I have a colleague who recently told me she was trying to find her purpose. She also shared that last year she was asked to chair a board for a hospice that has grown exponentially under her leadership. I asked why she didn’t see that as a purpose. She quickly dismissed her efforts and said, “No, that’s too easy.”
It should be easy. Purpose is the by-product of developing our natural gifts and giving them generously. Whether it’s helping people organize themselves, caring for others, or solving difficult problems, people in need of our gifts will find us. We don’t need to waste time seeking.
Instead of looking for a purpose, ask yourself where you are already giving. What do you do that feels effortless? Embrace the positive impact you have on others, and if you have capacity, offer more.