One of my favorite outdoor activities is quail hunting. If you are like me, I get as much out of watching a good pointer work the fields as I do shooting quail. When you are watching a good pointer work, you see an animal doing what it was created to do. Pointers, in general, have three purposes in the field:

  1. Point the quail for the hunter so as not to get the quail up until the hunter is ready
  2. Flush (or jump) the quail upon command
  3. Retrieve the quail after being shot

I have had a few bird dogs. I was always amazed how a ten-week old pointer would point. Without any training, the dog would point the quail. The tail is locked straight, front paw pulled up and shivering with excitement. Again, these dogs were created for this purpose.

The dictionary definition for purpose is- “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” Like a good bird dog, we too were created with a purpose. When we are not on purpose, we find ourselves less content and even out-of-balance. Life just isn’t as fulfilling, no matter how much money is being made. If you try to put a pointer in a duck blind to retrieve duck, that dog will have a hard time. Yes, the dog can retrieve, but it will be very difficult and unsatisfied.

You and I need to be aware of the unique qualities and gifts in each person. Like the young bird dog, we need an experienced person who knows our capabilities, helps us see our abilities and sets us in the direction to realize our potential. Through the years, I have deliberately sought after mentors and coaches to help me recognize my purpose and stay aligned to it. You will find that your environment (culture) will tend to pull you away from your purpose and this is the reason we each need trusted mentors and coaches to direct us.

We need to know one key thing as we look for our purpose, and it is this… God has created each of us with a purpose and given you a unique gift. As we utilize our gifts, we become fulfilled and content. It doesn’t mean everything goes right, it means you’ll have a joy in what you do. Just as the pointer naturally points the quail to the hunter, we naturally operate within our areas of gifting.

Where do we start? First, be sure to find the right person for you to help guide you. Ask him/her to mentor you and help you see your true calling and purpose. This won’t happen in a mere week or month. It will take time, testing and work. Look into taking assessments that will evaluate how your are wired. Once confirmed, a plan for our development and training is needed. We need to be sharpened for our calling. Like a good bird dog, you may need some re-training to perfect your calling. When you do, you’ll find your fulfillment and joy.

Mitch Smith
Mitch is passionate about the outdoors. Raised on farm land in rural Kershaw, SC, he loved the outdoors, especially hiking, hunting and fishing. Today, he is passing on this passion to the next generation. In his career, he has launched four technology firms and now serves the executive ranks with his technology and management consulting firm Rootloud. His is a national speaker, published author, military veteran and graduate of The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina.