“It is God’s blessing,” Paulo Coelho writes in The Alchemist to describe our purpose in life.
“It is the path that God chose for you here on Earth.”
Coelho goes on to explain that whenever you do something that fills you with enthusiasm, you are following your calling.
In my experience, this is the secret to realizing your calling… your purpose… your passion… God’s will… or whatever you call the reason you were created.
And when I write “realizing,” I mean both in the sense of knowing and accepting it as well as actually beginning to live it.
Please understand that what you love to do…
What makes you feel alive…
And what fills you with enthusiasm when you do it…
This is your Life Purpose.
But, as Coelho points out, most of us don’t have the courage to pursue it…
For 4 reasons.
First, we are told from childhood that everything we want to do is impossible, and over the years, because of the layers of prejudice, guilt, and fear, our Life Purpose becomes so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible.
Second, we know what we want to do, but we’re afraid of hurting those around us by pursuing our dreams.
Third, we are afraid of failing—we are afraid of not succeeding with what we want most in life, so we pretend that we don’t want it.
And fourth, we are afraid of possibility of actually getting what we want.
Fear, in every one of its forms, is a dream killer.
It keeps you from trying.
It tells you that next week, or next month, or next year is a better time to try.
It tells you that conditions must be perfect and you must be perfect.
It tells you to give up or go back to sleep or watch Netflix all night.
Fear tells you anything it can to keep the REAL YOU from awakening.
But action is the antidote to fear and the avenue to success.
There’s nothing more powerful than taking action NOW…
Because the energy of action created in finally moving forward in life inspires you—it awakens you—and it becomes the channel through which what you were truly created to do in life can emerge.
Every day, in every moment, you have a choice.
You can choose to finally make what you want a reality…
Or you can keep doing what you’ve always done and keep getting what you’ve always gotten.
When it comes to getting what you want in life, it’s very simple.
As Will Smith says, “Just decide what it’s gonna be, who you’re gonna be, and how you’re gonna do it.”