We All Have a Life Purpose
You have a life purpose. You are here for a reason much bigger than yourself.
Now whether or not you are aware of this fact does not make it any less true. You have a life purpose, and it is not too late to discover it. In fact, I want to help you take that first step toward it here.
Don’t feel bad if you are skeptical about the concept of life purpose. Many who scoff at it or just plain mock it. That includes me in my foolish youth. I was a serious woman with serious plans back then. I was too “intellectual” to even consider what really mattered – hint: happiness, inner peace, compassion, serving others – and too logical for my own good so I promise you that processing something like a “life purpose” seemed like a big waste of time to the younger me.
As a result, I floated aimlessly in corporate America for a decade, with a lot of serious plans and very little fulfillment. I didn’t float alone either. Many of my peers floated along with me so it didn’t seem unusual to be aimless and indifferent about what we did. It even seemed normal.
It all seemed to be about surviving the day to day life, getting shoved to one side of the ocean with an angry tide one day or cast to the other side on a stormy day or just floating along on a sunny day. I felt stranded on a boat without a map, without a captain, without a hope.
Wherever the rough winds take me, there I will end up, I would tell myself. I was convinced I had no control over my life’s direction.
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?
I would argue no. Absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt, no.
You want more, and deep down, you know this to be true. If you are being true to yourself, you know you have a life purpose. But what is a life purpose? And how do you go about discovering it?
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 long at all.
Your life purpose could be ….
… to write story books for kids.
… to race in marathons and raise money for charities.
… to create information products to help others.
… 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 upstanding proud citizen.
… to contribute to the advancement of science.
… to help someone overcome the fear of living fully.
… to dance.
… to uplift humanity in your own quirky ways.
… to be the greatest Mom in the world.
… to inspire the elderly.
… 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 real and it’s true for them, and nothing shall come between them and this purpose once they know it and believe it. Because they’ll know that fulfilling that life purpose is what brings them alive and gives them hope and makes their life meaningful.
How to Find 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 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 know how to find your life 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.