4 Tips on How to Find Purpose in Your Life
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Many people live their lives in pursuit of one thing that they never find, but those who do, feel enlightened and accomplished. What is this mystery thing that I am referring to? You've probably heard about it before, it's called PURPOSE. Purpose is what drives the leaders of countries, writers, teachers, business people or otherwise. I personally believe that people without purpose live their entire life lost and unfulfilled.
I have asked myself this question so many times, and perhaps if you're reading this post, you have too. What is my life purpose? I would love to tell you that I have this all figured out but I would be hypocrite. Purpose is not the easiest thing to find. I haven't been around for that long but I have had multiple epiphanies about what I should be doing. Ultimately if you are still wondering what is your life purpose, you're not alone. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, so don't beat yourself up if you don't have all the answers.
What is purpose?
I define purpose as the reason for life. It's why we wake up each day to do what we do.
Here's a more formal definition of purpose. According to Dictionary.com purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
People have found their purpose through music, sports, philanthropy, the creative arts and so much more. There is one distinction that we must make before we can move forward in understanding purpose, that is, the difference between talent and purpose. The world is filled with millions of talented people, some who have managed to turn their talent into an income earner. The truth is, even though you have a knack for something it doesn't automatically make it your life purpose. Nevertheless if you are able to connect your talent with your purpose then you have a win-win situation on your hands.
For example a successful musician, who has always wanted to open a children's home can do so comfortably thanks to their career earnings. In this instance, his talent has paved the way for them to fulfill his life purpose. Recall what was said earlier though, that purpose can change over time.
How is purpose affected?
Throughout your lifetime it is possible to experience multiple shifts in what you believe to be your life purpose. Purpose can be affected by different circumstances, such as loss, crisis, relationships, career changes and other events. These circumstances often change the coarse of people's lives, thereby either shifting their understanding of their life's purpose or creating an entirely new one.
How to identify what is your purpose in life
Truly identifying your purpose in life can take years of exploration or as little as a few months. Here are 4 simple tips that you use while you journey to find yourself, your passion and your purpose.
1. Take Action-
Well, you can't expect it to fall from the sky into your hands right? You have to go out and get it! If you believe that you were meant to do something, you must work at it on a daily basis. Schedule time to learn about it and formulate a plan to actually achieve it. If it is worth achieving I doubt you'll be hesitant to put in the work necessary to see it through.
2. Explore Your Interests-
The quickest way to identify your purpose is by exploring a list of things that you are passionate about. It ties in with the first point that encourages action. First you must be ready to start the journey and then you must also be prepared to sieve through your list of interests. In doing so, you will have a clearer picture regarding what you truly want to achieve within your lifetime.
3. Understand that your purpose doesn't have to be singular-
There are people in this world who have latched on to a single purpose or reason for their life. My question is, what if you're not one of them? It is possible to have more than one purpose and it does not mean that there is anything wrong with you. Better yet, it signifies that you want to give more of yourself and contribute to the world in more ways than one. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to me!
It is always better to surround yourself with people of like mind when you're on the search for enlightenment and purpose. You will need a strong support system of positive people who will lift your spirit when you're feeling down and lost. You can always check out my article on how to choose your circle here if you need more information on this.
"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it"- Dennis P Kimbro