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Do you ever wonder why you’re here, or what your purpose in life might be?
We’re all born with a unique purpose and the right passions, skills, and values to fulfill it. The only problem is, how to find it?
What is it you’re meant to do with your life?
For most of us, our life purpose isn’t obvious. It can take years of soul-searching, deep exploration, or trial and error to finally figure it out.
This was true for me, but it doesn’t have to be true for you.
Here’s 5 powerful questions designed to help you shortcut the process and find your true life purpose.
1. What activities made you lose track of time when you were younger?
I’ve always loved writing.
When I was a little girl, I’d pen short stories about what my toys were up to when I wasn’t looking, jot down my deepest thoughts in a secret diary, and even put together a magazine for my family.
I’d take every opportunity to pick up that pen and scribble away. No one made me do it. I did it for the sheer joy of it.
But, as I got older and felt the pressure to focus on a “proper job,” I put my pen aside and stopped writing for several years.
Worst. Mistake. Ever.
It’s not the way to find your life purpose.
Those early passions and interests hold important clues about what your life purpose is. Reconnect with your inner child and find your way back to them.
2. What “Suckiness” are you willing to tolerate and what does it have to do with your life purpose?
Everything, including your dream job, sucks some of the time. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t your life purpose.
I love coaching, doing live trainings, writing these articles.
The price to pay for this? Admin and accounting stuff. But, I’m willing to tolerate those draining tasks if it means I get to spend most of my time doing what I love.
I didn’t always feel like this. Years ago, I decided to become a freelance beauty writer for magazines.
Within a few months, I was ready to quit.
I couldn’t tolerate not hearing for weeks if my pitch was accepted, being given only a couple of days to write a piece, and then wait a couple more months to get paid.
If you’re not willing to put up with the sucky parts of the job, move on. You haven’t found your purpose, yet.
3. What impact are you having on other people’s lives?
What do your friends often come to you for advice on? What do people thank you for? When someone introduces you to a party, what do they say about you?
Or the first one to show up with a delicious homemade casserole when someone is going through a hard time.
Or the organiser of the family, making sure everyone is on time and that stuff gets done.
It’s so easy for us to take our strengths for granted. It’s just what we do. But these actions have a bigger impact on others than you give yourself credit for. If you don’t know what that is, ask them.
4. If you were a billionaire and could spend all your time volunteering for a charity, what would that be?
Let’s be clear: I’m not suggesting your life purpose is to end world hunger or human trafficking.
No one can do that single-handedly, so don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself.
But, the causes that are close to your heart hold important clues about how you can use your talents to make this world a better place.
For me, that’s education. I want every child to be able to go to school and receive an education that suits their needs and allows them to achieve their aspirations.
I can’t single-handedly change the school system. But, with my coaching practice, I can fill in a gap and help young women figure out what their life purpose is and how to use their skills, passions, and values to pursue it.
Find your cause and ask yourself, how can you use your strengths to make an impact?
5. If you knew you were going to die a year from now, how would you like to be remembered?
I don’t want to get all morbid on you, but there’s nothing like death to bring home what really matters to you.
According to Bronnie Ware, author of “Top Five Regrets Of The Dying”, the biggest regret people have when they die is:
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
What does that look like for you?
What’s that one thing you would do if only you didn’t have to be a responsible adult and conform to what everyone else expects of you?
Don’t wait until it’s too late to do something about it.
Start doing something about it today.