What is my life’s purpose? What is the purpose of my life? How do I find my purpose in life?
Questions like these are becoming asked more and more, whether verbally or of ourselves. As society is going through its changes, an urgency is arising for us to live a life of purpose. We are losing our foundations and seeking to find something to hold on to. Don’t believe me? A goggle search of: finding life purpose yields over 81 million results! Just as society is going through a period of transformation, so are we as individuals. We are looking for something to give us meaning to our lives. A purpose. We may have goals that we wish to accomplish during our life but a purpose is different in that it provides meaning.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds;
Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~Patanjali
How Do We Find Our Life Purpose?
There are so many resources and techniques on finding our life purpose. I have included links to various other articles at the end this post. Just as with anything else in life, we need to find a method that resonates with us. Following is one technique for finding your life purpose and living a life of passion. We can determine whether we are living with our purpose by how much joy we are experiencing in our lives. The things that bring us the most joy are in alignment with our purpose. There are a couple of exercises in The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield to help with finding your life purpose, which I will outline here.
Finding Your Joy
Make a list of the times you have felt most joyful and alive. What are the common elements of these experiences? Can you figure out a way to make a living doing these things? Be creative!
The Life Purpose Exercise
- List two of your unique personal qualities, such as enthusiasm and creativity.
- List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others, such as to support and to inspire.
- Assume the world is perfect right now. What does this world look like? How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it feel like? Write your answer as a statement, in the present tense, describing the ultimate condition, the perfect world as you see it and feel it. Remember, a perfect world is a fun place to be. Example: Everyone is freely expressing their own unique talents. Everyone is working in harmony. Everyone is expressing love.
- Combine the three previous sections into a single statement. Example: My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to support and inspire others to freely express their talents in a harmonious and loving way.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. ~Joseph Campbell