How to Find Your Life Purpose: 25 Discovery Questions

Finding Life Purpose through yoga

We All Have a Life Purpose

You have a purpose. A life purpose.

You do. Just like you have confidence, and worth and reason for living. And whether or not you are aware of this truth does not make it any less real. Just like other universal truths that may or may not be known to you.

Don’t feel bad if you are skeptical about life purpose. I know many who scoff at it. That includes me in my foolish youth. I was a serious person with serious plans back then. I was too intellectual to think about what really mattered and too logical for my own good so processing something like a “life purpose” seemed completely out of place!

So I floated aimlessly in corporate for years, with serious plans no less, and I saw many others float along so it didn’t seem unusual to float. It seemed normal to survive the day to day life, to get shoved to one side of the ocean with an angry tide one day or cast to the other side on a stormy day and then start floating along on a sunny day. Wherever the rough winds take me, there I will end up!

After all, is there more to life than just floating aimlessly from birth to puberty to adulthood and then to the glorious end of it all? Isn’t that what everyone really wants, to float carefree on cloud nine every day of one’s life?

I would argue no. Absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt, no.
You want more and if you are being true to yourself, it ties in with your purpose. Your life purpose.

But what is life purpose? And how do you find your purpose?

How Do You Define a Life Purpose

Life purpose is the main reason you were put on earth. What are you here to do? It’s more than just make it to the end of the day at hand. It’s more than to just have fun all day long.

The phrase “there are no wrong answers” has never applied more as when it comes to the life purpose. There is no such thing as a wrong life purpose. And your life purpose is NOT going to be the same as your friend or your sister or your mother or your children or your role models, so own up to being unique and special! Pay attention here because many shall try to dissuade you from your purpose, and if you have doubts yourself, you will not be holding your own ground much longer.

Your life purpose could be ….

… to write books.
… to race in marathons.
… to create information products.
… to impart the knowledge of yoga.
… to photograph Mother Nature.
… to reduce poverty, hunger or suffering of others.
… to raise your baby to be a stand-up citizen.
… to contribute to science.
… to help someone overcome the fear of living fully.
… to dance.
… to be the greatest Cat Mom in the Internet.
… to inspire young children.
… to rescue homeless dogs.
… to teach a community how to be healthy.
… to build home for the homeless.
… to reduce crime.
… to integrate trust and love back into humanity.

And every shade, every hue, every tone, every angle in between.

You may roll your eyes at some of the above examples but to the person who holds that life purpose, it’s no laughing matter. It’s serious business and nothing will come between them and this purpose, because fulfilling that life purpose is what brings them alive and gives them hope and makes their life meaningful.

Finding your life purpose: 25 Discovery Questions

So how do you actually find this purpose, if you really have no idea what it could be? It’s about asking the right questions, and asking them from the right place and with the right intent. These are my 25 discovery questions for you. Over time, I’ve asked my lovely clients a variety of these questions, and I teach the applicable parts in the upcoming Smart Exit Blueprint course and today, I want to share them with you.

This is a more analytical approach to finding your purpose. The answers to these questions will contain your life purpose.

The questions are short. The answers can be long. The timing is up to you but the distractions are a no-no. The best time to do this is in the morning, after you are fully awake but before your mind fills up with the day’s chaotic tasks and things to do. The best accompaniment to this is your favorite music or your favorite pet. Make a harmonious corner for you and answer away!

1. What fulfills me?
2. What drives me?
3. What inspires me?


4. What do 1-2-3 have in common?
5. What problem can I solve for others with the common thread in 4?


6. What frustrates me?
7. What pains me?
8. What saddens me?


9. What do 6-7-8 have in common?
10. What problem can I solve for others with the common thread in 9?


11. What terrifies me?
12. What worries me?
13. What can I do to change 11-12?
14. What can I do with this change to help others?


15. What do I love doing?
16. How do I feel when I am doing 15?
17. What happens if I stop doing 15?
18. What happens if I kept doing 15 forever?

