Are you struggling to find your purpose?
A lot of people struggle to find their life purpose and feel like they are held back from becoming the best version of themselves. A lot of us spend our whole lives searching outside to find a sense of purpose, not realizing all the keys to our purpose lies within us.
Nothing can ever take place without first knowing your purpose. Once you have a purpose you then have something set to aim for or you’re likely to spend your life doing all the wrong things and not achieving the results that you wish to obtain.
It was Henry J. Kaiser who said “The evidence is overwhelming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you set some aim in life.”
I believe that we all have a purpose for which we are created. Our responsibility and our greatest joy is to seek and identify your purpose. Feeling like we have a purpose is an essential part of being happy. We all need to have a sense of meaning and direction, otherwise we dart in different directions or go around in complete circles, which is exhausting!
Our purpose in life is often linked to sharing our knowledge and gifts to the world and learning from our past experiences and challenges and to do this as consciously as possible.
When searching for your purpose it has to be unique to you, because it is shaped by:
- Your core values.
- Your life experiences.
- Your personality characteristics.
Searching for your purpose?
It takes hard work and dedication to build your passion and turn your purpose into a thriving business. But, think about the future you.
What will the future you say if you’ve laid the foundations and planned for a better life for them to be able to wake up to their passion and purpose every single day?
If your life was literally changed over night, you had money in abundance and you ticked everything off on your bucket list, what would you spend your remaining days doing? What do you decide to do with your time that would bring a meaning to your life? How would you make a difference in this world?
It was Steve Jobs from Apple who said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”
When this lifetime is over, how do you want to be remembered?
Steve Jobs also said “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
What will be your legacy? This is YOUR PURPOSE.
5 Ways of Finding your Life Purpose
1. Sharing Your Gift – If you have some bit of knowledge on a particular subject, you can share it with the world. There are so many people searching for answers to basic and advanced questions each and every day. If you love teaching or inspire to help others, passing on this information to others is one of the most rewarding things that you can provide to another person.
Think of a time when you were stuck on a difficult task and how long it took you before you solved that problem. If you researched and found that information or the answer that was passed onto you, how did that make you feel? Then, think of how much of an advantage it would be for someone else if you were to provide them with the solution that they’ve been searching for?
2. Serve Humanity – Your passion could be helping others. Your purpose could be tied heavily with how you will service your fellow human beings and how it will bring you much closer to your purpose. You may find putting a smile on someone else’s face will give you a rewarding sense of accomplishment.
3. Understand Yourself – Your life’s purpose could be set in personal development. The better understanding that you have of your own personality’s strengths and weaknesses, the more clarity you will have about your life’s purpose and how you can serve others.
4. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone – When you begin to learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of the faster you will grow internally. The motivation to push yourself to learn new things and take on new challenges and life experiences, the closer you come to your life’s purpose. This can mean stepping out of your known comfort zones and taking on lustrous challenges that will push you to become great.
5. Your Desire – How much effort will you apply to reach your goals? How much do you actually want to live your purpose? The more you want it, the more time, energy and commitment you will ask from yourself to go out and get it, and the rewards will be far greater than you have ever imagined.
A good poet once said “Do what's good for you otherwise you are no good to anybody“.
Finding Purpose in Your Life’s Work
The basic formula to finding your life's purpose is:
(Talents + Dreams + Why) = Life-changing work.
- Talents – By rediscovering your talents you’ll have greater success by making the most out of your talents, your innate sense of purpose. What you were WIRED to do.
You've got to love what you do and what you love to do is often that which brings you the greatest satisfaction.
What brings you the greatest satisfaction are those things that you can do well, that come naturally to you.
- Dreams – You need to be in pursuit of your dreams and aspirations.
What do you want to achieve in this life?
What's holding you back from achieving your goals?
One of the biggest mistakes we can make in life is giving up without a fight. There is a self-limiting behavior that’s preventing you from achieving your objectives? Do you often find that you're sabotaging yourself?
Never stop pursuing your goals because if you stop yourself short you could miss out on achieving your set goal and you'll never know how close you were to success.
When searching for the answers, there are plenty of obstacles standing between you and anything worthwhile doing.
Your dreams help you identify your goals and the level of action required to make them come to fruition.
- Why – Your why should be your driving factor to wake you up and get up out bed every morning to live your purpose.
Your why defines you.Your why is much greater than yourself, why are you doing this work?
Who is to benefit from you achieving your goals.
Who will it help and how will it impact their lives by you achieving your goals?