In a world where cookie-cutter living is the norm, forging your own path can be a frightening endeavour. This is true for both introverts and extroverts. The good news for introverts is that we have a few distinct advantages when it comes to finding our truth path and purpose in life.
“Your purpose is often connected to an inner wound of some kind. Those places of hurt and shame can be valuable clues to who you are and what you’re meant to do.” Justine Musk
Finding your purpose is an intuitive process that requires a lot of introspection. This is something that introverts are naturally inclined to do. Taking on the sometimes painful task of looking inward helps us to discover what we are meant to do, who we are meant to be.
2. Creative Play
“No matter what your age or your life path … it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” Julia Cameron
Many introverts are imaginative and highly creative. We love to fantasize, dream and churn ideas in our ever active mind. This is good news for introverts who want to find their soul’s purpose. Creative play is the key to discovering our true path. Exercising creativity allows us to experiment and make connections, while getting in touch with our inner essence.
I’ve talked before about how introverts tend to be fringe-dwellers who observe society from a distance. Although this can be painful at times, it is also incredibly beneficial. Being on the outside looking in allows us to see the world from a unique perspective. As Stephen Chbosky put it:
“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” ~ The Perks of Being a Wallflower
If we embrace the benefits of being an outlier, we are more likely to resist being trapped by dogma. Steve Jobs was adamant that avoiding dogma and following your own intuition is the key to finding your true path.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
So, if you’re an introvert who is searching for your life’s purpose, know that you are already a few steps ahead of the pack. Don’t give up. Throw everything at it if that’s what it takes. You must get to the point where you won’t accept any other outcome than the discovery of your calling NO MATTER WHAT. That is when the magic happens. Or at least that is how it happened for me.
Where are you on your journey toward’s your life’s purpose? Still searching? What say you dearest Internet friend?? I’d love to hear from you.