19. What do I resent doing?
20. How do I feel when I am doing 19?
21. What happens if I stop doing 19?
22. What happens if I kept doing 19 forever?


23. Why am I here?
24. What am I here to do?
25. What would the world miss if I weren’t here and if I didn’t do it?

So what will it be? Do you want to discover your purpose? Share your results from the questions in the comments and the ultimate life purpose, if you did the exercise. Let’s celebrate your life purpose.

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  • http://ryzeonline.com/how-to-have-fun-finding-your-life-purpose-with-pretty-pictures Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca

    Excellent post, Farnoosh, and one I’m verrry passionate about.

    It reminds me of “Float On” by Modest Mouse.

    “Bad news comes don’t you worry even when it lands
    Good news will work its way to all them plans
    We both got fired on the exactly the same day
    Well we’ll float on good news is on the way”

    Anyway,
    I help lots of people find their life purpose, and I’d love to add my exercise to your questions.

    I have a feeling your people will love it :D

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Jason, me too. We’re both passionate about this!!! And Love the mouse song. I do I do! You are just awesome. Steal away my questions if they’ll help your clients/readers. All the best!

      • http://ryzeonline.com Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca

        Thanks so much, Farnoosh! We are! And it’s great :) And so are you.

        I think my audience will love your questions, so I think I’ll link you from my article :)

  • http://www.dlysen.com dlysen

    It looks like interviewing or asking yourself in the mirror. It is very important to know yourself where you can able to see the directions of your life.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      The mirror bit is perfect analogy, dylsen. You said it better than me!

  • http://johnfalchetto.com John Falchetto

    Ho! What a topic and I really love the way you tackled it.

    I think at least for me it started with what I didn’t want to do and what I didn’t want to live like.

    That’s the beginning to any quest for purpose. Then as you know, Farnoosh, we embark on a journey to try different things, some work, others fail and we learn a bit more about ourself along the way.

    To exploring our purpose :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      John, so good to see you. The “Not gonna do it” list is a big one. It helped me stand really tall and respect my own boundaries for the first time not just in words but in actions.
      And you are right …. the reality of life is that there is a lot of twists and turns, and a lot of polishing along the way …. but the important thing is we start that journey, right? :)!

  • http://www.CandiceLDavis.com Candice

    Wonderful food for thought. Sadly, I’ve worked with people whose answer to questions 1-3 was, “Nothing.” They were so far removed from the IDEA that there could be a purpose for lives that consisted of: go to work at a job you tolerate, come home, watch tv, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day. Still, there was hope! Just took a little more work.

    As for me, I’ve found that my life has several purposes that change over time, but all go back to how I can serve someone else as I immerse myself in the things I enjoy.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Candice, dear one, I just sent you an email about something else….
      Oh I know what you mean – those people are really in dire need of waking up. I work with corporate employees who are in corporate numbness, I call it, sleep walking through life…. If you have specific wake-up strategies, love to hear them.
      Thanks for sharing your insights on purpose!

  • http://www.timelessinformation.com Armen Shirvanian

    Hi Farnoosh.

    It is key that we find a life purpose, or make one up that we feel fits us, or else we are running around with no plan like a lot of people I see.

    I have some goals in my mind that I push toward as time progresses. It is why I am able to do things that others are not motivated to do, because I have a mission that is different from theirs. Some folks don’t seem to have a mission, but I hope it’s just that I haven’t found out what theirs is.

    I know your mission because you have clearly stated it on this site.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello Mr. Armen, I know you have a purpose and you know what it is too, and it’s just wonderful that you are letting it feed your motivation. How are things going for you anyway? All the best and thank you for stopping by!

  • http://fullwattage.com Patricia J. Anderson

    Hi Farnoosh,

    You put things into perspective… especially your examples on what life purpose could be. And the 25 Discovery Questions could really entice readers on doing self meditations.

    Keep your wisdom shared please as it can really help people who are lost.

    Blessings!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Patricia, thank you for stopping by …. I am so glad this has helped. Lovely of you to stop by !

