There are a lot of good reasons to know your life’s purpose; knowing helps you make decisions that get you where you want to go in life, it leaves you fulfilled when you’re working toward your goals, and knowing your purpose reduces the uncertainty you may feel in life. But what if you’re not one of those lucky people who just instinctively knows what your purpose is?
What Can You Do to Find Your Life’s Purpose?
Start by asking yourself some questions, and be really honest with yourself. If you enjoy writing, write down your thoughts and feelings as you go through the questions, and if one or any of the questions don’t resonate with you, skip it and move on to the next one. You can even think up your own questions, these are just examples to get you started as you think about why you’re here on this earth.
Why Am I Here?
Think about what you were like as a child, and then think about your life now.
- What did you love to do as a child that you no longer do?
- What things did you care the most about as a child?
- How did you picture the life you would have as an adult when you were looking ahead and dreaming?
- What things about your current lifestyle would make the young you want to cry?
Think about the things you haven’t done yet.
- If your life were ending in a day, or a year, and you knew your time was limited, what would you regret leaving undone?
- How do you want to be remembered and what do you want to be remembered for?
- How long can you keep waiting to cross things off your bucket list before you have to admit you aren’t going to get to do them if you don’t just choose and take action?
Think about what you love and what inspires you today and just start.
- Does there have to be only one purpose?
- I’ll admit here, that when I think about the purpose of my life, I don’t pick up on one clear answer.
- Still using myself as an example, I love my family and friends, I love writing, I love animals, I love sewing, I love classic cars, I love helping and inspiring people, the list goes on and on and on.
- So, I sat down with my journal, because that’s how I think things through, and I wrote, and wrote, and wrote, about my feelings about my life’s purpose.
- If you like journaling, I highly recommend it as a way to process your thoughts.
- When I got to the question about what I would regret not having done if my life were to end in a year, the answer was that I would regret not putting more positive things out there in the world, and since writing is both my job and one of my great passions, here I am, using words to share positivity.
- What can you choose to do today, and go ahead and start?
- Taking action is a positive thing, even if you don’t know if the thing you choose is your true life’s purpose.
- It’s okay to readjust your focus as you go if you find the thing you chose isn’t perfect or if it starts to feel like it isn’t your purpose, because so often, it’s in the action steps that we find our real destinations and we find things we love.
You may not instinctively know your life’s purpose, and you may not know even after these soul searching exercises, and that’s okay, and pretty normal. But, don’t let the decision-making process be where your quest for your life’s purpose ends.
Latch onto the things you know you want, like if you know you want to own your own business but not what kind of business, take some steps to make yourself ready. Study the field that inspires you, and dip your toes in the water. Start small if you need to. You don’t have to go all in, just start on the path your heart tells you is right.
By Laure Justice