exactly what it is. 

That’s what we’re going to discuss in this article. We’ll talk about what it means to have a purpose and why it’s important to find your why as a life coach.  

What is Your Purpose? 

Finding out what your purpose is could be difficult, especially if you don’t understand what the concept is all about. That’s because purpose is not something that’s easily explained, and its meaning differs for each and every person. 

My purpose will likely be different from your purpose. And there’s a good chance that your purpose will be different from your next-door neighbour’s. 

In simple terms, purpose is the reason you get out of bed in the morning. But I’m not talking about getting up to go to work so that you can pay your bills – that’s not your true purpose. It’s way deeper than that. 

Your purpose fuels your passion. It feeds your soul and gives you a sense of fulfilment and happiness when you do it. It’s like that feeling you get when you teach a 5-year-old how to ride a bike or teach an older person a new skill that they’ve never had their whole life. 

To put it in another way, your purpose is what you would do even if you got no reward for doing it

The personal and spiritual reward you receive from doing that stuff is enough for you. In fact, they’re what keeps you going. That’s why, more often than not, your purpose is something that helps other people. 

So, take a moment to think about yourself. What are the selfless things that you’d do even if you weren’t rewarded for it? 

Is it running a support group for addicts?

Is working as a nurse in an assisted living facility?

Is it sharing your weight loss journey to inspire others?

Or is it turning an empty lot into a community garden? 

Come up with a list of those selfless things you love to do that you’re good at. Write them on a piece of paper. Keep that list somewhere, take a walk, and come back to it with a clear mind. Identify the one thing on the list that has you brimming with ideas and dreaming of its potential. That’s a likely candidate for your calling. 

By now, you should have a vague idea of what your purpose is. Start small and see where that takes you. 

For some people though, their calling will start small and remain small. But for others, it may start small and grow into something big – it could involve changing the world, one person at a time. 

There is no right or wrong answer here. It just has to be right for you.

Why You Need to Know Your Purpose

Knowing what your calling is and following it impacts your life on several levels. That’s because amazing things start to happen to you when you live up to your purpose. You might even enjoy the benefits of following your calling just as much, or even more, than the people you’re helping. 

So, what are those benefits?

First, you start to have a powerful sense of worth. 

The more time and energy you spend fighting for your why, the better you feel about the person you are. You will feel like you matter and that you are impacting the world positively with your efforts. 

That’s because you’re passionate about your calling and as such, you’ll do a great job in executing it. You will put in elite effort to make things as perfect as they can be. It may take you weeks or even months to finally get it right, but it won’t matter – you will put in the hard work. 

You care deeply about this cause and you’ll take pride in achieving those results. This will give you a deep sense of accomplishment. This, in turn, boosts your self-worth.

Second, you’ll have a deep sense of fulfilment. 

As you’re helping others live better lives, you’re also leading a good life yourself. It also makes you feel like you’re making a difference in your world and in the world of those around you. And that’s fulfillling, right? 

But that’s not all. 

Doing something that makes your heart sing brings meaning to your day. Suddenly, everything in your world is right. You’re in a better mood and you’re getting more stuff done since you’re feeling like you’re doing something fulfilling. 

The result of all of that is the third key benefit: happiness. 

So, you could say the key to being happy in life is to know your purpose and follow it. 

On the other hand, if you don’t know your purpose, or you know it but don’t follow it, you’ll dread what you have to do each day. 

Work will be stressful and you’ll feel like nothing you do makes a difference. You will put in the hours and stare at the clock each day, waiting for work to end. And once that happens, you’ll rush home to dull the ill feeling with Netflix or wine, etc. 

Find Your Purpose. Live a Fulfilling Life 

If you want to be a great life coach, finding your purpose is sacrosanct. This entails finding selfless acts that you’d enjoy doing even if you weren’t paid for them. But it’s something that you have to find out for yourself – purpose differs from one person to another. 

Once you find your purpose, you start feeling better about yourself. It’s because you will positively impact the people around you. And ultimately, you will live a better, happier life. 

So, figure out what it is you want to do with your life. 

When you do, the real change and the real fun starts. You won’t mind hard work and you’d be ready for the journey – which may be exhausting but equally rewarding. 

And I promise you… it’s worth it.

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Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching College.