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  • http://connection-revolution.com Pace Smith

    This is a test comment to see if bold tags work, because my actual comment is long and I want it to be readable. (:

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Test came through fine ;)!

  • http://connection-revolution.com Pace Smith

    1. What fulfills me?

    Helping people. Making a difference in people’s lives. When people come up to me and say “thank you” and tell me stories of how I’ve helped them. Teaching. Mastering a skill and then sharing it with others. Learning about change, connection, communication, relationships, personal growth, spirituality, time management, productivity, business, marketing, writing, spreading ideas, teaching, introspection, purpose, fulfillment, and meaning.

    2. What drives me?

    Discovery. The feeling of exploring something new. The joy of explaining things I know well. Feeling in flow. A sense of accomplishment, especially epic accomplishment. Being of service.

    3. What inspires me?

    People who follow their dreams at great personal cost. People who follow their dreams and remain peaceful at heart, the eye of the hurricane. People who inspire others. People who live fulfilled and meaningful lives. Especially people who undertake courageous change to live fulfilled and meaningful lives.

    4. What do 1-2-3 have in common?

    Fulfillment and meaning.

    5. What problem can I solve for others with the common thread in 4?

    I can teach people how they can live fulfilled and meaningful lives.

    6. What frustrates me?

    Miscommunication. Technology not working like I want it to. The lack of cheap, instantaneous travel. Well, really, not being able to spend as much time with my scattered friends as I’d like. The lack of high-quality point-and-click adventure games. Integrating various social media accounts. Not knowing who is trustworthy.

    7. What pains me?

    Brilliant, radiant people who are stuck in a rut because they believe there’s no other way. People with amazing ideas who think they’re not good enough to make them happen. Healers who struggle with money. Poverty. Hunger. War. And not just the bloodshed of war, but the mindset of war. The disconnection from your heart, the disconnection from oneness, the othering. Disconnection in general.

    8. What saddens me?

    Unhealthy and abusive relationships. The “I’m fine, thanks” syndrome. People who settle for what they feel is “good enough” because they don’t believe it’s possible to live a truly joy-filled life. Pets who die at animal shelters. Humans who die with lives full of regrets.

    9. What do 6-7-8 have in common?

    Feeling unfulfilled and disconnected.

    10. What problem can I solve for others with the common thread in 9?

    I can help people feel fulfilled and connected.

    11. What terrifies me?

    That I will die alone, lonely, unfulfilled, and full of regrets.

    12. What worries me?

    That I’m not good enough of a friend to maintain my friendships. That others love me for what I can do for them rather than for who I am. That I’ll run out of money. That I’m not good enough. That I don’t have what it takes to accomplish great things. That I’m not motivated enough. That I’m not dedicated enough. That I’m too afraid and too attached to comfort to take the leap I need to accomplish my Great Work.

    13. What can I do to change 11-12?

    Asking my friends for support, encouragement, and reassurance. Overlapping my joy with my Great Work, so I don’t have to force myself to do it (The Way of the Peaceful Entrepreneur). And of course, lots of Remembrance. (:

    14. What can I do with this change to help others?

    I can create and facilitate a community where others can find support, encouragement, and reassurance. I can teach others the Way of the Peaceful Entrepreneur (or Edgewalker, or World-Changer, or whatever your calling.) I can help others establish a spiritual practice that fills them up with divine Love and reconnects them with Oneness, so that the rest of these worries melt away.

    15. What do I love doing?

    Learning new things, explaining things, and inspiring others!

    16. How do I feel when I am doing 15?

    Alive, fulfilled, smart, awesome, flowy, excited, in my element, inspired, connected.

    17. What happens if I stop doing 15?

    I get depressed and demotivated. Believe me, I’ve learned this lesson over and over.

    18. What happens if I kept doing 15 forever?

    I learn a lot of stuff! Others learn a lot of stuff! And people get inspired and go out and do amazing things!

