Purpose of Life: Are You on a Focused Path?

As part of my new endeavor, in May 2010, I continued blogging with a new purpose under Free in the Spirit, which has its own history, as this blog originated before I became a Life Coach. I spent the past five years honing my skills and shifting my focus because I realized that it was easy to become a Life Coach but not so easy to establish a niche, as the market is huge.

So here I am again blogging but not under Free in the Spirit. This blog is intentionally related to my niche and my destiny. But I purposely included some of my old posts here as well. When I wrote 40 Days of Success back in 2010, it was my first attempt to write on purpose. I have known since I was a teen that I was a writer but I failed to focus my craft over the years.

As you will see in those posts, there were some days when I did not have a clear focused topic. But I published something anyway because the goal was to write for 40 days straight. I will admit that it was not easy either. There were days when I did not want to continue but I knew if I quit, then I would not be successful as a writer.

Never confuse activity with productivity. — Rick Warren

Focused for a Purpose

I was being proactive but was I really being productive? No, I was attempting to become productive but during that 40 days I did not produce much. Why? I lacked focus. My writing did not have a focus. I wrote about random things which as a collective did not amount to one solid piece of work. I realized this when I attempted to rewrite the series into a short e-book. Upon careful review, I found that in the entire 40 days I only produced five consistent pieces that I could bring together into one solid e-book, called The Cycle of Failure. I did have some decent posts in the last ten days, as I became more focused and deliberate about the content. But during that time the purpose of my writing was to create discipline as a writer.

Lack of focus will have you spiraling in all directions, always starting things but rarely completing anything. I continued to write sporadically until 2013, when my voice went silent. I was silent because I did not have focus nor a purpose for the blog. I allowed God to pour into me and I began a five-year journey towards purpose. I went back to school to focus my craft of writing and Life Coaching as I knew this was my destiny. But I also knew that I would not be effective in either unless I allowed God to show me how to use them purposefully. It was a long journey and it took much discipline because I had to shut people out as I became purposeful in the use of my time and energy.

Focus Feeds Purpose

Today is quite different for me. As a result of my purposeful endeavors I am focused. I have been writing consistently now for two years. I completed a book, write poetry daily, and am currently working on two other books. I write on my phone, my tablet, in many notebooks, on my computer, and anything else that will allow me to record. I now have enough content to write several books. I launched out into the world of fiction writing and now maintain two blogs producing focused, deliberate content on a weekly basis. Very seldom do I sit down and struggle to find something to write about because knowing why I am doing this empowers me to create.

My purpose for writing is to be the voice for the voiceless, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and empower them to live on purpose. Writing is the vehicle God has given me to uplift others by sharing my journey and by showing others that anything is possible when you believe, in God first, then in yourself. Allowing God to shift your focus is the first step towards living on purpose.

Speak out on behalf of those who have no voice,
and defend all those who have been passed over.
9 Open your mouth, judge fairly,
and stand up for the rights of the afflicted and the poor. – Proverbs 31:8-9 (Voice Translation)

Start Your Own Business

There is so much involved in starting a business. It takes a lot of work and patience to successfully launch a business and turn a profit. However, many people underestimate the investment of time and planning that is involved before you get your first client or before the major expansion.

In 2010 my company celebrated ten years in business. I could not believe it had been that long. I started out part-time, just to have something to do while I was at home with my children. I grew to love the independence, the power in setting your own agenda, and helping others with their visions. I was making pretty good money on a part-time basis began to explore working the business full-time. But my life plan did not permit me to launch my business full-time.

Plan, Plan and Plan More

That did not stop me though. During my fifth year in business I started planning to launch the business full-time. I was going to launch when my youngest went to school all day. I conducted research and revised my business plan. I decided how I was going to expand, getting office space, adding additional services, and advertising. But it did not happen then. Life happened and I had to alter those plans slightly.

But life dealt me a pretty good hand back in December 2009 when I got laid off from my full-time job. My entrepreneurial spirit was reborn and I began a journey to revitalize my business. It feels good to see those plans come to life. In the process I added a new service, Life Coaching. Which I am passionate about and realize that I have been coaching most of my professional life.

New Opportunities

As our country recovered from the recession, companies were slow to hire. Therefore many are still without jobs. Although there is some growth in the job market, the game has changed. Now most entry-level positions require at least a bachelor’s degree. As a result many workers are displaced, including myself. But I turned this into an opportunity.

As I stated earlier, in 2010 I introduced Life Coaching. Since then it has become my primary business and I now longer have the original business that I started 15 years ago. I also returned to school to complete my bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Life Coaching to better position me for business opportunities as a Life Coach. When you are in business people want to know that you are a qualified professional in your area. Therefore pursuing additional education and credentials will lend credibility to your business.

I believe that independent contractors will fair better because companies are still weary about being saddled with the long-term expenses of carrying additional employees. Therefore, we will begin to see a trend of short-term contract positions. One of the most recent surges in this area can be seen with the company Uber, who hires drivers as independent contractors using their own vehicles to offer their transportation services. Traditionally a company would have purchased a fleet of vehicles and hired drivers. But this would have also cut into their profits. Are you ready to market yourself as an Independent Contractor? Do you know where to start?

Discover Your Passion

Start by discovering your passion and then what your marketable skills are. Look at some of the positions you are interested in and consider submitting a proposal to the hiring manager to bring you on as an independent contractor. But do your homework first. Research the type of service you want to provide and make sure that there is a demand. You must also make sure that you price your services appropriately. Ask for what you are worth but make sure it fits within industry standards and that you can justify your rates.

I am so thankful for those early years because I learned a lot about being in business, discovered my passion, and life purpose. I did my homework and planned how I to get started as an independent contractor and how to conduct my business. Those years of planning served as my foundation so when it is time to really launch, all I have to do is dust off my business plan, update some things, and get started.

In order to be successful in business your life plan needs to compliment your business plan. What ever you decide to do, do it passionately, and live your life on purpose.