Isn’t it fantastic to meet people who are passionate about what they do and have found their purpose in life? You can see their spark and feel their energy from a distance. It’s so nice to get sucked into that flow and be inspired. I’m sure you know those people.
Afterwards you start to wonder, could I be like them? Could I be one of those people? But what if I’m just a normal person, not a born-to-be-a-superstar type, should I even have a purpose? Many people seem to live happily all their lives without a purpose. Maybe it’s not for me after all.
Life has given me many great things and I consider myself to be fairly lucky person. I have always had that inner drive to do things, to try something new, to seek for opportunities to grow and learn. I got into the university of my choice. I have always had fantastic jobs and got promoted many times. I love my family and they love me. I have great friends with whom I enjoy spending time with. I really don’t have anything to complain or to be sad about.
Yet, I have sometimes felt like these things kind of happen to me. I am not saying I have not worked really hard to achieve my goals or made tough decisions – oh dear, I have. It just feels like I don’t have a clear direction and I am not sure if I’m doing stuff I really want to do. I miss the purpose.
This is my entry point to DrivenWoman. When I started as a group leader at DrivenWoman Finland, I didn’t exactly know what my goal is. I had some ideas, and I was really excited about the concept of networking with other ambitious women who are doers, like me. Getting to know more about DrivenWoman and going through Miisa’s training sessions with other group leaders got me thinking – could my goal be finding a purpose? Is it a silly goal since it seemed that many others had much more concrete and clearer goals? Am I ever going to achieve that goal?
After running couple of introduction sessions and starting the first members’ group in Helsinki I realised there are many other women searching for a purpose. I’m not the only one. It’s not so silly at all to want to find a clear direction and understand if your achievements are what you really want, not what others expect from you.
I just recently realised that to be able to find my purpose I have to calm down a little and empty my mind from huge amount of noise I am creating with worrying about this and that. I have to focus and prioritise even more than I have done so far.
But without that inner drive to do things, sometimes maybe too many things, I wouldn’t have started DrivenWoman Finland or done many other great things I have done. I have learned everyone has their own way of finding their purpose. Some like to think and research, some like to do and explore – everything goes, but you have to recognise your own style.
At DrivenWoman I have a group of women around me who support me in my purpose hunting, and who I can, in turn, support in their journey to do something great.
Happy purpose hunting sisters!
Susannan Saikkonen is a DrivenWoman Group Leader in Finland.