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.