Consider these words from Patanjali: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

I believe each one of us has the unlimited potential to find and live our great purpose. And even though I understand the fear factor, I still get frustrated whenever I talk to people who are living scripted, paint-by-number lives that are comfortable, but courage-free.

Too often we choose paycheck and position over passion and purpose. We convince ourselves we’re safe in the job, without considering the fact that we are only safe until the boss decides we’re not. And then one day we’re escorted from our cubicle with ten years of work memories in a cardboard box.

How do I know? Because I’ve made that walk myself.

The good news is that you can make a different choice right now. You can choose work that feeds your soul and makes a difference in the world, and arrive at the the intersection Aristotle referred to when he spoke of “the place where your talents and the needs of the world cross.”

Begin by taking an inventory of your unique gifts and consider how best to use them to move the world forward. Ask yourself, “What is my purpose for being on this planet?” Then wait for the answer. And when it arrives, lace up your shoes and get on with it.

You, and our world, will reap the benefits.