There are times in your life when things become crystal clear--even when you didn’t know you needed clarity.
That time for me was roughly two months ago.
For many months up to that point, I had been working on a variety of projects--building an anonymous startup forum, running a subscription business, developing a collaboration tool for investors, working on ad hoc marketing projects, speaking, and writing.
Among the chaos of managing these multiple initiatives on a daily basis, I never really stopped to consider if that was what I wanted to (or should) be doing.
I knew that I never felt settled, but that comes with the territory. There was always something that needed to be done.
This past July, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Haiti, which I wrote about here. To say that it changed my life would be a massive understatement.
I won’t go into great detail, but I will say that I left knowing, unequivocally, that my path needed to change.
While Haitians didn’t have much in the way of material possessions, they had a surplus of purpose and passion.
I was inspired in the most unlikely of places and in the most unlikely of ways.
I returned from that trip knowing that my purpose needed to be defined and I needed to get back to my passions.
It became clear that I was unhappy--unhappy with how I was spending my time. Unhappy with never feeling settled. Unhappy with where I was heading.
If I were going to live out my purpose of helping others, I needed to be able to help myself first.
At that moment, I made the decision to start reducing my initiatives, with the goal of ultimately focusing 100 percent of my attention on a single objective.
Unsure what that would be, I explored the potential of each project I had been working on, as well as had many discussions with other companies.
As of this week, I completed the final stage of my objective by joining a company called Promoter, as its director of marketing--bringing me back to solely focusing on my professional passion of creativity and growth marketing.
While everyone finds clarity in his or her own way, if you feel stuck, I encourage you to consider doing the following:
Find your passion
Get away from routine. Spend time with people you are unfamiliar with. Simply put, give yourself the space to eliminate the obligations of your day-to-day life--even if for just one day.
Reflect on your happiness. Think about what truly brings you joy.
Find your purpose
Not to get too spiritual on you, but find a way to identify your higher purpose. What defines you? What do you want to be remembered for? And don’t worry if it’s not crystal clear; it never is.
Finding your passion and purpose will ultimately bring you the clarity you need to live a life that doesn’t suck.