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Table of contents :
AUTHOR’S NOTE
PURPOSE
HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE
CAN YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE GIFT & PURPOSE
HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE WALKING IN PURPOSE.
A PURPOSEFUL LIFE IS
DIVIDED INTO 7 AREAS
NOT FINDING FULFILLMENT IN YOUR PURPOSE.....DO THIS:
HINDRANCES TO
WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE
WAYS TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR PURPOSE.
A NOTE TO YOU

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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Printed in Cyprus by Deep Insight Publishing House Copyright © 2020 Emmanuel Akaiso All rights reserved

Finding Purpose A COMPLETE GUIDE TO FINDING AND FULFILLING PURPOSE BY EMMANUEL AKAISO

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CONTENTS 6

AUTHOR’S NOTE

8 PURPOSE 10

HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE

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CAN YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE GIFT & PURPOSE?

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HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE WALKING IN PURPOSE

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A PURPOSEFUL LIFE IS DIVIDED INTO 7 AREAS

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NOT FINDING FULFILLMENT IN YOUR PURPOSE?

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HINDRANCES TO WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE

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WAYS TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR PURPOSE

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A NOTE TO YOU

AUTHOR’S NOTE The Birth of this Book What is my purpose in life? Why did God create me? Do I even have a purpose? How can I discover this purpose? Why are my friends better than me? Can I fulfill my purpose anywhere? How do I know I am fulfilling purpose? These are the top 7 most recurring questions I get from people ever since I made up my mind to be a Problem solver, a solution provider, and to make an impact in this world. We were not born with a map to finding our purpose. Our environment, experiences, and the situations we find ourselves in are a hindrance to finding purpose. Some people come from families that have shut them up and shut them out; they feel so choked and think life has nothing for them. Some are stranded, and they’ve just given up on life. Many have found comfort in reading different religious books, some are even confused about the fact that they have other gifts and purposes, yet everyone is saying one must have one purpose. That is what this book is all about. It is about you knowing the specific answers to your questions as regards purpose. I know this book will help you and give clarity for you to take your steps into finding purpose. It’s just a few pages so, get your pen and paper ready! Enough of the note, Let’s START. 2

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Part One PURPOSE

PURPOSE

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eople need you! I mean, the world needs you! Why? The world needs something, and it is in you! That’s exactly how serious it is. The gift of God inside of you is what you do your absolute best with little or no amount of effort. The world advances through the manifestation of the deposits or gifts inherent in people. By manifesting that which they have in them, people have affected the course of human history and experience. And the best is only yet to come. Call it “manifesting oneself.” This manifestation is the reason why you were born. The purpose of one’s life is simply the result of self-manifestation: discovering what God has deposited in you for humankind. In other words, your purpose is the service, value, or contribution you avail humanity, and it results from discovering your gifts and putting them to use appropriately.

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Your purpose is your ‘identity’, your relevance in this social web of a world. Without it, you can only be seen or sighted; you would never be appreciated. Being noticed goes beyond just being seen; it includes commanding attention through an impactful life. Your purpose is your impact. The purpose is what produces footprints in the sand of time. Without discovering yours, you only exist, you do not live in the real sense of the word. Unfortunately, many have not discovered their gifts and purposes in life. They have not started manifesting themselves in the human world. Many do not even give it a thought. Otherwise, the world would have been far better. Of course, your uniqueness is in your gifts and purposes. It should bless the lives of people; people should be amazed and drawn to you as a result of the gift of God inside you. Everyone is gifted and has a purpose. One of the problems is that some want their gift or purpose to look like someone else’s. Never forget this: you are uniquely different. Your gift will make room for you. You need to know that everything in creation is created with a gift; God sent you here to deliver something that we need. You owe the world what you are carrying inside of you. Everything you’re destined to be is inside of you. Your value comes from your gift. You may never be valuable in life if you don’t use your skills and fulfill your purpose.

