Discovering Your Life's Purpose


From a very early age we are asked what we want to be when we grow up.  As children, we usually have a quick answer to this (although it may change quite often). We are able to contemplate it for years and years, but when we become adults we have no idea what we are really meant to do. Many of us go off to college and pursue things that we are most interested in only to find that the dream job we land isn’t as fulfilling as we hoped for some reason or another. By that time we have responsibilities and possibly even a family to support, so we feel we have no other choice than to continue working unfulfilled. We feel that there just isn’t time to consider what we are truly on this earth to do and we push those thoughts to the back of our minds.

Have you considered what your true purpose is in life? Do you find yourself asking the following questions?

  • How can I find more meaning in my life?
  • How can my work be more fulfilling?
  • What life am I meant to live?

The search for your life purpose is a very personal one.  It will require a lot of self-reflection and self-discovery and your core values and beliefs should really drive your decisions in identifying this.  Living your life aligned with your core values will bring a sense of complete fulfillment.

So you know you want to find your life’s purpose, but how?  The following is an exercise to help stretch your mind in searching for your purpose.  Before answering the questions below follow these instructions:

  • Find a quiet comfortable place to sit with no interruptions (no technology).
  • Few sheets of loose paper and a pen, not a pencil.
  • Write the first thing that pops into your mind (no editing) as you go through the questions.
  • Write quickly; Give yourself no more than 60 seconds for each question.
  • Be very honest.
  • Enjoy the process and smile while you write.

Ready?  Answer the following questions:

  1. What were your favorite things to do in the past?  What about now?
  2. What activities make you lose track of time?
  3. What makes you smile (activities, people, events, hobbies, projects, etc.)?
  4. What makes you feel great about yourself?
  5. Who inspires you the most (family, friends, authors, artists, etc.)?
  6. What are you naturally good at (skills, abilities, gifts, etc.)?
  7. What do people typically ask you for help with?
  8. What would you regret not fully doing, being, or having in your life?
  9. Take a minute to put yourself in the following scenario:
    Imagine you are 90 years old, sitting on a rocking chair on your porch; you can feel the spring breeze gently brushing against your face.  You are pleased with the wonderful life you have been blessed with.  Looking back at all that you’ve achieved and acquired, all the relationships you’ve developed; what matters to you the most?  List them out.
  10. Given your talents, passions and values.  How could you use these resources to serve, to help, to contribute (people, causes, organizations, environment)?

After completing this self-discovery, you should have a better understanding of yourself and what your core values are.  Based on your answers to the above questions, you should begin to see what your life’s purpose is.  Write it down.  Continue to reflect and refine your purpose a few times until you feel it is right.

Take Care & Take Charge - In Your Life and Business!

In success,

-- Robert.

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