What is My Purpose? This is the big one, is there any bigger question in life?
Finding a purpose for your life sounds a lot harder than most people think. Oftentimes, asking people what their purpose in life is, results to them giving out a not-so-clear list of goals or duties.
Some examples are: a good person; being a better parent; being a good friend, and these are all absolutely important. But then everybody already wants to be a better person, a better parent and a better friend.
If you want to find a specific purpose for your life, one that makes you so enthusiastic that you tingle all over, or one that gives you the understanding that the life you’re living is bigger than yourself, then you’ll need to step out of your comfort zone.
Like what motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said in his book “Over the Top”: You will never succeed as a wandering generality, you must become a meaningful specific”. So, if you’re itching to get specific about your earthly mission, here are a few easy strategies to help you find your life purpose.
The First Step in Answering the Question “What is My Purpose?”
First step is to release all the static and noise that are keeping you from listening to that small voice within your heart. Of course, I understand outside sources and other people’s input can also be valuable. But for your life purpose, the person whose counsel you’ll ever need is yourself. The problem with this is that we are deluged with ideas, solicitations, and opinions about how things should be that we become immune and unable to hear that little voice in our heart.
Your own spiritual and personal maturity is your duty and no one else’s. It doesn’t matter how many people tell you who you should be or what not to do with your life. Once you’re able to tune out these things by developing “selective hearing” you can start concentrating on the skill which will help you to find your purpose.
Start Listening to Yourself
A crucial step to building self-awareness and finding YOUR specific purpose here on earth is to begin listening to yourself. The best way to do that is by keeping a daily journal where you can jot down your thoughts. The great inventor Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you’re not to be forgotten when you’re dead and rotten, either do things worth writing about or write things worth reading about”. Many people must have believed this quote since most of those people are prolific writers who kept track of all their thoughts and reflections in journals and personal letters.
Writing is a way for your mind to focus. This helps you to sift through the random thoughts bouncing around in your mind the whole day.
Start by writing all your thought down and try to come up with answers to questions like “What’s the one thing that I want to accomplish before I die?” or “What’s the one thing that I want people to remember me for?”
Once you start asking yourself these questions and building the skill of understanding how your mind works, and listening to the voice within your heart, you will see that your answers will become more specific and clear.
Finding Your Life Purpose by Going After it
The great writer Jack London once said: “You can’t wait for inspiration to come to you, you must go after it with a club”. That is also true when it comes to finding your purpose.
You have to start presenting your mind with the things that will help you achieve a deeper understanding of your desires. If you want to achieve something in your life, you can be sure that there’s somebody out there who’s already done it or at least something close.
So commit to becoming an avid reader and researcher of all the things that interest you. Together with this, keep writing in your journal and you’ll gradually succeed in finding your life purpose.
What is my purpose will become less of a stressful question for you, and more of an expression of your best self.