    19. What do I resent doing?

    Meaningless work. Administrivia. Helping robot drones spy on human beings. Helping robot drones kill human beings. Supporting the 1%. Fiddly bits that feel disconnected from my Great Work.

    20. How do I feel when I am doing 19?

    Crappy. Drained. Disconnected. Dissonant. Pained.

    21. What happens if I stop doing 19?

    5, 10, and 18.

    22. What happens if I kept doing 19 forever?

    11.

    23. Why am I here?

    I am here to remember that I am God, and to remind everyone else that they are God, too.

    24. What am I here to do?

    I am here to help others lead meaningful, fulfilled lives. Because no one (including me) is going to reconnect with their own Oneness when they’re stressed out, complacent, disconnected, and devoid of meaning and fulfillment.

    25. What would the world miss if I weren’t here and if I didn’t do it?

    Maybe a few more people would end up at 11. And I’d like to prevent that if I can.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Pace, I am floored by these responses. I am so happy the questionnaire spoke so deeply to you. Thanks for taking the time to answer them. You have proven to me yet again that the answers do lead you to your passion. At least the basic structure seems to be a good way to guide one in the right direction, even if they don’t have the conviction and clarity that you have – sometimes, I think I forget that others may not have the confidence and courage to even answer questions that may lead them to that passion …. My hope is these questions work for them too. As to your missions and your passions, Pace, they are remarkably similar to my own. Love’em! Thanks for the gift of sharing!

      • http://StarPolisher.com Carol Hess

        Pace, I don’t know you, but I just had to respond to your comment. Wow! Thank you for sharing your responses with us. It warmed me to the bottom of my heart when I realized how similar they were to mine. You inspire me!

        • http://connection-revolution.com Pace Smith

          Carol,

          I don’t know you either, but I want to! I sent you a friend request on Facebook. (:

          • http://StarPolisher.com Carol Hess

            Yes, I saw that and confirmed it of course. Thank you for reaching out.

      • http://connection-revolution.com Pace Smith

        Farnoosh,

        This questionnaire helped me a lot. And your advice of setting aside some quiet time with good music was very good advice. I don’t think I could have gotten as deep as I did without the right environment.

        I’ll be sure to try out your questions with some of my clients (for eavesdroppers, yes, Farnoosh said that was cool with her) and let you know what results they get!

        And I’m not surprised at all that our missions and passions are similar. (:

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Pace, just wanted to reply to this comment as I come back here to reply to other comments – thanks so much for your thoughts here. I ended up making this an exercise in my Smart Exit Blueprint class too and the students are getting a lot out of it. Hope all is well on your end! :)

  • http://claudia-snowden.com Claudia

    Pace, thanks for introducing me to Farnoosh.

    3 things:

    1. As per Barbara Sher, I would love to hear you record these questions and answers.

    2. I love and appreciate you for who you are, AND I’m truly grateful for your help and encouragement!

    3. You nourish your friendships by holding them in your heart. And you have an infinite heart!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Claudia,
      Glad Pace led you here too. I believe your responses are mainly for her but I am really happy to see you here …. Love this: “infinite heart.” :)

      • http://claudia-snowden.com Claudia

        Hi, Farnoosh! I’m having trouble with subscribing to your blog’s RSS feed. I get the message that the e-mail address I entered was not valid. Is this happening to anyone else? Thanks. In the meantime, will try other means to subscribe.

        Thanks! Love the blog!

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Emailed you, dear Claudia. Not sure what the problem was but I added you to email list – remember I don’t email out just blog posts when you join my email. I have it set up so my list gets the 21 step confidence building series and a weekly digest of blog posts. Hope that’s OK for you :)!

