Stop Looking For a Miracle
Let's talk about purpose real quick.
People ask me all the time, "Trent, how do I find my purpose? I want a purpose to focus on, but I just don't know what I'm doing with my life." Let me tell you something—purpose is not something that can be searched for. A lot of people think that the world either has a purpose for you to find or doesn't have a purpose for you at all, but I personally don't believe that. When people search for a purpose, more often than not they are searching for validation. They're searching for fame, and they're searching for affirmation, but they aren't searching for purpose.
Purpose is not something that you search for—purpose is who you are.
You were created on purpose, so I want everybody listening to this right now to understand something. You are your purpose. Every single day, I remind myself that I am my purpose, and that's a mantra that's changed my life for the better. Too many of us believe that purpose is a job, or a relationship. Trust me—I understand, because I've been there before.
I thought football was my purpose, and when I lost football, I felt like I'd lost my life. When I lost certain relationships, I felt as though I'd lost myself. But I was still there! I've lost my dream job before, and I've lost friends I thought I'd have for life. But I was still standing! When I realized I was my own purpose, everything changed for the better. Football and those relationships aren't my purpose—my purpose is and was who I am.
Stop looking for a miracle—you are the miracle.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you realize how much of a miracle you are? Whoever out there is reading this, I know you look up to someone as inspiration. That being said, when is the last time you were your own source of inspiration? There's nobody out there like you, and once you realize that purpose isn't external, you'll have a new superpower.
Purpose is an internal gift, and once you realize that you were created to be yourself and no one else, you'll have the ability to take your life anywhere you want to take it. It's true—you will lose friends and opportunities. You will fail and lose and fail again. However, your worth isn't determined by a tally of wins and losses—you are inherently worth so much more than you realize.
If you're bummed about a lost relationship or opportunity, I want you to find gratitude for no other reason than that you are you. If you can do that, the difficult seasons in life will be a whole lot easier to weather, and your purpose will be clear as day.
It all starts with you.