Uncovering The Simple Meaning Of Purpose

Follow what lights you up, no matter how crazy, how wild-haired any of it may seem.”

Episode summary:

In this episode, Nick explores the concept of purpose and its significance in our lives. He discusses the dictionary definition of purpose, the meaning of purpose in our lives, and the fact that we each have our own unique purpose on this planet. Listen in as he unpacks the importance of contribution and how it is intertwined with purpose but how we’ve been taught, or shamed, into thinking our purpose is too small if it’s not this massive humanity changing effort. Purpose is about showing up authentically and contributing to the world, irrespective of scale, and understanding the difference between a calling and a whim can truly help us uncover our purpose.

What to listen for:

  • Purpose is about contributing to the world, being authentically oneself, and making a difference, regardless of scale.
  • Identifying your purpose requires introspection, unlearning societal expectations, and discerning between true callings and fleeting desires or whims.
  • Embracing what lights you up and pursuing it passionately can lead to a more fulfilling life.
  • Living a purposeful life involves continual self-discovery, adaptation, and alignment with one’s core values.

Purpose has contribution built into it, and being able to contribute to your community, the sphere around you, the people that you’re with.”

  • Purpose isn’t just about personal fulfillment; it’s about how you can positively impact the world around you. It involves contributing to your community, whether locally or globally.
  • True purpose often involves serving others and making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around you.
  • While personal success is important, true purpose goes beyond individual achievements. It’s about how you can positively impact the lives of others and create a ripple effect of goodness in your community and beyond.
  • Understanding how you can uniquely contribute to your community and the world is key to discovering your purpose.

“Being able to unlearn everything that you’ve been taught from the world that tells you you should be a certain way is going to be a major step in that.”

  • Why we must question societal norms and how many of our beliefs and expectations about ourselves are shaped by societal norms and expectations. 
  • Recognizing and challenging rigid standards and stereotypes is necessary for breaking free from self-imposed limitations.
  • Embracing your individuality means accepting yourself fully, including aspects that may deviate from societal norms.
  • How breaking free from societal expectations allows you to express yourself authentically and pursue paths that resonate with your true desires and values. 

“Callings are clear, they’re deeply rooted, they may not be 100% clear all the time, but they’re there.”

  • While it may not always be 100% clear, there is a deep-rooted sense of direction and purpose guiding you.
  • Our calling emanates from a place of inner knowing or intuition. Even when faced with uncertainty or doubt, there is an underlying certainty or conviction that propels you forward on your chosen path.
  • Callings reflect who you are at your essence and resonate deeply with your soul’s purpose.
  • The clarity of your calling may evolve over time as you gain new insights, experiences, and perspectives. 
  • Paying attention to synchronicities, gut feelings, and signs from the universe can help you recognize and affirm your calling. These subtle cues often serve as guideposts along the journey of self-discovery and purpose realization.

About Nick McGowan

Nick is the Head of Disruption at Choose Your Calling. He is a constantly evolving human on a path toward self-mastery, doing the best he can each day to manage his mindset, emotions, and help others do the same.  


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