    • http://connection-revolution.com Pace Smith

      Thank you so much, Claudia! This means a lot to me. <3

  • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com Maxwell Ivey

    Hi Farnoosh; I loved the post. its full of your usual wisdom. I can’t quite get my mind around the questions but then that’s a visual thing. not your fault, just may have to copy this into a text document to figure out how to answer the questions. as far as my professional life goes, I’m feeling pretty fullfilled. I would like to make more money at it and be more widely known for what i do; but its work that I’m happy with and that I’m proud of. and through it there is always something new for me to learn. sometimes its about the industry and sometimes its a new way of doing things on the website. will post again after i figure out how to answer the questions. by the way didn’t know my pet could help, but if penny can assist with the answers; she will probably want a cheeseburger or at least some cheetos. take care, max

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      The questions aren’t meant to be easy but they should be clear – if not, let me know. Making more money is a totally fine desire and one worth pursuing with great heart and intention, Max! Too funny about Penny ;)!

  • http://StarPolisher.com Carol Hess

    I love these questions, Farnoosh. I have copied them and will incorporate them in my own personal development work as well as the work with my clients. (Giving you full credit of course!)

    I think we all have the same life purpose — to discover and express our highest selves. And isn’t it glorious how incredibly varied that expression can be, as your list indicates.

    Danielle LaPorte says in her book, The Fire Starter Sessions, that your life purpose is what you say it is. Profound and wise in its simplicity. I found those words gave me freedom and permission in a way I hadn’t given myself.

    Love this post, Farnoosh! I could read about, write about, talk about life purpose all day and all night long, which I think is a clue right there to what my life purpose may be! :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Carol, so nice to see you here. You are most welcome to use them with your clients. Would you just do me one favor and let me know their feedback? That way I can enhance my questions and the clarity based on that feedback.
      I have Danielle’s book and haven’t read it yet – her agent was so kind to send me a copy …. And I am glad you are on your way to discovery and living that life purpose – like I told you, your About page really resonated with me. Thanks so much for being here, Carol. Come back and talk to us to your heart’s content ANYTIME :)!

  • Fayaz Pasha

    Dear Farnoosh,
    We all watch with amazement the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet or National Geography. You have added a new Discovery Channel of LIFE which a majority of us miss out. Our educational system covers Science, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology etc, etc. However, it takes decades to unravel the mystery of the purpose of our Life on this planet.

    Thank you once again for the brilliant decoding that enables a person to understand where he or she is in the ocean of life.

    PACE: by answering the questions, you have made it much more easy for the readers to understand the logic behind the questions by Farnoosh.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello poetic Fayaz, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I do wish our educational system placed a little emphasis on life purpose but perhaps it’s too personal — I don’t know. Or perhaps we are too young to know it when we are going through school….. You are so welcome again, Fayaz. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  • Tanith

    Dearest Farnoosh, what a cool name!

    I am 30 years old and have been on a path of self discovery since I can recall. As a teen I always felt different to others, went wayward and found myself back on a path of self discovery in my twenties.
    The huge pressure I feel to have a defined life path/career/focus gets greater daily. I’ve dabbled in most things that interest me but nothing that says “Yes, go for it”.

    I’ve been seeing a life coach in my home town Johannesburg, South Africa and follow authors such as Sonia Choquette and Martha Beck. My life coach seems to be pointing me in the direction that implies that I don’t know myself well enough to know what I want. This in turn makes me feel even more confused, as I always thought I was an in touch, intuitive and connected soul.

    So here I am, I’ve finished your test and I’m no where closer. The answers I have are vague. Yes I want to help people, yes I want to serve, no I don’t like conformity and yes I fear that my indecisiveness will lead me to the day I wake up at 65 and realize its too late, like my mom did and who is now paying the price for it with no pension.

    So please can I ask you – have I missed the whole point of this exercise? I know what I don’t want and I know what I may be inclined to enjoy, but surely a life path is something that resonates within like when You meet your soul mate and you just know -I’m waiting for that feeling and all I have had instead is an array of choices to spend the rest of my life doing but nothing I want to commit myself to with the conviction I had when I felt the thrill of discovering new things in my twenties. I can’t find passion in anything and I am so afraid I choose something to master only to find its a chore, not a love.

