Have you ever wondered if you were truly living the life you were meant to lead? Or have you merely settled into a life that was planned from an early age? Does the life you have chosen make you happy? Does it spark your curiosity for growth? Are you doing what truly lights you up?
If you answered yes and are living your life you want, then that is great. You have found your purpose.
But if you answered no, or are just not sure, please read on.
Is something niggling at you and telling you there is something else you were meant to be doing? This doesn’t mean you abandon what you already have, but you should take a moment to explore those thoughts and feelings. It means you should understand where those niggling feelings or thoughts are coming from. It may be a sign for you to reflect and explore if something is missing from your life of purpose or not.
Spending time in reflection will allow you to think back on what you have done in your life up to now. Pick out the times you were most happy and felt fulfilled. What events or activities did you not enjoy? Did you do things out of obligation and expectation, or because you truly enjoyed them?
Digging deep to find your purpose in life involves asking yourself what mark do you want to leave on the world? How do you want those around you to view who you are?
During your reflection time, find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and settle down with a journal, pen and a soothing cup of tea (or your favourite drink). Work through the following questions quickly without giving too much thought. Simply write down the first thing that comes to your mind.
The following questions are designed to prompt your reflection:
💜 In the past 5-10 years was there a moment when you looked around and felt like time had flown by?
💜 What are you so passionate about that you would put up with the bureaucracy that comes along with it?
💜 What did you dream you would become as a child? What were you most interested in or passionate about?
💜 If you knew that you would not fail, what would you do?
💜 What would be worth doing even if you failed at it?
💜 What world concerns are you most passionate about and that you could help fix?
💜 What gives you strength to persevere in life?
💜 What thoughts keep you calm in stressful moments?
💜 Who gives you strength to keep going each day?
💜 What would you get out of bed for?
Once you have the answers to those questions, look over your responses. Do you see any common themes? If so, write these down on a separate page in your journal.
Try to come up with five or six points that sum up how you have lived your life. Do your points lead you to what truly brings you meaning? Have the events in your life meant you are naturally curious to learn as much as possible about the world around you? Or is connection to your family and friends important in giving you meaning?
The common themes you uncover will lead you to identify what you value most out of life and what drives you to achieve all that you have previously done.