After my daughter was born, I started on my journey of finding my purpose as a new mom. I built my 3rd recruiting startup when my daughter was within her first few months of life. I was exhausted, I had a fussy baby who did not sleep at night. I was nursing and recovering from an unplanned C-section. I had some serious panic moments about how I was going to pick my career back up while having a baby at home. I am an action taker (I seriously wish I could slow down lol) and in one of those panic moments, I made a strategy to call some technology startups to see if they needed help recruiting.
This plan worked extremely well and within 3 months, I was back in business, making placements. I even made $30k in one month but I still felt miserable. I built my recruiting business to 6 figures fast…but I was bored….All of the money in the world didn’t fill the gap in my life because I knew that God had made me to help others and to give back. I wanted to have passion about something. I wanted to help other moms do it too. I let that propel me into my coaching business. I started the Kimberly A. Patrick Coaching brand and I helped other Moms assess their skills, find their passion, and build 6 figure businesses right from their home.
I worked with several coaches and I started living my purpose. For me, that meant adding on an additional stream of income and coaching other moms. I wasn’t prepared to give up my lifelong business and skills in recruiting. This also meant attending retreats and within 1 year, writing my entire life story and entrepreneurial journey in a book for the world to read (Free book link at the bottom). I ran beta programs to help other moms. I turned the lessons and the things that I learned into courses and launched them. I launched 5 programs and courses within the first 1.5 years.
We all have a purpose that we are here to fulfill and we all have different strengths! Your purpose does not have to be your career, or it could be. Your purpose could be parenting, volunteering, making social change, or something else entirely…..In this short blog post, I’m going to try to show you how you can find and live your true purpose!
- Find what you love and what comes easily:
It should be pretty easy for you to make a list of the things you love to do and would do for free. Don’t get confused with hobbies; I mean you may like swimming, but that doesn’t mean you love it. Hobbies provide a break from our busy lives but passion, on the other hand, passion holds you tight with inspiration. Passion is what drives you to become the better you….It brings joy to you when doing it and the hours just pass you by. It never feels like work! Once you have separated the two, it will be easier to move forward to find your passion and live it.
- What do you value?
As human beings, we are all unique with our own value and traits. It’s essential that you stay true to those. Knowing what those are will help you find and live your passion. Research shows that most people who don’t live according to their values feel unhappy and unmotivated, I am sure you wouldn’t want that. It might take some time for you to figure out your value, you can always sit back and reflect on your past experiences and what made you feel “right.”
- Create your path.
So you have found your value, what next? Start reflecting on your path to discover your passion. Go through the list you wrote down. You need to know more about your passion. It doesn’t hurt to try a few different things. You have nothing to lose, right? Know where you want to go and create a vision board, find people who share same values as you, and learn new skills.
- Self evaluation.
In your quest to find your passion, you will need to self-evaluate. This involves asking yourself self reflective questions that focus on you. This also includes taking online assessments. These two things will help you determine what you like and what is a match with who you are. The saying is true, “If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life”. This process will help boost your confidence toward living your passion.
- Connect the dots for answers
After self-evaluation, focus on the answers to the questions you find and the things you uncover about yourself. What appears to make you happy? What appears to add purpose to your life? What makes you feel alive? Do those things….
- Ask for help.
We all need help sometimes, so never be afraid to ask for help when stuck. There’s always someone out there who is willing to help. If you don’t ask, you limit yourself and your potential. This is part of living in community with others.
- Set goals.
Set goals with a clear intention of something you want to achieve. Goal setting will keep you aligned with your passion and will keep you getting things completed. Its ok if you don’t always reach them because you will miss the mark sometimes. You will find yourself closer than if you never set them.
- Move past fear.
Once you have identified your passion, going for it requires courage. If you decide to change careers, you may have to leave the 9-5 job and begin to work from home. But the trade-off is so worth it! Live in love not fear. I have many resources that have helped me overcome disabling fear and I’m happy to share them with you.
In conclusion, finding your passion is a journey, it begins with the first few steps.
Written by: Kimberly Patrick, business coach and strategist. Kim became passionate about working with business owners as a child, while growing up in a family business. She has been an entrepreneur since she was 17. Kim has founded multiple companies in real estate development, recruiting, coaching, and fitness. Kim is a new Mom. Being a mother and an entrepreneur can be overwhelming but somehow, she has found ways to juggle them quite well. Kim helps moms leave their 9-5 to create a 6-figure business that they love where they can work from home and have a life of freedom for their families. You can read more about Kim at www.kimberlyapatrick.com
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