Don’t know? No problem. We have ways of helping you figure that out…
One great way is to do some brainstorming. Pull out some paper and a pen, find a comfortable place to sit, preferably a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted, and set a timer for at least 20 minutes.
At the top of the paper write this question: What is my true purpose in life? And then, just start writing down whatever comes to mind, no censoring or judging, just let it spill out.
You will most likely have some lulls, and during that time look around you and consider your surroundings and what they may mean to you, or what you find interesting about them.
Are you outside and can look at the beauty all around that you may take for granted? What does it inspire in you?Are you inside, looking around at a room you have decorated lovingly with items that have meaning to you? What does that tell you?
Are you surrounded by reminders of things you have started but given up on? Projects, classes, unpacked boxes? What can you glean from the way these things make you feel?
This should help you get the juices flowing again. If the timer rings, keep going if you still have more to write. You can certainly add to your list over time when something pops into your head. Here are some examples from my brainstorming session.
- Helping others
- Writing to help others
- To dream of new things
- To give life to other people’s life stories
- To find the joy in every day
- In every thing
- To explore new places
- To fit in anywhere
- To spread joy in little ways
- To observe people to learn
- Writing creative interesting stories that have a deeper meaning
- To try new things, make things better
- Do little things every day that make a difference to others
- Invent something that changes the world
There are quite a few, as you can see. But that doesn’t end the search. In some ways it started it. But then as I studied the list, some similarities stood out, some categories started to form. One of them is writing. Of course that seems to be one I am pursuing. Another was helping people – perhaps by spreading joy in some way.
Look at your list. Is there any item that stands out more for you, that draws you in? Or is there some way that you can combine some topics as your purpose?
I think that is the beginning of finding your purpose- writing down what you are passionate about. Ask yourself, ‘what would you do if money weren’t an issue?’ Ah, that may put a different light on the idea. Those are the things your heart longs to do. Pay attention to them, for they will reward you with joy and fulfillment beyond imagination.
Take your time, but come back to your list often, add, subtract and contemplate on ways you could be acting on the items that mean the most to you. Take a step forward to live your passion as soon as you can. And every day you can. It can change your life.
Until next time, Be AMAZING (just be yourself)!