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Find Your Life Purpose Using These 3 Simple & Effective Strategies

Find Your Life Purpose Using These 3 Simple & Effective Strategies

Discovering your life purpose can be known as the billion-dollar question, because it can cost you time and effort trying to find it. For some, it has taken days, months, or even years of frustration.

The funny thing about purpose is that most people look for it in a job or attach it to titles, but your purpose is something that has always been with you since the moment you arrived to this earth. It is a gift that is inside of you. One of the key principles is to start by looking inside of yourself. This helps you to focus on your unique abilities and when you do, there is a flow and a rhythm that leads you exactly to your purpose and ideas naturally begin to fall in place.

While finding your life purpose seemed like it used to take a lifetime, that process is now considered a thing of the past. With the rise of coaches from all walks of life and the world wide web that has a plethora of information available for you to embark upon this journey, the process has been simplified to answer the following questions that so many like you have such as, “What is my purpose?” or “What have I been placed on this earth to do?” or “What is my calling?”

Purpose: Why Is It So Important?

Purpose can be described as the unspoken blueprint of life that gives you vision on where you want to go and what you want to be. Without it, many people wander around aimlessly like walking around in a circle going from job to job and pursuing higher titles thinking that they will find it there when all along, it was always inside of them. But the journey to uncovering it may not always seem as simple and it may not always come overnight.

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The truth is that the world we live in can be so immersed to instant gratification, that the enjoyment of the process of discovering one’s purpose can actually frustrate many and some even give up. But thank God, there are great leaders and influential figures such as Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Lisa Nichols, and Rick Warren who is well known for his national best-seller, “The Purpose-Driven Life.” These leaders dedicate their lives to helping others pursue their purpose by writing books, providing motivational messages, and assisting others with life coaching to help you move forward to living out your purpose.

While finding your purpose and living it out can seem like a tedious and rather daunting process, it no longer has to be. Here are 3 Simple and Effective Ways to help you get started:

  1. Consider What You Are Naturally Skilled At

When you think about your natural talents and abilities, they come to you like second nature and without any formal training. Without anyone ever giving you a compliment on it, you know you are great at this. Since talents are so diverse and there are a multitude of them in one person, a gift is a single thing that you do so well at that you are naturally sought after for it—even if you have not even formally been paid for it.

Action Item: Take out a sheet of paper and make a list of that one thing that you know without doubting or hesitating that you do naturally. This will help you focus on narrowing down what your innate gift is.

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When you focus and zero in on that one thing, which is your gift that you were born with, it will lead you into all other areas of productivity. Focusing on your gift is literally the difference between being effective, as opposed to being busy.

  1. Think About Who Your Gift Could Serve

Answering this question brings your mind into thinking about the greater good, which is wrapped up in your purpose. It helps you to begin to think of the many ways that your gift can serve a community of people.

This will also help you to begin thinking of the avenues that you can take to get started living out your purpose today. For example, if you are great at painting naturally and have dreams of having your art exhibited in museums to help others learn about culture. Perhaps, you may start at your local museum and expand the knowledge of those visiting by introducing unique pieces to be featured in the gallery and explaining the inspiration behind it.

While you are continuing to study and hone in on your craft to a level of mastery, it will also give you an opportunity to share with others and prepare for your debut of explaining your own pieces in the future. This also helps you to remain occupied and focused on your ultimate vision and attach the necessary goals to them as well. After all, you will already be living out your purpose, but on a smaller scale for the moment.

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  1. Get Your Beginning and End in Mind

Many motivational speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs speak so eloquently of this phrase, “Get your beginning and end in mind” as it relates to one’s vision or ultimate goal in life.

When we see so many people working hard, we have learned to rationalize and reason that there is a reason for all of this and that is a goal and a vision that they have in their mind of how their future should look. Until their world begins to unfold and appear like that vision, they do not stop. Even when they have reached their destination, by this time, they have set additional goals on how to nurture their gift and remain in their purpose even at heightened levels of success.

The thing about life and success is that it always looks different for every person. Some individuals who are great at finances enjoy making a living teaching financial literacy courses to members in churches, nonprofit organizations, or even in small groups in the business world. Take for example, Dave Ramsey. After becoming wealthy himself and eventually losing it all in a matter of two and a half years, he wrote the book, Financial Peace to counsel folks hurting from the results of financial stress. Eventually his mission and vision grew and he can be seen speaking all over the world educating others on becoming free financially utilizing biblical principles, common-sense education and empowerment.

In pursuit of living out your purpose, goals will more than likely be involved as it will help you navigate to various levels in your life. Your vision will be the guide that tells you if the road you are on will take you to where you would like to be. It will also steer you, when it is time to change directions in order to help you continue leveling up.

