Marcus Buckingham is answering the big questions women ask about discovering their purpose and finding balance in work and in life.
How do I discover my purpose?
That word "discover" is a sneaky one, isn't it? It implies that your purpose is there, intact, just waiting to be found like Fleming discovered penicillin. But your purpose or destiny is not something that is going to dawn on you one day in a Eureka-type moment. Let that go. Goals, dreams and vision are important, but they do not provide the answer to living a fulfilled life. The answer lies in your strengthening moments. You have to pay attention to the activities, instances and events in your life that fill you up. They teach you, guide you and sustain you. Like small flames, they can be fanned into bigger fires with a little attention. Your strongest life is built through a continuous practice of designing moment by moment.
Everyone has heard the old adage: Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. Are you actually registering your experience as you live your life, or are you always looking into the rearview mirror pining over what happened or staring off into the distance imagining what will happen—all the while missing out on what is actually happening?
Moments matter most. Build off of a few strong moments, follow the path they lay out for you, and trust your direction. They will not let you down.
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