“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
Sometimes we find ourselves passing our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s (or even later) and feeling the disappointment of not knowing what our life purpose is, be assured it is never too late to figure it out.
There are many reasons why you may not know your life purpose. Could be because we are tired from life and don’t have the energy to find really what matters to us. But once we live our purpose, we will then lead a fulfilling life.
What is the meaning of Life Purpose?
Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behaviour, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work.
So how do you find out why you were born?
1. Find your ‘reason to live’
A great way to start a first step in finding our purpose. There is a connection between what we love, what we’re good at, what the world needs, and what we can get paid for.
To create your ‘reason to live’, start with each of the four main areas . Write down the activities and topics you love and the things you are good at. Next, think about what the world needs, specifically from you. Finally, what can you be paid for in relation to your talents and experience.
Next, start making connections between each of those areas. For example, what do you love that the world also needs? What are you good at that you can be paid for? Answering these questions will help you identify ways of achieving balance within the circles.
2. Reject your Fears
We usually fear what we can and cant do. When we fear the result, we don’t move forward. Having the confidence can move to making our goals and dreams come true.
Start by making a list of your fears and identify what proves your fears wrong.
Check out this example:
- Fear: I am afraid that I won’t succeed if I followed my passion.
- Evidence: I have a wonderful husband who has always supported me.
- Evidence: If this is truly my purpose, everyone will see it and agree that I was meant for this.
3. Claim your Values
Once we got aware of what is stopping us and we listed our fears. Then it is time to identify our core values. Our values represent who we are at our core. When we understand our core values, our decisions become easier and we can start shifting our dreams into action.
After listing your values, think about what values have you been ignoring or not paying enough attention to in your current life. What do you need to stop doing or start embracing?
4. Take Powerful Action
This is the final step and the most important one in my view. We cannot begin to live our purpose if we don’t act upon it.
Start by identifying where you would like to be next year.
Next, break down that goal into 12 tangible actions you need to make. Assign each action to one month for the next year.
By focusing on just one area of improvement per month, our goal becomes more controllable, and we are more likely to follow through with these small actions.
Finding your life purpose doesn’t have to be an unrealistic dream. We can all discover our life purpose if we give ourselves the time and space to consider these powerful concepts. We can find what’s missing and take realistic, manageable steps to bring more of that into our lives.
How I created my Life purpose statement?
Take a few moments and write a description of what the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you. In my perfect world, everybody is living their highest vision where they are doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three into one statement, and you will have a clear idea of your purpose.
Mine is “Inspiring and empowering people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.”