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Ultimately, you will begin to see that you are living out your purpose regardless of the current level that you are on. Your vision and your purpose in life will keep you consistent and on the right track to get you to your ultimate goal in life.

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson reminded the world that, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” You may find these truths to be self-evident on your journey to living out your purpose. The time and effort that you put in to perfect your gift will all be worth it, as well as the life lessons it brings along the way.

Finding your purpose and living it out can be tough, but when you choose to stay on the road, it will eventually lead you to your placed called, “there.”

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How to Write an Impressive Cover Letter (With Examples)

How to Write an Impressive Cover Letter (With Examples)

Think of your cover letter for a job application as an in-person introduction. Your resume outlines the facts—where you worked and for how long, along with your major accomplishments. But your cover letter also shows off your personality.

Your cover letter should outline the case for why you deserve the job without being “salesy.” How do you do that? Follow these 12 important guidelines.

1. There Is No Cookie-Cutter Cover Letter for a Job

Targeting your resume to a particular job may mean changing up your “Objective” section a bit or adding to your “Executive Summary” section. Cover letters, though, really need to focus on the particular person you’re writing to, the particular job, and the particular company. It needs to prove, with an economy of words, that your job experience fits the requirements of the position for which you’re applying.

Your letter should show that you have amassed the skills you need to succeed in that workplace. And, your cover letter should clinch your prospects by making the case that you are very excited about working at that particular company.

2. Always Opt-in to the Optional Cover Letter

Some job postings will give applicants the option of opting out of providing a cover letter for a job[1]. Don’t take the bait! Use the opportunity to further sell yourself in a personalized, well-crafted cover letter that creatively shares who you are and why your skills and personality align with the position and the company. Think of your cover letter for a job as an opportunity to describe your value proposition.

3. A Reference Goes a Long Way

Did someone recommend you for the job? Put that in the subject line of your cover letter if possible. If an online listing dictates what your subject line must be, cite the personal recommendation in the first sentence of your letter:

Dear Ms. Sanders,

Steve Smith recommended me for your Assistant Planner position. I worked with Steve at the XYZ company for four years as his assistant until he moved on, and I feel as though I learned from the best.  His high praise for you is the primary reason I am applying for this position, as I consider him an excellent judge of character. 

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You may want to bolster Steve’s recommendation with a short anecdote about working with Steve. Don’t be shy. Steve’s high opinion of you will likely mean that your resume gets a serious look.

4. Outline the Key Points You Want to Make

Company by company, your cover letter for a job application needs to be specific and bulletproof. Unless you have a great deal of practice in writing cover letters, it’s hard to just bang them out. So don’t even try. Instead, start with a list of points you intend to make. Generally, these would be a “grabby” introduction, a story or two about a particular accomplishment that is relevant to the job to which you are applying, a reason why you are the ideal candidate for the position, and a conclusion with a suggested next step.

  1. Intro – Have been familiar with the company since my father worked there in the 1980s.
  2. College Major – Majored in industrial engineering so I could get a job at CYY Building, Inc.
  3. Captain of Soccer Team – Prepared me to solve problems, promote morale, and coach a team.
  4. Ask for Informational Interview – 15 minutes to meet in person and learn more about opportunities.
  5. Compelling Close – Ask Hiring Manager to call me. Say I will call her in a week if I don’t hear from her first.

5. Moderating the Tone of Your Cover Letter

Some companies are buttoned-up. The workers wear three-piece suits to the office each day plus loafers. Other companies are more casual. The employees wear shorts in the summertime and skateboard through the hallways. In an in-person interview, you would never wear shorts to a company whose employees are sporting three-piece suits.

Similarly, your cover letter needs to strike the right note. The letter you write to a start-up should sound markedly different than the letter you would write to a white-shoe law firm.

For example, even using something as informal as “Greetings” for the salutation may not be appropriate at a more formal firm. And definitely don’t use the default “To Whom It May Concern.” Instead, try to find the name of the hiring manager with an online search. If that’s not possible, you will want to begin with “Dear XYZ Hiring Manager.” The tone of your cover letter for a job starts at the very beginning.

6. Create an Attention-Grabbing Opening Line

Think of going to hear a presentation by a motivational speaker, only to have her open with, “I’m here today to present (fill in with title of the presentation).” What a let down! What if instead, she started with, “I just ran a half marathon. Now doesn’t that sound better than if I told you, ‘I tried to run a marathon but quit half-way through?’” See the difference? You want to hear more.

Craft the first line of your cover letter with the utmost care. It doesn’t need to be clever, but it needs to show your personality and your fit for the position.

