This is a topic on most of our minds at differing junction’s throughout our lives, where we ask, ‘what is my life purpose?’
In times gone by, it was really important for us to figure out our main skill or trade; in order to excel and grow and in order for us to survive. But in today’s modern era, we have more freedom to be able to explore further than our ancestors ever could, and this is a real gift.
With this gift, more options arise, and so it is no wonder why so many of us are stuck in finding out what our ‘thing’ truly is.
If you know your purpose, great! This article will help you to navigate them more easily. If you don’t know your life purpose, that’s okay too. Together we will explore in the next 5 steps on just exactly how you can do this.
Step 1: Prioritise your quality of life
Step one means that we have to discover which parts of our lives are currently working and which are not. For this step, you will need a pen and paper.
On this piece of paper, you are going to write down the following words:
- Friends and family
- Health & Fitness
Next to each of these life areas, you are now going to write a number between 1 and 10.
10 being the highest number of satisfaction, and 1 being the lowest.
From this exercise, you will clearly be able to see what areas of your life are working well for you, and which need a little TLC. If you make it your mission to grow and develop further in each of these areas of your life, you begin to live a life full of purpose.
When we make it our mission to become the best version of ourselves, we walk with purpose every day. We may also find that we help inspire others to do the same!
Step Two: Flow with your interests
For step two, you can really let your inner child go wild with glee. In your spare time, what is it you enjoy thinking about?
Perhaps you like to meditate or take a yoga class? Maybe you enjoy photography and finding the beauty in the world around you? Maybe fashion or writing is your ‘thing’?
We each have differing personalities and interests for a beautiful reason, this reason is that they lead us to living our life purpose.
When we shut ourselves off from our interests, we disconnect from the natural flow of our mission. The more we spend time on the things we love, the more we step into the flow. People and opportunities enter our lives, but first we must be bold enough to embrace our interests fully and not shy away from them. You may just find that your interests develop into a true inner calling the more time you dedicate to them.
Step Three: Go from one thing to another
The ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ archetype is so often frowned upon. However, allowing yourself to transition from one thing to another can miraculously help you to find the big mission.
Those who have found happiness from doing what they love, all share a similar life story theme — this is that they tried many different things before they found their main calling.
Step three requires bravery and leaps of faith. Don’t be scared to try and try again. Don’t feel afraid to move from job to job until you find a true vocation. Bouncing back from the things that don’t work also builds major resilience, which develops us as people more than anything else in life.
Step Four: Embrace change
Change is a natural part of life. When we are open to it, we flow downstream. When we resist it, it can almost feel as though we are swimming against a current.
Taking up a new hobby, trying a new spiritual practice, or meeting new people all requires a change to occur. Do something in the coming weeks that you have never tried before, you may not like it, but you may love it!
Question the beliefs you have about yourself and your likes and dislikes. You may surprise yourself with what you find.
Step Five: Serve
If you still don’t know what your mission is after developing the main areas of your life, looking deeply into your interests, transitioning from one thing to another and embracing change, there is one final step you can take: simply ask how you can help others.
Sometimes, we think we are going to have an awakening where the clouds open up and our mission stares in our face. This can happen, but more often than not, another road is walked.
There are many people who never discover their purpose, until they throw everything else aside and make a conscious effort to serve. Sometimes in the moments of helping other people, we get the greatest inner transformations.
As we reach out to pull others up, we, in doing so, help ourselves. We learn what our character is truly made of and we feel a deep connection to the world around us.
Our purpose becomes less about what we are doing and more about how we are being. We feel connected, one and whole and we feel a purpose in life greater than ever before.
This is the true calling of our soul, to be interdependent and collaborative. To shine a light for others to see, so that we can have our own lightbulb moments. In service, we gain the most clarity on what our purpose deeply and truly is.