Today let’s explore what may be the single most important tools for a peaceful life. It starts as a yes or no question, and there is not right or wrong answer. You just need to be open to considering what to do with your answer. Here’s the billion dollar question: Do you understand the purpose of your life – the reason you were put on this earth in this place and in this time?
If you answered a very firm “yes” and can easily explain what it is, then that is amazing! I’m happy for you to know your purpose and to share it with the world. However, if you answered “no” or “maybe” or even “I think so,” then this article may be very helpful.
Where do you find it?
There are many avenues to explore when it comes to discovering your life purpose. The important thing to remember, though, is nobody else can find your purpose for you. Your life purpose is unique from anyone else’s, there is only one you! Finding your purpose is an important mission that you – and only you – can complete.
In your quest to find your purpose, concentrate on enjoying the journey itself more than the end result. Sometimes when you stop stressing about finding your life’s purpose, it shows up in the most unexpected ways!
Consider some of these options to make your search a little easier:
Write about life
Try journaling with a pencil and paper, or (if you must) grab your laptop and just start writing. Write about how you truly feel and what you want out of life. Remember that no one is going to read this other than you, so don’t be afraid to express all your thoughts. There are no limits.
Go back and reread this each day. Change it as many times as you need. Once you feel it is complete, review what you’ve written and look for new realizations that may lead you to your purpose.
Pursue your passions
What are your passions? Do you love to travel? Do you love to work with children, or how about animals? Is there something you love to do so much, whether it’s a job, a volunteer position, or a hobby, that you can’t imagine living your life without doing it? This may be the gateway to your purpose.
Consider your talents
Think about the areas in which you naturally excel and see if you want to turn these skills into something meaningful for you and those who appreciate you.
Many people are drawn to a life purpose that makes them feel like they’re making a true difference in the lives of other people. You may find it fulfilling to be using something you’re good at to help others that are in need.
For example, if you find that you’re good at comforting people, perhaps you can consider a career in counseling.
Talk with inspiring people
Strike up a conversation with someone who inspires you. While you might not be interested in the same things, you can talk about how they discovered their purpose. Their triumphs and struggles will make good lessons for you on your journey to your purpose.
Ask what brings you joy
Reflect on the moments in your life when you’re most happy. What are you doing at these times? You can start the quest for your life purpose by using what already makes you happy. Are you most happy when you are creating something, building something, or volunteering?
Maybe you’re most happy when you’re just sitting at home with your family. That’s a wonderful gift of purpose – to influence and love on those most important to you.
Remember that you’re not necessarily searching for something that is bold, or larger than life. Many people’s purpose seem insignificant to some, but are invaluable to others. Look around you – your life purpose may already be under your nose.
Sometimes the thing that holds you back from self-discovery is a fear of change. There’s comfort and safety in not taking risks, but you also may miss out on discovering your life’s true purpose.
There are ways you can train your brain to be more open to change. One useful tool is to deliberately do things that require you to change your daily routine. Try using your non-dominant hand for a day. Take a different route to work or the store. Change up your menu if you usually eat the same things day after day. Get your brain used to thinking differently about routine things so change is not a threat – especially for the bigger things.
The secret is to learn to love flexibility because life is ever changing around you.
Align with your values
Everyone has a set of values, whether they realize it or not, and they determine how you will ultimately live your life. You can identify your core values and use them as a starting point to discovering your life purpose.
Make a list of your ten top values, then circle the top three most important to you. Rewrite your list putting your most important values at the top. Think about what you can do to honor those values in life every day and you may find your purpose.
Finding your purpose in life may not be as hard as you think. Use these strategies on your journey and one day soon you’ll realize that you’ve found the one reason for your life that makes everything worthwhile.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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