    My boyfriend says I’m one of those people who would excel at anything and believes I am multi-talented. He is so supportive it’s ridiculous, but he has a point, I could do a vast selection of things of I put my mind to any one of them – we all could – so how do I define the passion from the talent? Friends say I would be a great writer, my heart says “yes but not on command for an income” – my friends know me as a freelance photographer who at one stage jumped in full time – my heart says “it became a resentful and stressful full time job” – my friends say I would be a fantastic life coach because I’ve been there and give good advice and my heart says “perhaps, but everyone is a life coach, can’t you be more original?”

    So there it is – a bright young lady with no direction. I’ve cried so hard about this and still nothing jumps out.

    Please help me, I’m clearly clueless!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Tanith, I read this word for word and I do hear you. Just know that much, I really do and you are not alone in feeling this way. You really aren’t. The good thing about living in today instead of 100 years ago is that we have SO MANY CHOICES. Be excited about that instead of overwhelmed for just a moment. Be thrilled that you COULD be doing anything – right? – anything – now that is a freedom and a level of choice that in itself was inconceivable even 50 years ago. Now with that comes responsibility, a need to focus and a need to clearly define and commit to one thing (at least at the beginning) so you can get the feeling of what it’s like to do something you love – I have set aside a few other passions to focus on growing my business which is a crazy hot fierce passion that keeps me going every day – I am older than you and it took me a while to FIND IT but once I did, I tuned into the frequency like nothing else so it will and can happen.
      As this is a true serendipity that you leave a comment here now, I want to email you about one more option that I believe will help you unlock the mystery. So look for my email.
      In the meanwhile, may I give you one more tip? It’s great to have friends and family who give you their opinion of what you should do – but please, take it all with a grain of salt – that’s their reality and their vision – YOU are the only one, my dear, who will find out what it is you are meant to do. Even coaches should never *TELL* you what to do, only guide you to discover it…. look for my email, thanks for your comment, dear Tanith…. and do hold on to that supportive sweet boyfriend of yours. We’re gonna need him! :)

  • http://uipray.blogspot.com/ Carolyne

    Hi Farnoosh,

    Thank you for sharing your insight with the World. I came across your article via Business Magazine on how you went from a great job to being a great Entrepreneur. I also caught up with you with Alex via podcast on Youtube, and I have to say…I see myself in you though we have such different paths and backgrounds. Congratulations on your new endeavor and the courage to facing the world with such grace. I am sure millions around the world have been inspired to to step our from shadows and embrace their passions and dreams. Bravo!!!

    Well, I just wanted to say thank you for your candor and real truth of today’s age. I am an upcoming blogger (ashamed to even go there, but proudly ashamed I might add because I am trending new waters), and a working on establishing a clientele in similar path. I have similar question that I ask my clientele and I found your questionnaire to be more extensive than I could imagine, especially the bundling aspects really adds a great value to ones thought and allow one to more reflective and engaged. I notice that others have made similar request, and thus choose to dare ask; I would like your permission to use these material while working with my clients?

    Thank you in advance!

    Carolyne

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Carolyne, you are most most welcome – thanks for your wonderful message here. Your words of praise and encouragement have positively melted me today and I am so touched – THANK YOU so much, so much!!!

      Speaking of shame, Carolyne, I did a podcast that goes live Friday on shame and vulnerability so please don’t be ashamed – be proud, and enjoy the early stages- the beginnings are very exciting times! Feel free to use this questionnaire for your clients as many others have started doing – my only request is that you cite the source, that is all. I hope that it brings your clients much clarity and awareness and I am honored that you want to share this with them.

      Sending you a deep bow of gratitude for such a lovely comment here, Carolyne. Talk with you soon again I hope. All my best!

  • http://wholisticwomen.com Meredith

    Well this was a powerful and moving exercise, and I am grateful for this post today, Farnoosh! I’m also thankful for Pace’s sharing of responses to the questions. I did mine first and see that we do overlap quite a bit.

