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Find Your Life Purpose Using These 3 Simple & Effective Strategies

Find Your Life Purpose Using These 3 Simple & Effective Strategies
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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.”

Featured photo credit: minghui.tv via minghui.tv

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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