Dear Mr. Stevens,

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I am committed to making the customer service experience better for people like my grandmother. At 87 years old, my Gram is lost in the digital world and reliant on customer service representatives she can reach by telephone to answer her questions and solve her problems. She regularly shares stories of frustrating dead-ends she experiences with people wanting her to “go online and make your selection.”  Yet, whenever she reaches someone willing to take the extra time to resolve her issue, she sings the company’s praises to everyone she knows. Based on Gram’s frustrations, I want to be that person who won’t give up or pass the buck with bewildered customers.  

With a strong, anecdotal opening such as this, you show purpose and passion behind your application to be a customer service representative.

7. Recognize the Value of Cover Letter Real Estate

Spare writing is key in the cover letter for a job. It is always best if your letter doesn’t exceed a page. Those reviewing applications appreciate a letter that is terse, yet provides useful information to evaluate an applicant. This means you have five to six paragraphs in which to work.

Repeating anything from your resume is a waste of real estate. Think in terms of describing why you are applying for the position and why you are the best candidate.

To best show your personality, avoid stale phrases such as, “I believe my experience would be a good fit in your organization.” Add punch to your statements that show off your accomplishments and your attitude.

I thrive in start-up environments where I’ve learned to expect the unexpected and to make changes on the fly. In one such instance, I uncovered better results from a pilot project and in under 30 minutes had updated the CEO’s presentation in time for his meeting with a venture capitalist.

8. Getting Creative

On the surface, a requirement is a requirement. Many online ads specify the number of years, and you might think they are ironclad. But if you count the number of years you amassed a particular skill at the job and add any volunteer work where you also used that skill, you might surpass the requirement.

Say that you are applying for a position in fund development. If your career experience in putting on charity fundraisers falls a little short, it’s certainly appropriate to add in time spent organizing fundraising events as a volunteer—as long as you indicate it as such in your cover letter for the job.

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I recently passed my two and a half year mark of employment as a fund development associate with Notable Events. Concurrently, I oversaw all aspects of two annual fundraising galas as a volunteer board member of Reach for the Stars Foundation, offering scholarships to first-generation college-bound students. These involved finding sponsors for more than 70 silent auction items, renting event space, working with caterers, recruiting volunteers and MC-ing both events, which each drew more than 200 attendees and, together, raised more than $250,000. I believe this intensive hands-on experience helps supplement my years of employment.

Showcasing your community ethos through volunteering could make up for the deficit in actual on-the-job experience.

9. Making the Case that You Fit

How will you fit in at the company? With some research, you can easily figure out the corporate culture of an organization. Many companies share their core values in job recruitment ads. But even if you can’t discern a company’s mission or beliefs from its advertising, you can learn it from articles you read about the company.

Is it employer-centric or employee-centric? Is the culture more traditional or more fun? And what are you looking for? When you find a company where your needs align with theirs, that’s an indication that you would fit in well. Take care to make sure that your cover letter reflects how you fit.

If you are a recent military veteran[2], consider which civilian positions lend themselves to the regimented culture of which you’ve become accustomed. For example, your occupational specialty while in the military could dovetail well with a company’s job requirements—and you have the added benefit of discipline, following instructions, and teamwork that you can apply to any future position.

10. Always Ask for What You’re Worth

If the employer asks applicants to share their salary requirements in the cover letter for a job, disregard what you made in your former position and look into the salary ranges[3] of the advertised position. You will want to adjust up or down within the salary range depending on your prior experience in the industry or in a similar role.

The key is to not undercut yourself by asking below the minimum amount, or to overinflate your worth by asking for an amount higher than the maximum pay in the salary range.

11. Show Your Cover Letter to Three People Whose Opinion You Trust

Once your letter is out in the world, it’s too late to tweak it for that particular job. You will dramatically improve your chances of having your cover letter “land” correctly if you’re proactive. Find a few people in the field, and ask them if you can show them your cover letter before you send it out.

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If you are starting out and don’t know anyone in the field, you may want to consider paying for a professional career consultant or coach to review your cover letter and resume. Remember that the care you demonstrate in your cover letter is that employer’s first impression of you.

12. End With Enthusiasm

You want to stay upbeat all the way to the end of the letter. Let the reviewer know that you appreciate the opportunity to apply and that you look forward to hearing from (or having a chance to meet with) them in person.

It would be an honor to be part of your team, and I hope to have an opportunity to discuss this role and how I could contribute to it in person.

This acknowledges that the organization gets to make the next move, but that you anticipate it will be in your favor.

Sign off formally (“Sincerely” or “Best regards”) or informally (“Best” or “Thank you”) depending on the tone of the letter. Also, be sure to include your email address and phone number under your name. This ensures that, should the reviewer wish to contact you, the contact information is easily accessible.

Final Thoughts

The best cover letters for a job are lively, authentic, and provide a memorable result, anecdote or example of your approach to work. By tying your approach to the requirements of the job description and revealing your personality as a fit for the organization, you will give yourself a winning chance for making the cut and landing that coveted job interview.

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