To find the purpose of life you must first find out what you love to do most and then make a difference in the world by doing it. Your purpose is not what you do but what makes you feel good when your doing it, what lights you up and makes you happy. Read on to to begin your journey, one of these ideas might just be the key to unlock your purpose.
1. Write it Down
Start a journal to unlock hidden thoughts of your subconscious and explore a part of you that has been dormant for a long time. Write your daily thoughts about what made you feel good that day or even what didn’t make you feel good. Write a daily gratitude list for all the things that you were thankful for that day. The point I’m trying to make is that writing will allow you to look at your life with deeper meaning and unravel the parts of you that remain hidden. It’s a great (and easy!) way to find the purpose of life relevant to you.
2. Find Your Passion
Passion is an energy of excitement when you’re doing what you love. What are the things that make you feel great? What action or activity gives you genuine excitement? Identifying your passions allows you to begin living your purpose because your purpose comes from the way you feel when you love what you do. Are you excited to tell people what you do? If not, what would be something you could be doing right now that would awaken your excitement and passion?
3. Identify Your Strengths
Identifying your strengths and the qualities that make you stand out allows you to pinpoint what you need to do to bring purpose and meaning to your life. Your strengths are an important part of the equation to find your purpose so you can use them to make a difference in the world and achieve life fulfillment.
4. Think About What You Want Your Life to Be
Seriously. What do you want your life to look like 1 year, 2 years or 5 years from now? Are you taking the necessary steps so it can look the way you want it to be? Take a look at your life right now, what changes can you make to achieve the future you’re envisioning? The key is to start making those changes today.
5. Think About What You Don’t Want Your Life to Be
I remember driving down the high street one day when it was pouring with rain, freezing cold and appeared dark and gloomy. It was around 8.50 a.m. and as I drove past a post office, I noticed a queue of people who (I assume) had retired from their jobs, waiting for the post office to open so they could collect their pension money. Even though there is nothing wrong with this, in that moment I told myself I personally did not want to be the one standing at that post office in the future. Knowing what you want AND what you don’t want helps you plot out your life path accordingly.
What don’t you want? And what do you need to do to avoid going down the wrong path?
6. Have a Vision
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. ~ Joel A. Barker
Vision gives you something to focus on instead of walking through life aimlessly. You are here for a reason, so create your vision. Make the vision bold and worthy enough to give you meaning and purpose for its achievement.
7. Ask Yourself an Important Question
If you had all the money in the world, what would you be doing? Think about that!
What exactly would you be doing if money wasn’t a factor in making your decision? Perhaps teaching, or travelling, maybe even singing? Answering this question is an easy way to finding your purpose!
8. What Are Your Values?
Are you living your values? Do you even know what they are? You should be, because values are the driving force behind everything you do, including your daily decisions. Knowing your values helps you to understand yourself better and will allow you to live your life with authenticity, integrity and of course, purpose.
9. Start Reading Books That Matter
Read books that inspire you, teach you how to improve your life and live to your full potential. These kind of books have helped me grow and expand my knowledge and creativity. It helps open your mind, broaden your perspectives and spark ideas so you can make a change to your own life and and other people’s lives.
10. Try Meditation
You don’t need to sit and meditate for an hour. Spending as little to 5 to 10 minutes a day to reflect on your life and goals may just be enough to give you the clarity and insight you need to reach your life goals.
11. Take the Time to Travel Often
Traveling, and the new experiences that comes along with it, will open your mind and give you new opportunities, ideas and inspiration that you might not have had otherwise if you stayed within your comfort zone. Trying new things, meeting new people and seeing how others live differently in different place might just give you a new passion for your life, as well as being grateful for what you’ve already accomplished.