8 Ways To Find Your Life Purpose
When I was a child, I used to write stories, paint drawings and tinker around on creative projects. I used to sit in my room for hours by myself, writing away, about space, about life, about my friends and family. I used to draw for hours in my room on a messy floor to let my creative things flow in my own world. Not because I wanted to impress my parents or teachers. Not because I got paid for it. But for the sheer joy of it.
And then, for some reason, I stopped. And I don’t remember why.
I realized over the years why it all happened. The older we get and the more we are integrated in society, we tend to feel more pressure from society.
We were told to give up on things that doesn’t bring us an income and that we need to get a job with good reputation or any job with good salary. This, is exactly what makes people insecure and make them feel stuck when it comes to picking a career.
That eight-year-old girl didn’t care about Google traffic or Social Media Virality or book advances. She just wanted to play. And that’s where passion always begins: with a sense of play.
What’s my purpose ? What’s life purpose?
This question seems simple, but yet difficult to answer. And there’s a good reason why there is no wrong or right answer to it:
YOUR life purpose is absolutely what you decide and allow yourself. Your purpose is what you feel, say and act on it.
Keep on reading to find ways that help you on finding your life purpose #yourwhy.
1. Consider Injustices That Bothers You
Injustice is a quality relating to unfairness or undeserved outcomes. When you look at the world. Did you ever had moments, when you thought ‘’THIS is so unfair!’’ or ‘’THIS really needs to be changed!’’ Injustice occurs everywhere.
It’s difficult to satisfy everyone, but this can be a trigger that reactivates another part in your brain and heart to take action on it. Behind injustice, there is another energy that drives you along with the skills you will develop to change the thing/s you observed that seems not fair. Observe what catches your attention, keeps bothering you, or make you think most of the time.
2. Listen What Others Appreciate About You
‘’Your speech really inspired me! You are so creative! You’re so good in convincing people! I think I can imagine you selling .. ‘’ Think about all the compliments and things you heard from people so far in life. What exactly did they most appreciate about you or felt thankful for?
Get feedback from your family, friends or strangers what strengths they see in you or what makes you special. They see things we might not realize or want to believe in (but be aware not to drown in too much noise. In the end you know the best what you love or can imagine).
3. Explore Your Interests Practically
What helped me to find my purpose of life, was to explore all my interests practically. I can tell you something that you need to keep in mind: You DO NOT have to figure out your whole life and put pressure on yourself.
Just list all the things you love or have interest in on a piece of paper. Then, commit to one thing at a time with a timeframe to experience it PRACTICALLY. Only then you know, if you truly love it or not and if you can imagine it for your future. I point out practical experience, because reading books or simply watching videos is not the same. You need to explore different things and do many different activities to find the ultimate thing you want.
I always had a passion for drawing and being artsy. I love to let my creativity flow. I decided to be a Freelance Artist for about a year. But I found out that art alone (in terms of drawing paintings or any art related job) is not what I want for living. Drawing for 8 hours straight on a row per day is different than just doing it for sometimes for few hours as a hobby.
Using my creativity connected to business in form of innovation to improve a product or service is what suits me better. If I didn’t experience this freelance year, I would never know how I would feel about it or regret it in my life that I never tried it. It’s important to try out the things we love practically for a longer period of time.
4. What’s Easy For You — What Comes Easily?
We are all born with different talents and a purpose that we need to unlock. This takes effort and an open-mind towards yourself. Even the most gifted musicians or public speakers need a lot of practice. But it’s easier for them, because they bring in already talent and tend to master the skills more easily/quickly than others do. Think about things you enjoy. Mastering a skill can take years, but when you love the process, it is part of your life purpose. Notice what things easily come to you and what’s easy for you, because you’re good at it already. Develop your strengths!
Look at the activites that keep you up all night , but also look at the cognitive principles behind those activities that enthrall you. Because they can be easily applied elsewhere.
— Mark Manson
5. Start Conversation With New People
You know what I often just did?
Reaching out to random people. Yup. And that changed my life a lot. For example, I was once very interested in Trading and Investments. What I did was to search for people who were experts in it on LinkedIn or any other social media platform. I even reached out to any random person who gave me positive vibes or when the profile looked interesting. I told them that about my situation, what exactly inspires me about them and that I would love to connect. Thus, I got quickly into the field I wanted PLUS I discovered things I never heard about it before and ended up at even better places.
6. Think About The Times You’ve Experienced the Greatest Joy In Your Life
This is a very simple way on finding out what your life purpose is. Because our life purpose is connected to something we love and consequently brings in joy.
I remember the times when I could lift up people with a speech I did and the times where I could let my creativity flow, as well as share it with people that brought value to them in their business or personal life. I felt so incredibly happy (I also feel happy when I eat an ice cream.. and other wonderful memories in life). But thinking about the joy that consistently repeated made me realize that I want to inspire people through public speaking, writing and coaching.
7. Take Time For Yourself — Life Statement
You know what is really important after talking to many people you’ve met in life and after exploring different things?
You need to reflect on the things you did and how you feel about it. Only then, you can make clear decisions what you want and what you don’t want. Take time for yourself to get to know yourself well. Don’t just take time for others. Set a meeting with yourself, for example every sunday at 2PM for about an 1hour to write down your thoughts, progress, your learnings, improvements, goals and talk to yourself. Be clear what you want and write down your life statement.
8. Follow Your Inner GPS Guidance
Your guidance works similiar like a GPS system.
When you get in your car and are heading to a specific destination, what is the first thing you input into your GPS to? First, it finds your current location. Once it’s determined where you are (A), it gives you directions to where you are heading (B). The engine is your passion and heart. Be clear about where you want to do. Align your goals with your life purpose and act as if you are already where you want to be. Don’t fool yourself with things that your mind thinks it’s just right to do. On the long-term your heart will scream out the truth. Your life purpose is already within you!
Do What Scares You The Most
Last but not least, I want to point out again that you don’t have to figure out your whole life right now. But take action on small things to create your own path step by step. Don’t let other people’s opinion be the reason that you don’t act on your things. Don’t stop yourself from doing something, because it might be embarassing. Instead, embrace embarassment. Feeling foolish is part of the path to achieving something meaningful. The more a major life decision scares you, chances are the more you need to be doing it.
Explore yourself what you love and never ever give up on yourself. Your purpose lies within you already. Fall in love with yourself and the things you are doing. Great things are, by their very nature, unique and unconventional. Therefore, to achieve them, we must go against the herd mentality. And to do that is scary.
LIFE’s purpose is anything around your purpose. It’s surrounded and perceived in the way you want. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Find #yourwhy and you will go through life with more love and live every day more purposefully.
Wishing you the greatest life and endless love!