I speak a lot about Passion and Purpose mainly because I do believe we all have a purpose and it is possible to live in your passion. You may have to think creatively about the how, but it is possible. You will have to work hard but you have to work for everything in life.
Recently, in a meeting, we were all asked by the host what does your name mean. Initially, I didn’t know how the host would connect this to career coaching but I followed along and engaged in the activity. I searched online my name, Kristan to see what I would find. The first thing I read, Kristan is a Latin name and the meaning is “follower of Christ.” That left an impression because I know for me, purpose is in service. That is sharing my gifts with others so that they might, in turn, share their gifts with another and so on and so on.
Next, I clicked on one the links and it read extremes in fortune, health, and spirituality. Versatile, idealistic and intuitive are words used to describe someone with the name Kristan. Next, I read either you enjoy great success or you suffer misery; the solution is service to others. In that moment I could see the value in understanding the meaning in my name. I am eager, driven and strive to be successful. But, I have defined what success looks like for me and recognized years ago that the only way I can truly be happy in life is to reach success as I have defined it for me and not based on the expectations of others or how the world defines success.
The reason I share this with you is that in order to find true happiness in your life and be successful you first have to define what success is to you. You have to get to know yourself. Open your eyes to what is important to you, what it is that you value. Now, I’m not suggesting that doing a quick search and reading the meaning of your name will give you the answer. But, it might be a step in the process. Begin to get to know yourself. Identify your strengths, take note of when you feel accomplished, what small wins give you a sense of fulfillment. This will help you begin to identify your purpose and define success.
You may have already defined success and have an understanding of your purpose but you’re not living in it. And, that is because you are allowing fear to hold you back. Fear is toxic! If you try, you will always be able to find a reason why you shouldn’t do something that’s why you have to change the way you think. Begin to think how you can be successful in your purpose. Start to develop your plan and take action.
Living in my purpose,