How To Find Your Purpose
Why must there be a purpose to everything? Because I believe without purpose there is no future. A lot of times we scroll down social media and wish we had the life of someone else. I’m guilty of it, I’m always comparing timelines and what I wish I was doing with my life right now instead of my current situation. And for a long time, I would ask myself: How do I find my purpose? Well, like all things in life, I’m no master at it. But I’m on the journey towards it and I want to get you on that path too.
What is purpose?
The literal definition:
To me, purpose means fulfillment. Happiness. Success. While you might not have the mental energy to believe that you were put on this Earth for a reason, I want to help you at least believe in the possibility that there is more out there for you than what you currently believe for yourself.
Over the years, I’ve found that finding your purpose helps you feel better about yourself and gets you out of bed in the mornings. While being stuck in the same routine is good in some senses, not ever getting the life you want is not the plan for you. I believe you are destined for bigger and better things. And if you don’t know where to start, let me help you.
Make a List
Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Grab a pencil if the commitment of ink is too much for you right now. No one is judging. Don’t do this on a computer or your phone. I’m sure you have tons of empty journals lying around or you could even do this on a napkin. The point is to go old school with it and let your thoughts touch paper.
Make a list of all the things you like. The things you’re passionate about. These can be foods, animals, social causes, TV shows. Whatever. The point of this list is to show you that you do like things. You favor them. You are capable of having an opinion. These things get you excited. They put a smile on your face. From that list, you’re going to pair the like with an action.
What are the things you can do to get involved? Is there a career or an opportunity that is associated with it? Can you take a cooking class to appreciate pizza more or a workshop that shows you how to write a screenplay? Your likes have actions. Find them. Do them.
Seek & Ask
Ask The Universe. What is my purpose? Pray. Meditate. Free write a conscious stream of thought in your journal. Ask for signs. Look for things that make you happy. Chances are if you are happy, you’re more willing to be open to trying new things. Things you’ve always wanted to try and things that scare you. All these questions and openness will lead you to something that can inspire a door into your purpose.
Ask your friends and family. Talk about it. Maybe you need to hear how someone walked into their purpose to trigger yours to be top of mind for you. Instead of gossiping with a coworker, ask them what they like to do outside of work. Odds are it will spark some inspiration and get you thinking about what you’re interested in too. Share it.
Try Something New
After you’ve done some internal processing and sought out some ideas from others, try something new. Sign up for that cooking class if you like pizza. Start a blog or start writing that book. Sign up for tutoring for the GRE to put you on the path to take the test that will get you the life you want.
The point isn’t to find your purpose immediately. It’s to start the road to discovering it. The point of life isn’t to win, it’s to follow the journey. It’s to find a lovely life. Not to obtain it. You obtain the life you want by going out there and finding it.