If you’ve followed me for any length of time (if so, thank you), you’ve probably seen the phrase, “find your purpose – find your joy!” more than once. However, I’ve noticed that many people don’t know now to find their purpose. In my humble opinion, you will find your purpose once you understand your passions and your values.
Let’s get started by focusing on the passions in today’s post. If you’re in tune with your self, you’ve already discovered many of your passions – the things that bring you excitement and motivation to do more. However, maybe you’ve not yet connected with activities, skills, and interests that ignite your passion.
No worries – it takes time, soul-searching, and some life experience to identify your true passions. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions to get to know yourself a bit better. Once you’ve had the chance to make your way through the questions, review them and look for a pattern or a trend.
This is intended to be a fun activity, so don’t put any pressure on yourself. If the answer to any particular question doesn’t come to you, just skip it for now and come back to it later. If the answer still doesn’t come, just let it go. There are no right or wrong answers, and no pass or fail – so use have fun with it. Ready to start? Ask yourself:
What’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do? Briefly consider what would need to happen in order for you to carry through with this long-sought wish. When you’re ready, you can come back to this one and put together a plan.
If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be? Let your mind go. The sky’s the limit! It could be something related to your work, your home, or simply a lark.
Where do I really want to live? What country, city or town? What type of residence do I want? Perhaps you’re already fulfilling this passion and you do live in your true first choice. If not, ponder the possibilities.
Where would I like to visit? Perhaps you’re harboring a secret yearning to visit Washington, D.C. or Westminster Abbey in London. The streets of Hong Kong may be calling your name or even the Grand Canyon. Remember – no limits – just dream.
What do I talk about doing but never do it? In a conversation, you might state something like, “I’ve always wanted to take a cruise to the Caribbean.”
This one is a bit tougher – What are the reasons I don’t go after my dreams? Explore within yourself why you haven’t pursued the life you want.
Finish the sentence, “More than anything, before I die, I want to ___________?” Don’t take time to think, in fact try to clear all the thoughts out of your brain, then say the first thing that comes into your mind and fill in the blank.
What are some of the things in my life that I would like to get rid of? It’s okay to write it down – make it for your eyes only.
Who inspires me and why? It’s important to know who inspires you so you can learn more about them, and if possible spend more time with them. What is it about them that lights you up so much?
If I could make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be? Your answer to this question will really open up your possibilities.
What’s missing from my life? Answering this question may require considerable soul-searching. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – just put down the first things that come to mind.
Who are my biggest supporters? Think about the way they support you, and why you appreciate the support. Are they pushing you in the direction you want to go? On the flip side, are there people who make you feel unsupported? Who and why?
Finally, ask yourself, what is the legacy I want to leave behind?
If you take the time to ponder each of these questions, you’ll be pleased with what you discover. Your true passions are inside you, just waiting to be let loose to bring you excitement, joy, and fulfillment.
Next step – let’s look at your values – but we’ll save that for another day.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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