    I was moved to tears when I did the exercise, and found that what pains me most is seeing others in pain or suffering or experiencing sadness. I’d like to help people find their joy – to access it and then bring more of it into their lives by doing the things and thinking the thoughts and being with the people that bring them joy too.

    And I have ideas as to which projects will get me there – but I still fail to know where to start! And I fear that I’ll have to take a job that just isn’t right in order to get me there – to get the licensure I need. It gets detailed, but I wanted to share. And I thank you for a listening ear. I don’t know where or how to begin my practice…but now I have the time and space, so I am hoping I figure out some next steps soon…

    Many many thanks!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Meredith, thanks so much for sharing – and I am so happy this post helped you. It must be the reason you found it :)!

      I know what you mean about your desire to help others and if you keep that in mind, you will overcome any and all barriers along the way – you absolutely will. Stay in touch and make sure you get the guidance and help that you need to clear the path for your wonderful dream, Meredith.

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  • Paula

    Wow…It amazes me how so many people know their means and purpose to life and I haven’t a clue. I am one of those who just do whats being done and go with the flow of whatever comes my way. I truly want to know who I am what I like and what I want out of life. It is a very hard process for me. I grew up in a broken home, got pregnant at 15 6 months later got back with the man that pregnant-ed me and from then on I didn’t finish school nor did I become me. I became who he wanted me to be and lived my life souly off and for him and our children. Now 18 years later I am single mother of 5 with alot of regrets and my only profession is cleaning house and waitressing… something I do not want to spend the rest of my life doing! Don’t know where to begin but don’t want it to end here either. HELP ME. I truly do not know my likes…they have all been based on others.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Paula, thanks for sharing your story and all your honesty here and I am sorry about your challenges in life. Here’s my belief: Whatever happened, happened and you can turn around anything, no matter what. I have seen people do it every day and it’s not just my personal experience, it’s true for all of us, so believe in yourself and in what you want. As to working through your life purpose, do the work in this blog and work through the answers. It doesn’t happen right away but slowly you will find a direction that you can call your own.

      • Paula

        Farnoosh
        I am very thankful I came across your site, I learned alot and took in alot. I got on the web and typed in how to find me and your site popped out. So thank you and I have will cherish my challenges and will face them head on. Thank you for helping me find the beginning of me.

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  • Kelley Jo

    Farnoosh,
    I am so blessed to have found your site! how ironic I found you thru your juicing book! My husband has us started down that road and in doing my research to learn the how to’s I found your book and was intrigued by it and then you :)

    I find myself at a new place in life as my children are leaving the nest and my husband is now gone by the week with work. There is of course a whole line of events leading to this which has not all been wonderful or fun to experience. Be that as it may, I am in this place of finding myself and my purpose, as everything in my life as I have known it is gone…

    So for about the last year I have been searching, or so I thought, for my place and my purpose. I realized yesterday that I have only been playing at the searching game, I had in fact resigned myself to the feelings of being lost and self- pity, to the 9 Mistakes that Rob Me of my Dream. Then I found your Discovery Questions and tackled them. One of the wonderful truths I discovered was that even in my pit of despair I have been learning and finding my way, just slowly. i also learned that i was in a pit and I need to get out and really get after life!
    Many of my thoughts are really who I am and where I desire to go, I just need to fine tune & focus them as well as learn more about myself :)

    So, here are my answers, as you challenged us to leave, because yes my thoughts are valuable and may bless someone.