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Inculcated since childhood

Driven by fear & feeling empty

False expectations

Traits of False Purpose Born out of comparison, competition, and copying others

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God-given Comes from within Not an expectation

Provide solutions

Traits of True Purpose

Helps others Driven by love

Inspires you

Gives you fulfillment

Impacts your world

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Part Two HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE

HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE Before you read the next steps, I advise you to get your pen and paper ready because you will be brainstorming and writing as you read the next few paragraphs. P – PERSONALITY It is the combination of characteristics and qualities that forms your distinctive individual character. God entirely created you. God made you so perfect that everything related to your personality is vital. Some people can be enthusiastic and active social butterflies and sometimes seen as too loud, while others can be ambitious, short-tempered, leader-like, passionate, and irritable. Some can be analytical, wise, and quiet, difficult to please, prone to diseases, and easily affected by situations. In contrast, others can be observant, relaxed, peaceful, afraid of change, undisciplined, and prone to laziness. Right now, pause, take a moment, and write down your personality type. U – UNIQUE ABILITIES God created you with specific abilities that are peculiar to you. Those things you find easy to do while others cannot are pointers, for example, you can cook better than your friends, or you can sing, and the walls will shout glory, or you are a good storyteller, or you can draw beautifully, or when you counsel people, they receive life. These are solid pointers, take note of the compliments you receive FINDING PURPOSE

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on your voice, your smile, your height, your kind heart, your skills, and every other unique ability that you have. Don’t try to be something you are not; be yourself 100%. Take a moment, pen down all your exceptional skills on paper, including all the things people compliment you. R – REASONING When you sit alone by yourself, what does your mind tell you? What does your inner man say about your future? Check your conscience and intuition; what does it say about your future, what does it say about your life? When you dream, do you see yourself doing powerful things you can never imagine yourself doing? Please don’t joke with them; those are pointers to your gifts and purpose. Some people dream of themselves singing to a large crowd, some envision themselves in big offices establishing a business. Listen to your inner man, your dreams, and your intuition. Pause here, write down things your intuition reveals to you and your goals. P – POTENTIAL If you were to do just one thing for the rest of your life without money, what will that be? What potentials do you have, what do you have the power to do? What are the things that when you start doing you become energized, what are you passionate about that when they wake you up from sleep, you can do it with little or no effort? Research has proved that every human being can do over 100 things, but you don’t ever discover it; why? Because you are too shy and busy thinking about what people would say about you. Take a moment here to pen down all your potentials on paper. 10

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O – OUTSTANDING HEART As you go through life, what does your heart gravitate towards any time you see or hear something? How does your heart react? How does your body react? I get excited anytime I see people speaking on the stage, counseling people, or handling Tv shows. I would tell myself I can do this and trust me; I am always getting different opportunities because my heart attracts things I like. Do not forget the law of attraction, whatever you focus your mind on, you attract. Also, within your surroundings, what do you dislike seeing? What do you see that makes you angry, and you feel you can change it? What are those situations or circumstances around you that you think there is something you can do about them? That is a pointer towards your purpose. Right now, pause, write all that your heart gravitates towards any time. S -SPIRITUALITY You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. God is your creator, and He has bestowed unique gifts inside of you. God sent you to earth to provide solutions and be an example of light to the world. So how do you relate with your creator? Do you think you can achieve purpose without its owner? God gave you the Purpose, and He is the only one that can help you achieve it. Ask God to reveal yourself to you. He is the best teacher. All you need to do is to sincerely fellowship with God. Pen

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down all the things God has revealed to you personally or through the people around you. E – EXPERIENCES Just as you are a unique human being on earth, so are your experiences. Some were born rich; some were born poor and became rich. Some lost a part of the body, and some grew new features; some became homeless. At the same time, some bought and built houses; some lost their sources of income while some established million-dollar businesses. So all our experiences are unique; the process you go through is personal. Don’t skip your process; you need it. If you jump up, you will jump down, but when you grow up, you will stay up. That painful experience that almost broke you helped you evolve and is not just for you but to help other people. Share it with the world. Right now, pause, write out your unique experiences. After writing about your personality, unique abilities, reasoning, potentials, generous heart, and experiences, they should all lead to specific pointers as regards to your gift and purpose, don’t joke with this. Go all out and start taking steps towards achieving this. Remember your gifts and purpose are unique to you, don’t compare yourself to other people. Your talents and purpose should not look like those of your friends or somebody you admire on social media. For those that discovered that they have more than one gift or purpose, the next part is for you.

