By: Sahana Golla, Ultimate Spark! Coaching Junior Coach
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - Robert Byrne
What do you live for?
Many of us ponder this existential question daily or in times of crisis. I know for me, personally, I can think back to a time when I was younger, around 6 years old, during which I was wondering what I was going to be when I grew up. I was searching for an answer to this classic question that adults throw on us at an early age. I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.
Boy, have things changed! I recognize that art is one of the areas I have the least skill at. I don't even like drawing or illustrating pictures these days. Just as you change and evolve, grow and develop, as you get older, your interests, hobbies, and passions change. You might find that you enjoy and spend time on new activities.
Now in my twenties, I am more interested in a business-related career. So, how do you identify your life purpose? Read on to find out.
1. Find the intersection of what you love, what the world needs, what you can be paid for, and what you are good at.
This can help you discover your true life purpose. What makes time seem to melt away? You are probably familiar with the old adage, “Time flies by when you are having fun.” Finding out what your true passion is can really help you on your path to self-discovery. Your life purpose should guide you and give you a sense of direction. Think of it as a compass guiding your way. Without a life purpose, you are lost in the vast world under the big, blue sky. Finding out who you truly are comes with a sense of achievement and accomplishment. You feel more purposeful and motivated, instead of as a lone wanderer in the Sahara desert looking for an oasis to quench your parched throat.
2. Ask yourself a series of three questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? When do I feel most fulfilled?
By questioning your deepest motivations, you will discover and unlock your hidden secrets and desires. You will feel more fulfilled in your journey to find who you truly are and how you can make a difference in this world, while finding your place in society at the same time.
3. Ask yourself this question: If you had one year left to live, how would you want to be remembered?
Legacy plays a big role in identity. If you begin with the end, literally, of your life in mind, and focus on the qualities and virtues you want to be remembered for, you will truly be able to identify what it is that you want to exemplify. Do you want to be remembered as a fearless leader who always boldly rose to the challenge? Or do you want to be remembered as the bum who lived in his parent’s basement snacking off of chips and earning no wages? Pay attention to your legacy, the mark you leave on the world, because it will shape your existence.
4. Create a vision board.
By visually seeing what you want to accomplish and achieve, you can set goals and work towards them. You also have a source of direction, to guide you along your road to self-awareness and purpose. Keep in mind that it does not just have to be material goods on your vision board. You could display your significant other, family, or other role models in your life, someone that you want to meet someday, or someone who you are inspired by. You never know what or who you could manifest in your life by focusing on it or them.
5. Read. It’s that simple.
By taking the time to see what characters have boldly dared to do or what protagonists have dreamed of accomplishing, you will get a better idea of what is possible. It will give you insight into what characters have aimed for and what other worlds look like. It will remind you to dream big. Remember: Nothing is impossible!
After learning these 5 tips, do you feel ready to change your life for the better? I know I do!
How will you implement these practices into your everyday routine? A good idea is to start small. Just as you start small when you learn a new habit or skill, you should start small with these exercises, and gradually implement them more and more in your everyday life until you feel as though you have really achieved your life purpose.
Keep in mind that as you keep growing and developing as an individual, your life purpose will evolve with you.