“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” -Albert Schweitzer
The ideas and inspirations for this post is borrowed from Steve Pavlina’s article: How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes. http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/01/how-to-discover-your-life-purpose-in-about-20-minutes/
“What should I do with my life?” Does that question make your head spin?
You are looking to discover your purpose and passion in life and once and for all find your true calling. Perhaps you think that a career is the only place you can express this.
You really want to discover your calling in life; that thing you came here to do. The purpose of your life is to find your gift and share it with the world in positive and meaningful ways.
You want to get off the treadmill of life and start creating a life that you consciously choose instead of a work schedule set up by someone else. You want control and you want to spend your time doing what you want, when you want to do it.
Even more you want to earn a living doing what you are meant to do and what is a natural fit for you. You want to live your life on purpose.
Some say that you have no inherent purpose in life and that you were born just do whatever you feel like at any given moment. Maybe this is true for some people, but I know this isn’t true for you.
I like to use the Disney World scenario.
Let’s say you reserved a one week vacation at Disney World and you also have a purpose while you are there.
You want to see the Epcot center, go on Space Mountain, see the Hall of Presidents and visit Cinderella’s Castle.
You are doing more than just going to Disney World, you have an Itinerary too.
The same goes with your life. Before you were born you had a purpose, an Itinerary of things you wanted to experience and become.
The problem is that you forgot what that was or at least you have a very vague recollection of it.
You want more out of life and you are willing to do whatever it takes to become the person you were meant to be.
The problem is you lost your map and you have no direction. You are feeling lost and hopeless and just want to reconnect with a life path that feels right to you.
Does this sound good? Keep Reading.
Constant discontentment in your life is a sure sign that you are not living a life on purpose. More than likely you are living a life that is not entirely of your choosing.
Maybe some aspects are a match for you, yet you compromise yourself in other areas of your life.
To live a life on purpose you have to be congruent with who you really are.
Let me ask you a question?
Have you ever spent any time finding out who you really are?
The person you were when you were born? The “you” before you got conditioned by society to be and act a certain way? I want you to reconnect with that person so that you can live a life on purpose.
Life is subjective even though you should look at it objectively. There is no right or wrong. Everything at its core is neutral and life has no meaning except the meaning you give it.
That is why finding your purpose is so important to you. You give life a meaning that empowers you and use your life purpose as a vehicle to express who you are.
How do you bring in meaning and purpose to what you do in life?
Answer: You transform yourself from a human doing to a human being.
Your state of being is the most important aspect to living your purpose. Who you are being and not what you are doing will determine if you experience your life as a success or a failure.
It all boils down to how you do the things that you do. In what state are you in when you do something. Are you grounded in fear and lack or love and abundance?
Find Your Life Purpose Exercise:
It’s important to do this alone and with no interruptions.
The entire process will take you about an hour or less.
Let me remind you now that having a purpose in life is a choice of free will based on your beliefs, values and how you want to help co-create the world that you live in.
With that being said, living a purposeless life is rather dull and boring and without some clear purpose with actionable goals to follow, you will drift through life like a boat without a rudder.
Basically you will get no where in no time.
How to find your purpose in life:
Here’s what you will do to find your purpose in life:
- Use your computer or a blank piece of paper for this exercise.
- Write at the top, “What is my purpose in life?”
- Open up your mind a relax as answers come through you. Write them down no matter how irrelevant they may seem.
- Keep going until you get a strong feeling or perhaps even an emotional reaction like crying. Pain is your friend. It serves as a reminder when we resist doing something that we know is in alignment with who we really are.
Emotions are a strong indicator of our subconscious beliefs and that is why we will use emotions for the purpose of this exercise since it is easier to feel our emotions than to tap into our subconscious mind and figure out our beliefs.
Note: I recommend you do this when your mind is in a relaxed state where you can open yourself up to higher levels of awareness (higher self).
Also do this when you are alone and will not be disturbed by another including phone calls , emails and social media and so on.
I know that you will feel the urge to get up and do something while doing the purpose exercise. Just stay the course because your resistance will eventually subside.
You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a tiny feeling or emotion, but they don’t quite make you express an emotion physically.
Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new substitutions.
Each reflects a piece of your purpose, but individually they aren’t complete. When you start getting these kinds of answers, it just means you’re getting warm. Keep going.
Below is a brief sample of my purpose exercise:
to live consciously
to become present in the “now”
to inspire others by sharing my personal experiences in life
to heal people spiritually and physically
to be an author
to be a speaker
to be brave
to act courageously
to become congruent with my beliefs
to consciously grow as a human being
to learn how to express myself with words
to be free of the opinions of others
to be an instrument of love
to give to causes
to take up causes where others have failed
to protect and to serve humanity
to be me and to be free
to have more than enough abundance that I can freely share with others
to take time to be still and meditate
to be who I really am always
to express how I really feel without fear of retaliation
to cooperate with like-minded people
to give unconditional love
to teach, lead and inspire others in their lives
to uplift others and help them remember who they are
This is what my purpose list looks like and next I will take the ones that are in bold (triggered an emotional response in me).
Here is my life purpose:
- To consciously live each day by honestly expressing who I am and allowing others to do the same.
- To be a source of inspiration for others by sharing of my life experiences.
- To communicate effectively through my writing and my words.
I first did the purpose list back in 2010 before I started my blog.
The purpose list is the reason that I chose to become a blogger because it was a perfect fit for my life purpose.
One thing that you will discover is that you’re honoring your life purpose will cause you to grow as a person.
Writing and communicating a message was never a strength for me, yet in order for me to grow, I had to face these fears head on.
Believe me when I tell you that becoming a blogger was never a thought of mine before I did the life purpose exercise.
Use your results to create your life purpose mission statement and live it each and every day to the best of your ability.
I also like to spend a few minutes each day meditating on my life purpose so I don’t get so caught up in life and forget what it was.
I recommend revisiting your life purpose every six months to deepen your connection with it and to add or remove anything that is no longer a fit for you.
Remember to have fun with this exercise. 🙂