Image of a bee sitting on a flower which is part of its purpose to collect to pollen

What’s the point of living a life on Purpose?

And does having a clear purpose even matter?

When it comes to finding your purpose, it looks as though there are two broad camps, those who believe in a spiritual perspective and those who believe in taking defined steps to find their purpose.

So, A spiritual essence or a practical process of discovery?

Writers like Eckhart Tolle and the late Wayne Dyer, invite us into the realm of inner transformation. For Tolle, purpose is intricately tied to the present moment, encapsulated in his concept of “The Power of Now.” Tolle argues that by being fully present in each moment, one uncovers a deeper sense of purpose that transcends external achievements. Wayne Dyer used to teach aligning one’s life with an inner essence. They promote a transition from ego-driven goals to a deeper connection.

In stark contrast, the gurus of the self-improvement space, ground the pursuit of purpose in tangible, actionable steps. Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” philosophy asserts that understanding the fundamental “why” behind our actions will provide a clear sense of purpose. By identifying a deeper motivation beyond mere success, individuals will foster a sense of fulfilment. In so doing, their clients or customers feel a greater sense of connection.

There is a potential synergy between these seemingly divergent views. Perhaps spiritual insights will infuse depth and meaning into the more practical frameworks.

Imagine a scenario where the spiritual journey of self-discovery, lays the foundation. I.e. when an individual has developed a heightened awareness and connection with their inner self, the practical methodologies will come into play. Finding “Why” becomes a guiding principle, steering actions with a profound sense of purpose. Is that enough?

Others strongly take the view, you effortlessly do what you’re good at and, by definition, you are in flow with your Purpose.

The pursuit of purpose is not a one-size-fits-all endeavour. The likes of Tolle and Dyer provide the map, guiding us to the inner sanctum of our being. Practical approaches such as “Ikigai,” the Japanese art of “a reason for being, have the potential to provide a framework of practical strategies.

What if you combine spirituality and practical strategies to fulfil your purpose?

What’s your take on it?

I’ll be sharing my view, and what the missing piece of the jigsaw is, in future posts.

ShelleyBridgman