I’m going to delve right in and simply state why you are not finding your purpose: you’re thinking about it. It’s that simple.
Your purpose won’t find you during a classic brain storm or a quiz on the internet. Your purpose will find you in action. I’ll explain what that means as we go further.
Your purpose is incredibly important in life as it forms the foremost reason you wake up bright and early with a sense of direction. Knowing your purpose will form possibly the biggest factor in career, entrepreneurship and even relationship decisions.
The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is, but if you don’t know what your purpose is then you don’t know why you are here, and it can be difficult to keep going.
How to Find Your Purpose
You’ve been overthinking and getting in your own head a lot. It’s time to take some action. So maybe you don’t know what you’re called to this earth to do, but you can start from the bits you do know. What are you passionate about? How about you start there? Explore new things, get out of your own way. Try out new activities. Believe me, your purpose won’t come out of hiding magically, it’s going to take you getting some action in and like athletic brand Nike has so kindly put it: “Just do it”.
I’ve always had a natural flair for writing. I would write plays in high school, I wrote for my school paper, my dance teacher once found my diary when I was 10 and laughed his head off reading it. He said if I ever wrote a book, he’d be the first to make a purchase. If someone had told me I was called to write, I would kick them but I find so much joy in expressing my thoughts in words, sometimes, it’s the only way I can get it out. Writing would not only become a passion but an inspirational outlet for me and I wouldn’t be caught doing anything else. But I had to get out of my own way. If you feel stuck, figure out what It is that you don’t like and start getting rid of them bit by bit. Eventually, you would have narrowed it to down to what you are passionate about.
2. Drop From Your Head to Your Heart
Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. Ask yourself what you love? Start taking steps to do what you love. When you are inspired and connected to your happy self, inspiration floods your heart and soul. When you lead from your heart, you are naturally more joyful and motivated to explore. By doing what you love, you will be inspired and gain insights into what brings you the most joy.
3. Your purpose isn’t just one thing!
Many of us struggle because we try to find that ONE thing that we are meant to do; but trying to find only one thing is the reason why we feel like something is missing. The notion that we have only one thing we are meant for limits us from fulfilling our greatness. Take me for example; I have six different job titles. I’m a life coach, travel writer, author, speaker, teacher, mentor, designer, and each thing I do brings me joy, but none of these are my purpose, they are my passions. So start getting in touch with your passions! When you lead a passionate life you are living your life on purpose.
Let go of thinking there is only one purpose for you and embrace the idea that our purpose in life is to love life fully by putting ourselves into our life! This means we jump in and try new things; we stop resisting the unknown and we fully engage in what is happening right here, where we are. To lead a purposeful life, follow your passions. When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose, and that is the purpose of life.
That feeling that something is missing goes away when you lead a passion-filled life. The need to seek our purpose comes from a lack of passion. When you don’t feel connected to your life, you lack purpose and passion. To fix this emptiness simply add more passion. To boil it down, remember this simple equation:
Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life
Consider that the real purpose of anyone’s life is to be fully involved in living. Try to be present for the journey and fully embrace it. Soon you will be oozing with passion, and you will feel so purposeful and fulfilled you will wonder how you lived life without it. Enjoy the journey into your own awesome life.