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CAN YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE GIFT AND PURPOSE? HOW DO YOU COPE? YES, you can have more than one gift and Purpose (Multipotentialites – meaning having more than one potential, more than one Purpose). A multipotentialite is an individual who has various interests and imaginative interests throughout everyday life. Multipotentialites have no “one genuine calling” the way others do. Being a multipotentialite, they have numerous paths and seek after every one of them, either consecutively or at the same time (or both). Multipotentialites blossom with picking up, investigating, and acing new abilities. They are fantastic at uniting divergent thoughts in innovative manners, making them mind-blowing trailblazers and issue solvers. As a multipotentialite, you need one of these strategies below, read them, and pick what will work for you. 1. Picking one gift and purpose as a foundation for expansion helps you set priorities through which you can learn and build something substantial before you develop and make use of other skills and fulfilling other purposes. 2. Some people can sing, dance, draw, act, and do many things; this is amazing. You should find a thread; that is, one of your gifts or purposes should link or connect your other skills and drive, which helps you to be different, dynamic, and to experience versatility with ease. You will find that one gift and purpose will link and connect all your other skills and drive.

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Having different skills is terrific because you will be able to merge experience and knowledge from other areas of life to create solutions. You are also able to adapt and evolve. 3. You should note that some of your gifts and purpose support your significant gift and purpose. Not every gift and purpose has to take the lead. Read again steps 1 and 2 above to help you out.

HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE WALKING IN PURPOSE 1. God will give you the provision and resources to achieve them and make things happen. 2. You are creating more than you are copying and duplicating. You are authentic, using your natural gifts. 3. You are unpredictable; nobody understands how you keep making things happen consistently. 4. You are helping and benefitting others. You are impacting the world and creating solutions to people’s problems. 5. You enjoy this sense of fulfillment and satisfaction as you walk in your purpose. Apart from finding purpose, there are other sides to life; you have God, family, career, business, and so on. The next few paragraphs will give you an insight on how to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. 14

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Part Three A PURPOSEFUL LIFE

A PURPOSEFUL LIFE IS DIVIDED INTO 7 AREAS 1. ASSIGNMENT/PURPOSE - Knowing your gifts and understanding your purpose will help you determine the right path to go, the kind of environment to be in, the mentorship required of you (you can check my Instagram page @emmanuelakaiso for my book on mentorship). You will also know the goals you need to attain your gift and purpose, which is very important. 2. GOD - As I have said before, God created you. He knows what He placed inside of you, so you cannot achieve Purpose without God. Build a relationship with God, involve God from the beginning; God is not a plan B. 3. FAMILY - Part of living a purposeful life is creating stability in your family. What goals do you need to set to be a better parent, a better spouse, or a better family member? You cannot exclude family; you cannot be looking for purpose while your family is in disarray. You should know that God created a family for every human being to get support, so your family is meant to help you and not break you. So please create a balance. 4. CAREER - God made you be an example to the world, so, in your career, you should be leading. It should be purposeful and filled with strategic ways to fulfill your purpose. Your career should not distract you from fulfilling purpose, but rather it should assist you. For some people, their job is to generate funds to support their gifts and purpose. That’s not a bad thing; you can do that. For some other people, their gifts and purpose are still developing, so they are working hard to make ends meet until their skills and purpose become an immense commercial value for them. 16

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Your purpose is most times different from your career. For example, one can work in a bank, but maybe their purpose is to be an author or a writer. A sense of fulfillment and purpose is established once they start writing. 5. BUSINESS/INVESTMENT – Let me state clearly that your purpose in life is not to make money but rather to make use of your God-given gifts to impact the world. God doesn’t want you to be poor or broke, so, to live a purposeful life, you need to create goals as regards your finances. Which businesses can you run? Do you want to invest in other people’s companies, or you want to buy stocks/shares? Just make sure you enjoy financial stability, as this would help you live a purposeful life. For example, a banker (career) turned writer (Purpose) can also establish a printing press to help others print books and, in the end, make money (business/investment). 6. EDUCATION - It is what you learn formally or informally. What are the new things you need to know to improve yourself? What goals are you setting for yourself? How do you intend to become better at what you do? Which books do you need to read? Which certifications do you need to attain to become better at what you do? Even with fulfilling your gifts, you need to learn the principles guiding your talents; this is very important. 7. PERSON - You need to set personal goals for yourself, set goals for your body and health. For you to live a purposeful life, you need to have sound health: this is very important, so don’t pursue purpose or gifts then have failing health. You need to know how to balance things in your life.

