I woke up this morning thinking about the ‘80s movie “Overboard” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
If you’ve never seen the movie it’s basically about a very rich, snobbish woman (Goldie), who is extremely rude to the carpenter (Kurt) who is building a custom closet on her yacht.
Long story short, Goldie’s character ends up falling overboard into the ocean, and when found, has total amnesia. But because she has an equally snobbish, entitled husband, he doesn’t go get her when he sees her picture on the news.
However, Kurt’s character does see her photo and sees it as an opportunity for payback. He then tells the hospital that she is his wife, and brings her home to his very very modest house with his three unruly children. Throughout the movie, he manages to convince her that they don’t have a lot of money (but are happy) and that she is the mother of his children.
Anyway, the movie is about Goldie’s character finding purpose and meaning by taking care of children (that ultimately aren’t hers), turning the messy cabin into a “home”, and then being part of a bigger income opportunity with her faux husband.
In the end, she does find out about the deceit but chooses to stay anyway because she found happiness, love, a purpose, and created a meaningful life.
As lovely as it might sound to be a wealthy heiress touring the seas on a yacht, it was incredibly boring, empty, and unfulfilling for her.
Slightly off-topic, it is movies like this that can really mess with your money mindset – a lot of wealth = snobbery, unhappiness, boredom, etc.
So do a check with yourself and make sure you aren’t adopting a generalized belief here. There are plenty of rich people who do have love, joy, purpose, and meaning in their life. And at the end of the movie, you find out that Goldie’s character was the one with the money, not her sleazy husband.
So let’s talk purpose for a moment.
Having a sense of purpose is what motivates and inspires people, and helps people continue on even when times are challenging.
P.S. – It’s also the most direct path to abundance.
So if you take our Coronavirus situation, and look at those who are navigating through it versus those who are slipping into depression and anxiety, you will discover that having a purpose and using this time for growth and change is a top success factor to adapting, moving forward, and creating meaning from chaos while still finding joy in life.
What is my purpose?
Contrary to what many people thing, purpose is NEVER a prescriptive “job”.
Your purpose is not specifically to be a mother, partner, farmer, or engineer, for example (although many do find great purpose in these roles).
Purpose is what you create, what you choose to build with your divine gifts.
Purpose is what authentically speaks to you, what your spirit wishes you to share with the world.
Purpose is unique to YOU. Because even if you find purpose in accounting, HOW you do accounting will be different than someone else, even if number calculations are the same.
When I teach people about their purpose in my 1:1 sessions, we talk about purpose as an ENERGY, a primary strength that supports them in creating and building what they strongly desire.
When you align to this specific energy that is within you, then you can more easily create what you want whether it’s related to family, relationships, career, or physical health.
Goldie’s character used her energetic strengths to find purpose and meaning in taking care of a family, using her knowledge of world travel (despite the amnesia) to help design a “7 Wonders of the World” mini-golf course, and being in a loving romantic relationship.
How do I discover my purpose?
If you are on a self-discovery journey or love to DIY, you can get insight into your purpose through meditation and connecting with your soul-voice, your inner-wisdom, on a regular basis. (Get my free video series “3 Steps to Getting Total Clarity Around Your Purpose and Gifts” to learn an easy way to connect to your soul-voice if it is proving difficult for you.)
It then takes some trial and error to implement, to test what truly resonates and flows for you.
I totally fell into my personal-development career this way. Connecting to myself, and following my inner compass.
However, enlisting a mentor that taught ME about my purpose and gifts, and showed me how I could connect to the Akashic Records and to others to help them get the same results, got me to where I am today.
It would have taken me A LOT longer to get here without support and mentorship, but I do believe that by continuing to follow my spirit, I would have landed here eventually.
If you are using this social distancing time to contemplate direction and purpose, NOW is a great time to get a jumpstart on re-discovering who you are, your strengths, your greater purpose, as well as tweak what you are doing to create more ease, joy, and flow in your life and career.
I can help you with that if you are interested.