What is life really all about? What is my purpose?
What is this life really all about? What is my purpose?
These are the BIG life questions that we’ve all had, and I don’t know anyone that has ALL the answers. I can only speak from my personal life experience. After trying to shove a square peg in a round hole for many years in the corporate world, I discovered that all of the walls I was hitting were trying to force me down a new path. I found that when I refused to change, life had a way of changing me. And believe you me, I wasn’t a very good listener at first. After back to back surgeries because of exhaustion and running in circles trying to “make it work” I finally realized that I desperately needed a change. I began to see the handwriting on the wall in the form of health issues, stress, weight gain and depression. There weren’t any magic pills that I hadn’t tried or time/project management strategies that I hadn’t mastered. Let’s face it folks, I was on the wrong path-I wasn’t living in a way that was in alignment with my beliefs and the only thing I was learning was how not to completely lose my mind. Once I realized this, I began to plan and save for that desperately needed rainy day (really a rainy year fund.) I began reducing my spending. For example, I started dying and cutting my own hair ($10 instead of $150), making meals instead of eating out ($5 instead of $25) and saved, saved, saved. I also, talked to family, friends and saw a counselor to get the feedback and grounding I needed to forge a new path. I began to incorporate mindfulness technique, meditation and exercise into my daily practice. Before I knew it I began to hear my own voice again and I liked what it was saying. Then I was ready. I was scared to death but I was ready. I took a leap of faith in Dec 2012 and quit my job, a job that was literally killing me and took time to do some soul searching. Now, I DON’T recommend you go out and quit your job. I guess what I’m trying to illustrate, is where there is a will there is a way. If you need a change, then examine what isn’t working and what you need in your life. Create a support system with people that you love and professionals that you trust and then take steps to make changes. Even the smallest steps will get you closer to your goal. Before you know it you have transformed your life.
Here are some tips on how to find your purpose:
Embarking on the journey to discover your life's purpose is a profound and transformative quest. Many individuals grapple with the question of why they are here and what they are meant to contribute to the world. Finding your life's purpose involves self-reflection, exploration, and a willingness to embrace the unknown. Here is a guide to help you navigate the path toward uncovering your life's purpose.
1. Reflect on Your Passions and Interests:
Start by reflecting on what truly excites and inspires you. Identify activities and subjects that make you lose track of time when you engage in them. Consider the things you loved doing as a child, as these early interests can often provide clues about your innate passions.
2. Assess Your Strengths and Skills:
Take stock of your strengths, talents, and skills. What are you naturally good at? What activities make you feel confident and capable? Sometimes, your life's purpose aligns with your unique abilities, and recognizing these strengths can guide you toward a fulfilling path.
3. Explore Different Experiences:
Life's purpose often reveals itself through diverse experiences. Be open to trying new things, whether it's volunteering, traveling, or taking up a new hobby. Exposure to different environments and challenges can help you discover aspects of yourself that you might not have known before.
4. Identify What Truly Matters to You:
Reflect on your values and what truly matters to you in life. What causes or issues resonate with you on a deep level? Aligning your life's purpose with your core values can bring a profound sense of meaning and fulfillment.
5. Pay Attention to Your Intuition:
Listen to your inner voice or intuition. Sometimes, your gut feelings can guide you toward your life's purpose. Pay attention to the activities and decisions that feel right and authentic to you.
6. Seek Inspiration from Others:
Read about the journeys of people who have found their life's purpose. Seek inspiration from their experiences and insights. It can provide valuable perspectives and ignite ideas about your own path.
7. Embrace Challenges and Learn from Setbacks:
Challenges and setbacks are integral parts of life. Embrace them as opportunities for growth and learning. Reflect on what you can glean from difficult experiences and use them to refine your understanding of your life's purpose.
8. Set Meaningful Goals:
Establish goals that align with your evolving understanding of your life's purpose. Break these goals into manageable steps, creating a roadmap that allows you to make progress toward a more purposeful life.
9. Cultivate Mindfulness and Self-Awareness:
Regularly practice mindfulness and self-awareness. Meditation, journaling, or other reflective practices can help you gain deeper insights into your thoughts, emotions, and desires, facilitating the discovery of your life's purpose.
10. Meditate on It:
Set aside time daily to meditate. Anywhere from 10min to 45min a day of meditation time can open you up to receiving powerful downloads of information to bring clarity to your inner essence and your purpose.
11. Be Patient and Persistent:
Finding your life's purpose is a journey that takes time and patience. Be persistent in your quest, understanding that the path may not be linear. Stay open to the possibility that your purpose may evolve over time.
Remember, the search for your life's purpose is a dynamic and ongoing process. It's not a destination but a continuous exploration of self-discovery. By engaging in self-reflection, embracing new experiences, and staying true to your values, you can uncover the unique and meaningful purpose that enriches your life. The journey itself is an integral part of the purpose-finding process, so enjoy the process and be open to the surprises it may bring.
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