We were each given a life, and with that life, a purpose. It isn’t always easy to understand our purpose or know how to live out that purpose. Discovering your purpose could be the easiest or the hardest thing you’ve ever done.
Before we go any further, let’s check the dictionary for a definition of purpose: The reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.. This is a really simple definition but I think it works really well for today’s purposes.
There are many ways to discover your purpose, or reason for existence. Today I’m sharing one process that you can follow to begin to discover your purpose.
1-Make a list of things you enjoy doing (as many as you can think of, the more the better, even little things like drinking coffee or filing papers at work (at least 30)).
2-Have a friend or two make lists of things you are good at.
3-Compare the lists and make another list that lists both what you enjoy and what your friend(s) say you are good at.
4-Star those you already do during your weekly and daily activities.
5-Think of ways you can incorporate your top 3, unstarred items, on that list into your life and activities this week.
As you look at the items you starred, as well as your top 3 unstarred items, these will help you connect the dots towards your purpose. So let’s say that you enjoy cleaning up after your kids, filing papers at work, listening to and helping people. Part of your life purpose may be to help people organize their lives and homes/businesses. When you bring together other areas of your purpose, you will be able to write a short paragraph that cohesively combines the things you are good at and things you have a passion for, as well as who you are as a person. If you Google “life purpose statements” you will find several pages with some examples of people’s life purpose statements could also help you get started on yours.
Share your life purpose statements, or ask questions below.