    1. What fulfills me?
    Creating is fulfilling- creating a piece of clothing or a welcoming living space. I love to create.
    My family is fulfilling- knowing they are mine and I am theirs. The relationships we have because of memories we have created thru chores, projects and travels. Knowing I have done my best by them and have given them all I have is fulfilling.
    2. What drives me?
    Expectations & deadlines, be they self-imposed or externally imposed. I am driven best by self- imposed expectations and deadlines, the desire to complete and bless those around me.
    3. What inspires me?
    I am inspired by beauty and sound, especially the beauty of nature. The beauty can be quiet and peaceful or brutal but it is real and created by God for me. The sounds of nature are inspiring as well as music…
    4. What do 1-2-3 have in common?
    Creating-Creation
    5. What problem can I sove for others with the common thread in 4?
    By sharing beauty with those around me thru giving what I have created or sharing my creative abilities. I can also offer my services for hire to those who are in need of my skills.
    6. What frustrates me?
    Lack of or poor communication
    7. What pains me?
    Being forgotten or ignored
    8. What saddens me?
    Seeing those around me hurting, esp emotionally.
    9. What do 6-7-8 have in common?
    Personal Interaction
    10. What problems can I solve for others with the common thread in 9?
    I can offer healing thru touching the lives of others with kind words or actions, by giving my time. Sharing mybtalentsnto those who are searching falls into this category also.
    11. What terrifies me?
    Separation from God & my family
    12. What worries me?
    My children loosing their way with God and in life.
    13. What can I do to change 11-12?
    Pray for my children and our relationship daily; live a life of example; lay all at the feet of Jesus.
    14. What can I do with these changes to help others?
    Live a life fully surrendered to Jesus with the joy of His salvation in my countenance!
    15. What do I love doing?
    Making things, from tasty dishes to beautiful photographs and lovely pieces of clothing or accessories. I also love to learn- new skills, new to me truths and about new people.
    16. How do I feel when I am doing 15?
    EMPOWERED & FULFILLED
    17.What happens if I stop doing 15?
    I implode. I collapse on myself, becoming dissatisfied and unhappy. I begin to search for happiness.
    18. What happens if I keep doing 15 forever?
    I will be content and happy, able to give abundantly from the storehouse God has filled for and with me. I will be a wonderful blessing.
    19. What do I resent doing?
    Cutting back, saying “we can’t do that”
    20. How do I feel when I am doing 19?
    I feel like a failure, like there is something I could or should have done differently or better.
    21. What happens if instpdoing 19?
    There are no boundaries or controls, life and finances run amuck.
    22. What happens if I kept doing 19 forever?
    A balanced life will be the result.
    23. Why am I here?
    For God’s glory; a relationship with Hm and relationships with people.
    24. What am I here to do?
    Reflect God’s glory
    25. What would the world miss if I weren’t here and I didn’t do it?
    This was the hardest question for me. My first thoughts were “nothing”, I don’t do anything for the world, anything “missable”. But I didn’t stop there, I pressed into my value. My world, my family would miss my unconditional love for them. The big and little things I do to make their life good. They would miss my prayers for them, my faith.
    Ten I went further- the world would miss my compassion for its pain and my passion for goodness and life.
    Yes, I would be missed.

    Thank joy again for your passion in life and sharing it with us, with me. I look forward to learning more from you and others on your site.

    God Bless You!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Kelley Jo, you are a beautiful person and have such a sweet and strong spirit – why, so good on you to take me up for the challenge and to answer all of these questions. I so enjoyed reading them but even gladder to hear the questions helped you!! In fact, YOU helped yourself, because all the answers are inside you. I am glad the questions were a gentle guidance. Keep thinking, keep exploring, and so very happy to have you here. Welcome and come back anytime!

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  • Allison

    Dear Farnoosh,
    I just wanted to say WOW! This article was exactly what I needed to hear at this moment. I stumbled upon an article you wrote on Tiny Buddha and that’s how I found your site, which I’m really glad I did! I loved answering the questions above because they really helped me dig deeper into the direction of what my passion is and helped with breaking down some hidden beliefs that I didn’t even know were there! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping direct me in the way of my life’s purpose. =)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Allison, good for you for doing all the questions. I am SO glad you took them to heart and let them show you the way to your true purpose. Now it’s time to implement it and bring it to life, if you haven’t already … and thanks for all the kind words!

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  • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

    Hi @jerimiahwright:disqus To answer your first question, nothing happens at all. You just go on without a purpose until you come up with the answers. I’m not trying to be clever, but that’s the truth. And if you think so negatively of the human race, perhaps you have other questions to answer before finding your life purpose?

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