Ok ,so a tiger is in a zoo, and everything within this tiger—all his instincts—tell him he’s a Beast. He knows when he roars, things are supposed to happen.
So every day he steps into his cubicle…er…cage…and he roars and nothing happens. People just take pictures of him with their camera phones and smile.
After awhile he gets down and depressed, and wonders “am I really a tiger?”
The truth is…he’s a tiger…a real tiger…in a fake habitat.
Everything inside him tells him he belongs somewhere else, but the longer he stays in that cube…er…cage, the more he loses touch with who he is.
The same thing can happen to us.
You could have a job that pays the bills but it doesn’t feel 100% authentic. It doesn’t feel like you’re creating everything you’re meant to create, or contributing to the highest and best of your capability. You roar…and nothing happens.
You belong somewhere else. And the longer you stay in that environment, the more you’ll doubt that yearning is real. “Maybe I’m not really meant for anything more than this”, you think.
You’ve heard people say “follow your passion”. But does that really work? You’re passionate about a lot of things. If you followed your passion you’d end up pulled in different directions and ultimately go nowhere.
Better advice would be “follow your purpose”.
Your purpose is like a compass that will guide you to your magnetic north. Your passions are the fuel that will energize you for the journey.
Finding your purpose can seem daunting. Although it may take some time, it’s easier than you think.
Finding your purpose is like a reminding a tiger in a zoo that he’s really a Beast. Get him out of his cage—into his natural habitat around other tigers and he’ll be back to his old self in no time.
It all starts with getting in touch with who you are—the kind of Beast you really are.
This is where your passions come into play. Your passions tell you what you care about. What you care about tells you who you are. Who you are determines where you belong. Getting into that space where you belong and making an authentic contribution is your purpose.
A great way to notice your passions and what you care about is to pay attention to what makes you cry. Exclude times of loss or grief. Pay attention to things that move you.
For me, I noticed I always cry when I watch The Lion King—either animated or live. The part that gets me is the conversation between Mufasa in the clouds and Simba:
Mufasa: “Simba, you have forgotten me.”
Simba: “No! How could I?”
Mufasa: “You have forgotten who you are, and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.”
Simba: “How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be.”
Mufasa: “Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king. Remember who you are…”
I’ve come to realize that my purpose is to bring this “Mufasa moment” to as many people as possible—to remind people of who they are.
You have greatness in you and the world is depending on you to take your place. We need what you have to offer.
Remember who you are…
To help you take the first step toward remembering what kind of Beast you are and finding your purpose, I have a 3-day video challenge. Follow the link, enter your email address, and each day for three days I’ll send you a video to walk you step-by-step through the process of identifying your unique superpower.
P.S. Katt Williams told the tiger-in-the-cage story first. I paraphrased parts of it. Watch it if you’re not offended by explicit language, you’re not at work, and your kids are asleep.