5 Steps to Discovering Your Life’s Purpose
Sometimes it might feel as though you’ll never find your life purpose. There’s so much to do in your everyday life that there barely seems to be time to get the basics done. And besides, the world’s problems are so big and overwhelming, what can one person do? Time to reframe and take control. Here are 5 easy steps to discovering your life’s purpose , easy to implement ..
Exploring what you want to do to have a positive impact on the world can be a fascinating and fulfilling process in itself. Here are five steps you can take to find your calling.
Find your Big Thing
Look inwards to see what it is that fires you up. What are you passionate about in your life? What do you love doing? What you talk about for hours? What inspires you? Check your browser history and your reading list. Your Big Thing is right in front of you, all you have to do is claim it!
Identify your superpower
Everyone has something they do where they excel. Write down all the things you’re good at, pick out the top one or two that stand out, the ones that you can offer right now. Instead of feeling helpless, recognize that you have a unique combination of experience and skill to offer the world. No one else in the history of the world can offer what you offer right now.
Whatever your life purpose is, you want to have a positive impact on your community, right? Think about who you want to help. Do you relate to children, or seniors or single moms? Are your superpower skills useful for fundraising or writing submissions? Are you more comfortable as a hands-on career or assistant? Find an organization that could do with a helping hand, whether it’s pro bono work or hands-on volunteering.
Bring it all together
Once you’ve identified your Big Thing, you know what your unique superpowers are and how you want to serve your community, you can connect the dots. What are the common themes? You might be passionate about human rights, be an excellent public speaker and choose to work pro bono as an advocate for your local Amnesty branch. Or you may offer free haircuts or styling to homeless people or the unemployed.
Now you have your life purpose package you can swing into action. Look for opportunities to align your life purpose with tangible action out in the world. Be bold and resolve to do what you can where you can. You might not be able to achieve world peace, but you can make your community a better place.
Is that so easy ? Finding your Purpose is good , now you need to fulfill it ! Give yourself permission to change
This is How to Get Started Fulfilling Your Purpose
Does finding your life purpose sound a bit scary and overwhelming? Do you not even know where to start? Maybe it’s easier to stay where you are, play safe, stay small. But there’s still that nagging feeling in the back of your mind. You could be doing something meaningful. You could be living your best life. But how to get started?
Here are three steps to gently start your journey to living a more authentic life. Just remember to be kind to yourself and take baby steps.
What are you scared of?
The first step is to have a good look at what scares you about finding your life purpose. Does it feel risky? Do you feel vulnerable? What if you fail? What if people laugh at you. If it’s any comfort, these are thoughts and worries that afflict everyone. Don’t worry; you’re not alone.
Start by writing down everything that comes into your head at the thought of finding your life purpose. Don’t filter or critique. Just write what you think. You can use the prompt ‘If I consciously live my purpose, I’m afraid that…’ and see how you go.
Now take a deep breath and respond to a second question “What do the scared parts of me need, to feel supported?”
Give yourself permission to change
Everything in nature changes and grows. It is not normal to stay in the same state or position for a lifetime whether you’re an acorn, a puppy or a person. Embrace the potential of change and personal growth.
Giving yourself permission to change and grow opens you up to limitless possibilities. By saying yes to change, you are giving the Universe permission to give you opportunities you may never have dared dream of receiving. Say yes and see what happens.
Don’t be afraid to be your unique self
No one in the history of the world has ever been like you.
You have your own set of talents, skills, passions, and experiences. Only you can make your contribution to the world. So, stop trying to fit in and be like everyone else in the herd. Stop comparing yourself to others and anticipating their judgment of you. The only thing that should give you pause is the thought of wasting all your talent by not shining your light. If you feel bashful about striking out on your path, remember no one else can be your best you.
How to Follow Your Calling During Difficult Times
You know what it’s like. Sometimes life throws you a curveball, usually when you’re least expecting it. Things are chugging along nicely, your job is good, you’re happy, you’ve found your calling and life is good! But then maybe you lose your job, you get sick, or a family member gets sick. Something happens that’s out of your control, and you’re suddenly struggling to find your way.
How do you keep following your calling when you’re finding it hard just keeping things together? There are three simple things you can do to take back control of your life, stay afloat and not lose touch with your life purpose.
Take some time to analyze all the activities that are taking your time and energy. Eliminate as many things as possible that are energy sappers, or that don’t honor your calling. If there’s something in your life that feels like an obligation or is something you dread, don’t do it!
Focus on the crucial things, the things that you must do, and then the things you want to do. Keep focused on your calling; it shouldn’t be a luxury or an obligation.
If you’re having a tough time, it’s imperative that you don’t give up your power. And your power lies in how you respond to situations. Take some time to notice how you’re feeling; what emotions are coming up. Acknowledge them. You’ll likely feel angry, hurt, even scared. And that’s natural and a normal response to stress. But you don’t have to stay there.
You can choose to feel helpless or vulnerable. To lash out and blame others for your situation. Or you can decide how you will react. What attitude will you choose to take? Look outside yourself and see how the way you respond and behave will influence your friends, family, and colleagues. Will you be an inspiration and a helper, or a doomsayer and energy vampire?
Choose to tune in to what makes you happy
Choosing to be happy in the face of adversity is not irresponsible or foolish. It is part of taking control of the situation and choosing not to be crushed by it.
Keep your energy high and make space for the things that make you happy. Studies have shown that having a life purpose can help you deal better with stress and increase your resilience. So your calling should be front and center, no matter what else is happening in your life.
Things That Keep You from Fulfilling Your Purpose
You may long to discover your life purpose. You might even do the work to discover what is that makes you feel happy and fulfilled. But what is it that’s preventing you from fulfilling that purpose? What is keeping you stuck? You might be feeling frustrated, even depressed at your lack of progress.
There is an important step you can take to get you out of that rut. You can decide to take control now and identify what it is that is stopping you moving forward. Chances are, you’re in the grip of one or more of the following three most common things that stop people from finding and living their life mission.
The best of us can be prey to self-doubt at some point in our lives. It’s part of the human condition and a way of keeping yourself safe in an often-confusing world. Fear of failure is perhaps that biggest thing that holds people back from releasing their true potential. And in a world that values conspicuous success and wealth, striking out for something you believe in can be risky.
But if you stay stuck in the fearful mindset, it’s guaranteed you will never achieve anything. Staying small prevents you from acting, it prevents you from growing and being your best you.
Other people’s opinion
Self-doubt feeds on caring what other people think of you. There will always be a plentiful supply of naysayers trying to stop you from living your dreams. And it’s a cast iron guarantee that whatever your life purpose is, there will be people who doubt your dream and your capacity to achieve it.
But there will also be people who support you, who believe in you. And the biggest cheerleader should be you! You don’t need permission to live your purpose. You only need conviction and the will to pursue your passion.
Not many people talk about this aspect of life purpose but living intentionally is integral to staying true to your life purpose. It’s no good to have a dream or a passion and being lackadaisical about it.
Step up to the plate and be intentional about your purpose. Approach it as you would any other project. Be organized, be methodical and give your purpose the care and attention it deserves.
That means writing it down, having a plan and making yourself accountable. Start with taking the attention off yourself and think about the impact you want to have on the world. What legacy do you want to leave?