8 ways to find your purpose in life

Thursday, October 06, 2016 0 Comments


When you're busy living up to your responsibilities you don't have a ton of time to contemplate the higher meaning of life. But every once in a while the dust settles and you're faced with that unanswered question, "What am I doing with my life?"

If you've found yourself asking this question then I'm here to tell you you're not alone. I feel your pain and as a fellow member of this anxious and confused group, I know what it's like to never know what you want to be when you grow up.

Well, thank goodness we're not trees! Which means we have the power to decide where we live, what we do and with whom we do it. Here are some questions that can probably help guide you to the answers you seek. I know it helps me to do a quick refresh every so often to ensure I'm truly doing something I love.

  1. What would you be doing if you didn't need money - really think about this. Imagine not having to worry about money. You've bought, done and eaten everything you've ever wanted. What now? What would you do that would truly give you joy and bring meaning to your life? Ironically this is usually something that isn't done just for money. 

  2. What do you do in your free time - do you enjoy reading blog posts or looking at images of beautiful places and cultures online? This might seem like wasted time but in reality, it could be your calling. Maybe you have ideas for articles, or you have a better way of displaying images online. This could mean starting your own blog or building your own photo sharing app. 

  3. What do you wish you were doing - whenever we have to do something there is always something we wish we were doing instead. Pay attention to that feeling. Write it down if you have to. If you notice that you constantly want to do this/these thing(s) that might be another way to find your purpose.

  4. What makes you jealous - We all get jealous. Some in a negative way and some in a very "sportsmanship-y" way. However, there is no question that when you feel jealousy it's because someone has something you want for yourself. Instead of spending time being angry or bitter use this emotion as motivation. The thing  you are jealous of is a sign of what you really want. And working towards a goal is a much better use of your time than moping around.

  5. What do you NOT want to do - If I gave you a list of things to do I'm sure you'd be able to cross out the ones you don't like. This is a great way of figuring out at least what you're not. By doing this you help to narrow your options giving you a better idea of where to put your focus.

  6. What are your needs and wants in life - Our basics needs of food, water, clothing and shelter tend to not be so basic. We all want nice things and that includes a nice home, car, clothes, and food. We want to provide the best for ourselves and families. Take the time to figure out what you want for your life. That will help you determine how much money you need to make in order to achieve these things. Then from there you can prepare for a job that pays enough to support that lifestyle.

  7. Picture the perfect version of yourself - "Work hard and figure out how to be useful and don't try to imitate anybody else's success. Figure out how to do it for yourself with yourself"
    -Harrison Ford
    "Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That's who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it."
    - C. Assad

  8. Learn to say no... often - This is probably the most difficult thing on this list. This isn't something that's going to happen overnight and it requires careful thought. But saying no can save money, give yourself precious "me" time and regain control of your life.

Whatever you do just know you will always start as a beginner. Whether you're starting at 15 or 45. You have to invest the time to develop yourself. It's ok to take breaks from time to time but if it never leaves your mind then that's a clear sign from the universe of something you need to do. So spend the time figuring out your purpose in life. You are your biggest investment and it's guaranteed to pay off in the end.

Love,
Ruseberry

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