Do you believe your life has a purpose? Everyone should have a purpose in life that they pursue with passion and enthusiasm.
Without a purpose in life, it is easy to feel you just exist. Feeling like you just exist can lead to several physical and mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, obesity, smoking and insomnia.
If you are not following your passion, each day can feel like ‘groundhog day’.
Life without a purpose can feel like you’re flying without a destination.
If you don’t know your destination then who knows where you will end up.
It is important to remember that there are many ways of getting to a destination.
Sometimes you might get blown off course when life deals you a tough hand, but as long as you stay true to your life’s purpose you will reach your destination in the end.
So if you find yourself drifting without a purpose in life, ask yourself this fundamental question:
What was I put on this earth to do?
Be honest with yourself. Don’t deny the truth. If the answer you get seems unachievable, then you need to believe the impossible is possible and make your dream come true.
To be happy in life you need to identify your life’s purpose and chase it with passion, determination and commitment.
If your life has a purpose then you’re doing what you love, what you’re good at, and achieving what is important to you.
When your life has a purpose, people and opportunities are attracted to you.
When your life has a purpose all your activities around centred around it.
Everything you do is an expression of your life’s purpose.
The hard truth is: if an activity doesn’t serve your life’s purpose then you shouldn’t do it. You need to cut out any activity that doesn’t serve your life’s purpose.
How do you work out your life’s purpose?
To help you work out your life’s purpose, answer these four questions:
1. Name five times when you have experienced the most joy and happiness.
When you have identified five occasions, ask yourself:
2. What did those five experiences have in common?
When you have identified the common thread, ask yourself:
3. What skills and personal qualities where you using at those times?
Now take some time to answer this question:
4. How can I use my skills and personal qualities to make doing what I enjoy.
Once you have completed this exercise, you should be able to work out your life’s purpose and how you can make money doing it and be happy in the process.
Contemplate your life’s purpose
Once you have identified your life’s purpose regularly practice imagining living that life. Imagine living that life first thing in the morning and last thing at night, every day for three weeks.
Every time you imagine living your life’s purpose, sit quietly on your own, where you will not be disturbed with your eyes closed.
Start by focusing your attention on your breathing. Breath slowly for one minute. Breath in for three seconds and out for five seconds. The key is to make sure your out-breath is longer than your in-breath. Breathe in this way for one minute.
Next, for at least two minutes, preferably five, imagine the following about your life’s purpose:
- what does your life’s purpose look like?
- where will you be?
- who will you be with?
- what objects and people can you see?
- what sounds and voices can you hear?
- can you smell any aromas?
- what feelings are you having?
- where in your body are your feelings?
As you imagine your life’s purpose, deeply imagine what it would be like if you were there now.
Allow yourself space and time for the answers to the questions above to come to you. Don’t rush it. Allow your unconscious mind to provide you with the answers to these questions.
I hope you found this powerful exercise helpful for discovering your life’s purpose.
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