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As per my lazy exercise regime, I was doing a little yoga after work and was looking for a YouTube video to play. I came across “How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes“, a short video with a softly spoken gent who went rather briskly through his hypothesis. Spoiler alert: 5 minutes is irrelevant, it’s the 5 questions that will give you an answer. Apparently.
These are the questions to ask yourself:
1. Who are you?
2. What do you love to do?
3. Who do you do it for?
4. What do those people want or need?
5. How do they change as a result of what you give them?
Then, when someone asks you “What do you do”, you answer with your response to question 5. Intriguing for me, as I don’t like telling people “I’m a PA”, because that’s nothing to do with who I am, that’s really just how I feed and clothe who I am. I would like a better answer. Starting at the beginning, I’m Ellie. I love making people feel good about themselves. I do this for people who are feeling bummed or stuck in like. Those people want to feel that they are in charge of their lives. As a result of what I give them, they feel motivated and empowered.
“Nice to meet you, Ellie. So what do you do?”
“I motivate and empower people”.
Bleh. Sounds too fluffy and still doesn’t sound like me. Let’s try again.
I love inspiring people. I do it for people who feel trapped or stagnant. Those people need to be encouraged to believe in themselves. As a result of what I give them, they are empowered to make positive changes to their lives.
“So what do you do, Ellie?”
“I help people make life-changing decisions”.
Oooh, I love that. But I feel it’s a little focused toward life coaching, which is something I am definitely very interested in, but it’s not all of me. What about my writing? My love of radio and online media? What about travel? Let’s try one more time.
I love expressing myself creatively. I do it for people who are looking for inspiration. Those people want to take ownership of their own lives. As a result of what I give them, they feel motivated to make changes towards living with positivity and autonomy.
“Yo, Ellie. What do you do?”
“I inspire self-ownership in others so they can make positive life changes.”
How about you? Can you boil down what you do into one marvellous sentence? Give it a try and add it to the comments!
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