May 30

Finding Your Purpose

Finding Your Purpose

By Deborah Johnson

May 30, 2018

Goals, healthy habits, Inspirational speaker, leadership, mindsets, persistence, personal development, positive self talk

Feeling Old?

When halftime hits, the thought of finding and fulfilling one's purpose is more prevalant than ever. However, the head trash creeps in, Maybe I'm too old to start thinking about purpose and reinvention! Anyone feel that way? Maybe I'm too old to actually learn anything new-especially with all the new technology! But yet, we want to leave our little mark in the world!

Making What You Do Count

Picking and choosing what to do and how to spend precious time becomes more important at halftime for both men and women. That is why it's crucial to have some sort of mission or purpose statement. This shifts slightly through the years, but it's helpful to know what your focus is and how it will be sustainable.

How easy is it for you to get distracted? As an artist with multiple ideas each second, there are many rabbit trails that could lead me away from my purpose. Anyone else identify with that? Finding what you really, really love to do and discovering how to make that viable and productive with a sense of purpose is not easy when you love to do multiple things!

Find What You Love to Do

I encourage you to not waste time. Find what you love to do and create a plan to incorporate it in your line of work. By doing this, you create a sense of excitement and anticipation to get up every morning. That's not only good for your health but actually keeps you young! 

For me personally, I absolutely love to create content, whether video, songs, or courses. So my business structure incorporates those skills to provide courses and shows that will have impact and influence. Notice I focus on the word content. Within that is the production of songs, videos and courses within a business structure that doesn't just focus on the content by itself.

My purpose is also to create enough intellectual property to be self-sustaining in a  published format that can be licensed. It's acually freeing to continue to perform and write music as well as speak--those inquiries keep coming, for which I'm very thankful! But if I were just focusing on getting the next gig, whether in speaking or music, I'd be the desperate artist living in my car!

Steps to Defining or Revising Your Purpose

  1. Repeat this phrase every day: I am not too old or stupid to learn or do something new!
  2. Identify: Write down what you absolutely love to do. Try to find the root of what that is. 
  3. What do you want to be known for? This doesn't always matter to everyone. In fact, there are those who really don't care. This doesn't have to be a huge monumental project. It can be to be a good mom, dad or grandparent. Or or one who is kind to others. Or one that serves in the community to make the world a better place. Everyone is different. Find your focus.
  4. Evaluate how you're spending your time. Time is your most precious asset. Spend it wisely and take time to enjoy what you love to do. You're worth it!
  5. Don't hesitate to hire a coach to help you with this process. The right guidance and counsel is priceless. It could be one of your best investments! Accountability is one of the main reasons to work with a coach.

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Deborah Johnson

About the author

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain® and former president of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. She also hosts the popular podcast "Women at Halftime." Deborah provides tools to create your ideal lifestyle and work at mid-career or during the halftime of life, getting unstuck. You can live your second half fulfilled, focused and free! Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. She is also the recipient of the Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of multiple books, over twenty albums and musicals and speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

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