Do you feel your life lacks purpose?
Do you find yourself drifting aimlessly through each day, week, month & year?
In this article today I will help you by giving you 3 Steps To Discover The Purpose of Your Life.
I’m Edward Terry, and I am a personal success coach on a mission to provide you with the tools and techniques to help you step into the life of your dreams.
Determining what our purpose is in life can be one of the hardest questions that we as humans must try to answer. In this video I will be going through a step by step process, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end, you should have a fairly solid tool you can immediately employ in your life to help give it a meaningful direction.
Remember to take notes and comment below each step so you cement it in your memory.
There are three steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life:
- Understanding the principle of choice
- Creating your “underlying principle”
- Aligning your life with this underlying principle
The Principle of Choice
Norman Vincent Peale, the author of the best-selling The Power of Positive Thinking first published in 1952, has this to say about the power of choice.
“The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life are determined by the choices that are made”.
Viktor Frankl, in his famous work Man’s Search for Meaning, also said “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”
“Choosing” is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.
Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and aptitude. A lot of us let others make choices for us or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is by listening to what your heart says.
So, to begin with, make a list of things that interest you; things that you have always enjoyed, which make you feel better, which inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature? Do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s lives?
Whatever it is that interests you, write it down and answer these questions. Remember to share your discoveries in the comments.
- What thing do you love to do?
- What is it that you love about this thing and why?
- How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it?
Creating Your Underlying Principle
The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring theme. Maybe, it is “contribution” that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow older, this statement could evolve, but its soul essence will remain the same.
Now, write down your Mission Statement.
Aligning Your Life With Your Underlying Principle
The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose and to begin implementing changes that help to align your daily life with your underlying purpose.
By making these little changes in your lifestyle, you will start to be able to begin living out this principle each and every day. It might take some time, but by becoming aware and intentional of this underlying principle of your life, you will certainly start to feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life as a whole.
If you realise that you love being amidst nature, for example, plan out your holiday in a natural environment – avoid the city break! Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup your energy. If you discover that you enjoy helping those in need, start to look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job or start a new business that is more in line with your mission statement. Some changes will take longer and require more planning, but they are essential if you want to live a life of purpose.
So there you have it! By following along with the steps outlined above, you will be on your way to finding and living out your purpose. And, as you go through this process, just remember, “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” – Steve Maraboli, best-selling author and The Most Quoted Man Alive (2016).
Wayne Dyer also said it beautifully: “Don’t die with your music still in you. Don’t die with your purpose unfulfilled. Don’t die feeling as if your life has been wrong. Don’t let that happen to you.”
And as I say, remember to Live Your Light.