For the last time in this brief series, we return to considering what kind of person we are. While this is the first time Everyday Success blog has addressed the subject, we’ll return to it now and again. In the meantime, as always, we’ll appreciate your thoughts and ideas.
The idea for these posts came from a recent interview in which we learned that a fashion designer knew early in her life what kind of woman she wanted to be. That made us wonder, what defines us a person.
Your purpose in life. This is a difficult question. Some of us appear to know exactly what to do with their life while others of us struggle to find our place in the world. It could be you’ve not even spent time considering your purpose.
If you’ve not yet identified your purpose in life, begin by reviewing the words you’ve gathered in response to all the categories we’ve considered in this series – physical presence, personality, relationships and values. Then, start picturing your purpose. Write and rewrite. Trial balloon ideas to see what feels right for you.
While writing, ask yourself about your passions, the things you love doing. What is it you are doing when you lose track of time? Those are the things that bring you deepest satisfaction. And, those are the things that offer a glimpse into your purpose.
If, after writing and thought, you still struggle with identifying your purpose in life, start a dialog with a close friend, a partner or perhaps a sibling. Be sure you choose someone who cares about your well-being.
This is not a test; there is no right or wrong purpose. Purpose is uniquely you; it’s what you are all about. Not only that, it may take you some time to decide what your true purpose really is.
Your hallmarks. Finally, what are your hallmarks? Hallmarks are things that make you especially distinctive. Hallmarks are different from all the other categories. For example, a hallmark related interests might be your work on behalf of animal rights. Or, a physical attributes might be your red hair or an artful and ever so visible tattoo.
Some women have selected a piece of jewelry as a hallmark. Others, like Carrie Bradshaw, make their love of shoes a hallmark. Hallmarks are not your purpose. Rather, they are a demonstration of a particular personal passion.
Hallmarks speak volumes about who you are. What would you say are your special hallmarks?
Now that you’ve thought more deeply about the kind of person you are, again, what are the three words you used to describe yourself at the start of this series?
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Were three enough? As you’ve likely concluded after reading these blogs, there’s so much that describes each of us. That's why we've added a fourth entry line above. You may want to use ten words, maybe even more. What kind of a woman are you? What kind of a man are you? The answer may not be clear to you today but your life’s journey will be guided by the kind of person you choose to be.