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I feel like I have so much in life - healthy children, a happy marriage, good health - yet I still don't feel I've found my purpose in life. How do I find my purpose?
Answer: Our purpose = the real reason we exist. Your purpose is derived from what you value most. There are many ways of finding this out, some are fairly involved and length, and some are really simple.
Here's a simple way how you can find your purpose. Allow at least 15 minutes for this exercise. Grab a pen and paper. Write freely with wild abandonment.
You will get greater and greater clarity as you address each of the 4 question areas below.
1. Identify what you like about yourself. Think of your abilities and charactieristics. Think of the ideals that you, personally, believe in most strongly. What you stand for. Then choose the single most important principle to you - your guiding principle.
2. Identify how you most like spending your time. What brings you great joy? What actions do you need to do your favourite activities? Think in terms of "action verbs"; action verbs are words like: create, discover, inspire, nurture, restore, organise, communicate, etc. Then, narrow it down to the top 3 choices.
3. Target your purpose. You can manifest your purpose through your service - Your life purpose would also involve being of service. It's about being of service to others. Consider those in society who you care about strongly and would like to see helped, i.e. what groups or types of people or entity would you most like to serve, support, nurture or see helped? Think of as many as come to mind (10-12 if possible). Then you choose the single most important one to you, the one that you feel the strongest about. This is your target.
4. Imagine your perfect world. Where are you? What are you doing in that world? What do you see there? Are there any sounds? How are you feeling in that moment?
You may hit a few snags - a common one is ‘I don't know' or ‘This feels ridiculous' ‘I'll never get there so why bother' or ‘I want that but it would never work because ....'. These thoughts and feelings of resistance are normal. Just persist, show up for yourself and be true to yourself, because your purpose is worth finding.
If you hit a dead end with ‘I don't know' and tell yourself ‘Yes, of course I don't know, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this exercise. Yet, if I were to make it up as best as I could, my answer would be ......' and keep writing.
Find the connections across the 4 areas. Individually these sections are not complete. Your purpose is what connects these four areas together. In other words, it is the way you can use your favourite characteristics, abilities and attributes in activities you like best, to target and manifest your vision of a perfect world. Don't be deceived by the simplicity of this technique. Just put the components together and you will uncover your true purpose in life.
Congratulations! Because if you have properly and successfully completed the above steps your life purpose will have been revealed to you ... and you will have taken a giant step toward purposeful self discovery. When the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it's coming to you from a different source entirely. It'll come from deep within your unconscious, free from filters, biases, limits.
You would have gained extremely valuable and practical knowledge you can use - today - to choose, focus and direct your life into whatever you want it to be.
unhappy a person may be, the moment he knows the purpose of his life a switch
is turned and the light is on... If he has to strive after that purpose all his
life, he does not mind so long as he knows what the purpose is.
"Ten such people have much greater power than a thousand people working from morning till evening not knowing the purpose of their life."
My personal purpose is to live authentically, be a light to the world and to make a difference (MAD) wherever I am to the people around me; creating a MAD ripple effect beyond my imagination.
What is yours?
Just some points on what purpose is NOT:
Sylvia, when you discover your own unique answer to the question of why you're here, you will feel it resonate deeply within you. The words will seem to have a special buzz of energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them. Discovering your purpose may take you 15 minutes, but living and being on purpose will take practice and time as you work on yourself towards being that purpose.
Feel free to contact me if you want a deeper conversation on clarifying your purpose even more and living purposefully.
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