Nine Reasons We Fail to Pursue Our Purpose

Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.


I have been asked to do a presentation at a local college in my hometown. I am very excited about this presentation because I feel that college students and people in general need to discover and pursue their purpose to live a fulfilled life. I believe that following your passion will connect you to your purpose. It should be your life’s mission to seek your why. As you discover your why—your reason for living—you will remember that you have a gift that you must share with the world. This journey of self-discovery or remembering is not easy, but it’s necessary so that you can live a life of passion and bliss. Here are nine reasons why many fail to pursue their purpose.

Reason one: We seek outside ourselves
We never fully silence the ego voice and listen to the inner spirit voice so that we can pursue what makes us come alive. We listen to our parents, friends, and to the outside world because we believe they know best. Stop seeking outside yourself for answers. Look within to discover your why, your reason for living. It is only those who trust in their soul’s voice who will fully understand how passion is linked to their purpose. It is these self-aware individuals who realize that they are no accident and who will impact and change the world beautifully. Are you one?

Reason Two: We are afraid to fail
On your journey to remembering why you are here, you will fail. It’s part of the journey. But it’s also part of the growth. Without failure, you will never fully understand your strength. Failure is also a guide; it points you in the right direction. If I had succeeded in everything that I have done, I would never have improved myself or my business. We need failure to develop patience and perseverance in ourselves.

Reason Three: We fight change
Change is uncomfortable. At times, it’s actually painful. We fear the unknown because we are creatures of habit. But without change we would not have seasons; we would not have growth. Change is a blessing in disguise if you embrace it and don’t fight it.

Reason Four: We get comfortable
I believe comfort can become uncomfortable after a while. It is part of our human nature to explore and to seek. When you become comfortable you don’t challenge your true potential. You become stuck and stagnant and you don’t grow. Being comfortable can be a way we hide from our truest self. Our soul has a mission, which is to remind you about your purpose. Your purpose may be hiding within your comfort zone.

Reason Five: Life happens
Yes, life happens. You get married, have children, acquire a mortgage, pay bills, and then die. Wow! That sounded so morbid—the “pay bills and die” part. I know life happens, but that does not mean you need to stop believing in and pursuing your dreams. On the contrary, you need to be more adamant about pursuing your dreams. Remember, you are the role model for your children. Leave the legacy of self-exploration. Inspire them with your life. Show them the rewards of living a life of passion!

Reason Six: We wait for the “right” time
There is no right time. There is only now! Do something every day that will bring you closer to your life dreams and goals. For those that absolutely hate their jobs, I want to assure you that your purpose is waiting for you. You don’t have to quit your job right now, but have a plan to start doing something that will align you with your purpose

Reason Seven: We don’t have enough time
“There is no time in the day to do what I love,” I have been told. Oh, yes there is! There are 24 hours in the day. Whether you believe it or not, if you are mindful of your day, you will have at least one hour to dedicate to whatever you are passionate about. When you dedicate time to what you love it becomes a habit. These habits will align you with your reason for being on this planet. You are worthy of giving yourself one hour a day to pursue that special something that is connected to your reason for existing.

Reason Eight: We tried and failed
We all have failed. But the biggest failure is to waste our life doing something we hate. You will fail many times when you pursue your purpose. That is okay because it’s part of the journey. Fail forward and never fall into complacency. Some of the most successful people in the world stumbled and failed their way into success.

Reason Nine: We don’t believe it to be possible
“To achieve, you first have to believe!” I heard that somewhere and it has never left me. To believe in your purpose is to give yourself permission to live a life of meaning. When you understand that your dreams and desires were given only to you, they start to become a reality. If you have doubts about your ability to become what you desire, you will never become who you were meant to be. Believe in your dreams and persevere!

Your life is a gift. Discover that gift by deciding to pursue your passion so that you may remember your purpose. Remember, beautiful, you already have everything you need to make all of your life dreams and goals a reality. Your first step is to understand how amazing you are; your second step is to believe that everything you desire is possible for you. We are waiting for your gift—for that special something you do best. Don’t keep us away from your gift. Share it with the world! Until next time, Believe. Change. Become!

Sending many blessings and love your way!