This episode of PT Reading Corner features The Power of Purpose-Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better by Richard Leider. This book is a helpful guide regarding each individual’s spiritual and physical journey to finding their purpose. Leider feels that as we live in a world that is constantly evolving, “every individual has unique gifts and a purpose to use those gifts to contribute to the world.” According to Leider, purpose is the deep and profound sense of who we are and why we are here, which serves as the beacon guiding individuals towards feeling content and fulfilled.
Here are some useful tips from the book to help you find your purpose in physiotherapy and in life:
1. Purpose comes from within
Leider believes that most people are unable to grasp the concept of purpose because they are unable to undergo serious introspection. He notes that you should always be asking questions of yourself. What are the things I am obsessing about? What am I meant to do on this Earth? Considering that you are a physiotherapist (or will eventually become one), you may feel as though your purpose is to help others restore their strength, movement and well-being. However, the journey of finding your purpose doesn’t simply end with finding a career. It is important to constantly ask yourself questions and remain curious, so that you can embody the life that you want to achieve.
2. How to find your purpose
Your purpose is not a tangible object that you can go to the nearest mall and acquire for a small fee. Instead, it is a journey that you need to embark on in order to unlock that purpose. As an individual, you should draft a mission statement for yourself each and every morning. Your statement can be related to physiotherapy or just life in general, ask yourself why you woke up in the morning and got out of bed. The journey to finding your purpose doesn’t need to be a lonely one, Leider highlights that you can ask your close friends and family regarding the direction of your energy and focus. Sometimes, other people can see you more clearly than you can see yourself. Once you find a specific area to dedicate your time and energy, trust your instincts and take the small steps needed to reach the end goal.
Ultimately, purpose is a concept which resonates within each one of us, however we require the tools to find it. It is a mindset which allows you to make the necessary choices to live the lifestyle you want. Leider’s book is concise and provides a detailed outline on the steps that you should take if you want to find your purpose. We, at PT Business Corner, believe that we’re well on our way to finding our purpose and hope you are able to do the same!