Do you ever find yourself asking:
What is my true purpose?
Why am I here?
What am I supposed to do with my life?
What am I passionate about?
Who am I supposed to impact?
If so, join the club. You are not alone. As a matter of fact, so many people are striving to uncover their true purpose nowadays. For some, working a job that provides no real meaning is becoming a thing of the past.
I believe that it has much to do with our world today. We are faced with so many extreme conditions that increasingly, more and more people must reinvent themselves. More people are taking control of their lives and livelihood in an attempt to create order out of chaos.
These are both exciting and challenging times that we’re living in today.
Whether by choice or force, many of us are being placed on our actual paths and uncovering our true purpose.
To uncover your true purpose, you must be willing to go deep within yourself. You may have to answer some grueling questions and be honest about your answers.
To determine whether you’ve found your true purpose or not, answer these few questions:
Are you doing precisely the kind of work that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning, excited to begin a new day?
Does your work fulfill a need deep inside to express yourself, your talents, your values, and your unique and precious gifts?
Does your work allow a balanced life that leaves time for family and friends?
Are you doing what you love to do?
If you’ve answered YES to all the above, then you, my friend, might be on the right path to fulfilling your true purpose.
If you answered NO to at least a few of these questions, then read on and discover:
10 More Ways to Uncover Your Purpose
- Notice Your Deepest Longings: Pay close attention to your most profound (maybe even secret) longings. This could be the voice of your soul whispering to you, trying to tell you what to do. For example: Do you dream of changing lives, writing a book, speaking on stage, or making beautiful handcrafted jewelry? Place close attention to that voice inside.
- List some of the recurring challenges you have faced in life: What obstacles have you overcome? Do you have a passion for helping others gain victory in this particular area of life? Your true purpose may involve teaching others.
- List what is most significant to you: Be truthful with yourself. Think broader than simply a job. Is your family most significant? Your faith? Financial security? Ask yourself what you want to be remembered for. Your true priorities can direct your search for your true purpose.
- Ask the people who know you well what they think you would be great at. This is one of my favorite exercises. We rarely see ourselves the way others do. We are usually so intimately in touch with our faults and shortcomings that our natural gifts and talents get buried. Those closest to us are often the most excellent resource to unlock our treasure. You don’t have to take their advice as the final say-so, but you should consider their input wisely.
- Write a list of what you enjoy doing and what you do well: Next, scan the two lists looking at any possible. For example, if you love reading and are a skillful writer, your true calling might be connected with writing great books.
- Consider what makes you angry or sad: Issues that evoke deep-seated emotions may be a clue to something you’re called to fix or change. Your true purpose could very well be linked to a cause.
- Uncover your true purpose by getting to know yourself better by taking a personality test. A gazillion of personality tests online only takes a few minutes. Some are better than others. You can try the notorious 16 Personalities Tests, a user-friendly version of the Myers-Briggs test. Try it for free. Your results will blow your mind.
- Pay attention to what feels good: We are so accustomed to “doing what we gotta do” that we overlook how we think about something. When we are flowing in our true purpose, it just feels good. We feel excited, invigorated, calm, passionate, peaceful, joyful full of meaning. As you continue to search for your true calling, notice how you feel when you’re engaged in different activities.
- Don’t be afraid to explore and try something new. Finding your true purpose often involves trial and error. Take a calculated risk and launch into something you suspect might be your true purpose. You may succeed and discover greater satisfaction and sense for your life. Even if it doesn’t turn out how you expected, you can learn more about yourself and get more clarity on what you should pursue.
- Find clarity, no matter what: You were put on this earth for a reason. Deep in your heart, you realize there is something that you are uniquely designed to do. Unfortunately, the vast majority never really know what “it” is. Don’t settle for this. It is your responsibility to uncover your true purpose and get to work. You could have a singular purpose or multiple purposes. The point is that it’s up to you to gain clarity. Clarity is the starting point to living your life on purpose. Those around you that you admire and have done great things are crystal clear on their purpose. It would be best if you too achieved this clarity as well.
Uncovering your true calling can mean many different things to different people. The basic premise is your satisfaction with what you are doing. However, discovering your true purpose can take time, effort, and even risk. Although it is not necessarily easy, you can follow some basic steps to make achieving this goal a reality. I hope you allow these ten powerful ways to guide you to who you are designed to be.
After all, this is my true purpose.
Be well + prosper,