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NOT FINDING FULFILLMENT IN YOUR PURPOSE? DO THIS: • Look inwards and appreciate yourself. You are doing well. • Celebrate yourself and what God has placed inside of you. • Practise contentment, don’t compare yourself to other people. • Be thankful for where you are and who you are. • Ask God to help you out, to reveal more to you. It could be a sign for you to move up to achieve greater heights than you can imagine.

HINDRANCES TO WALKING IN YOUR PURPOSE 1. Fear of the unknown. 2. Doubt. 3. Excuses. 4. No support system (Lack of mentors and people who can support you). 5. Not knowing where to begin. 6. Discouragement. 7. Listening to negative opinions of people. 18

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8. Deception. 9. Distraction. 10. Impatience. 11. Discontentment (Comparing yourself to other people). 12. Inactivity (Not stepping out). 13. Trying to figure every thing out. 14. Lack of self-confidence.

WAYS TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR PURPOSE • Understand your destiny; know what God has placed inside of you. • Have a vision for your future, see the finished product of your gifts and purpose. • Believe you have the potential and capacity to fulfill your purpose and be confident. • You must live by the laws guiding and protecting your gifts and purpose. • Have a plan laid out to move towards your gifts and purpose. • Be surrounded by the right people, avoid gift/purpose killers. Avoid things and people that can choke up your gifts but rather surround yourself with people that encourage, elevate, and support you, and ignore those that dislike you. • Be Persistent; handle the pressure to go after your gift and purpose. • You need exposure, go outside your comfort zone. Even if you live in a secluded environment, connect with great minds through social media. Don’t let your environment limit you. • Persevere to bring forth your gifts and purpose. There may be challenges on the way to fulfilling purpose, don’t give up, keep pushing. Fulfilling purpose comes with troubles, uncertainties, and risks, but you should persevere and overcome all this.

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• Fulfilling your purpose is not location-based; you can achieve and fulfill your purpose in any part of the world. All you need is the right people, the right environment, and your persistence. • Please go through the process; it’s not a joke. When you grow up, you stay up. Don’t jump, grow. • For those saying I am waiting for God to show me my Purpose, God led you through dreams or vision, or through His Word, or what people compliment about you, or through prophecies, or your intuition, and all the things I mentioned in Purpose discovery. God has placed it inside of you, and He is waiting for you to manifest. You don’t manifest by being quiet, or being down, or discouraged and shy. You step out knowing that God has made you make exploits on earth. While waiting on God, do what waiters do, serve, volunteer, help others, give yourself away for the work of God’s kingdom, and from there, your purpose will become more apparent and more transparent. • Your gifts and purpose should produce more seeds. So, mentor people, coach, and help them to grow and become better. • Pray over your gifts and purpose every day, pray for your role in fulfilling God’s kingdom mandate. Ask God for wisdom to refine it, to use it, and to utilize it. You came out of God, don’t try to fulfill your gifts outside of God.

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A NOTE TO YOU You need to know that purpose is a journey; you have to be free to explore a lot of things so that you can discover your gift(s) and purpose(s). Explore your imagination, take steps, take risks, and you will see that the more you accomplish, the more you realize you can achieve more. So don’t think you can sing alone, from taking that one step into singing, you can start producing, mixing, and establish a music school, and many more things would open up, so you need to explore and make use of all the gifts and Purpose that God has placed inside of you. Thank you for reading this masterpiece. I know this book is direct and straight to the point; I don’t want you to go through the stress of reading 100 pages filled with unnecessary stories on finding purpose. This book is loaded and straight to the point. I am glad that I helped solve your problems and to gain clarity on your purpose in life.

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Notes

Stay Connected Facebook.com/akaiso1 Instagram.com/akaiso_emmanuel If you have a testimony from reading this book, please email [email protected] If you wish to post about this book on your social media, please use #findingpurpose #emmanuelakaiso hashtags.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Emmanuel Akaiso is a Certified Life Coach who helps people to find fulfillment through Coaching, Videos, Mentorship, and Write-ups. He runs a 24/7 Coaching platform where He mentors and coaches people across the globe. He is a member of the Young Africa leaders initiative (YALI), where he serves as an Environmental Analyst, a member of The Royal Society of Chemistry, London & Chemical Society of Nigeria. He is a Google Certified Digital strategist & Social Media expert, an international certified Language Tutor (ISTESOL), a Communications & Health Safety Expert. He is a TV host for the Youth Arise Chatline; he has authored several books, amongst which are “Before you choose a mentor” and “Finding Purpose.”

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