There are many ways to answer the question, "what's my purpose," but perhaps you've never gone about it in a systematic way. This diagram can show you the intersection of 4 key components of self: 1. Your talents: how are you naturally gifted? What comes easy to you that doesn't come easy to others? What is natural to how you think? What seems effortless? 2. What brings you joy: what makes your heart sing, your toes tap, your face smile? What makes you giddy? 3. How you can serve others: Ok, yes, I could be a missionary to Zimbabwe, but is that what I'm really called to do without a natural connection or interest in Zimbabwe? We can do lots of things, but consider 1 & 2 when you answer this--what fits with who you are innately. 4. What motivates you. This section corresponds specifically to The Color Code--a workshop I provide to groups that is designed to reveal an individual's core motivating drive. However, you can answer that question generally for the purposes of filling out this diagram. What is the carrot that you dangle for yourself to get things done? This is different than joy, however--this is about action--what drives you to get things done?
So why do the conscious work of filling in this diagram? Sometimes we can't see what's so obvious to everyone else. And sometimes we don't do this same activity for our teams like we do for self. So whether you're thinking individually or as a business, church, or group with a cause, dare to to be completely honest, transparent and open to feedback as you fill this out. The goal is clarity, not confusion. Scripture says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a sound mind--let's use that as we approach this activity. Ask others what you're great at and what you're not great at--same thing for teams--be prepared to ask others but balance the feedback with what you know you are called and equipped to do.
Change the lingo to fit who you are--if the word "purpose" is tripping you up, substitute for a word that has more meaning.
Draw 4 overlapping circles and try your own purpose diagram using my example as a reference.
Don't overthink, but do think.
Be completely honest about who you are as an individual or team, warts and all! This is an exercise in truth not ego.