What is my life’s purpose? That’s a question nearly everyone asks, but few can answer. Why should anyone struggle to figure this out? It’s because those who live a purposeful life can accomplish far more than those who just wander around in life. Not only that, their lives are often filled with joy and happiness.
When you live a purposeful life, you find you have all the motivation and energy you need to go after your goals and dreams. Life is also a lot simpler if you know what you’re working toward. You have the ability to make focused decisions. This creates more inner peace.
It’s Worth It
Even if, up to now, you’ve never considered your purpose, it’s never too late. It’s worth the time and effort it takes to figure it out. When you live a purposeful life, even bad days are more enjoyable and worthwhile.
8 Steps to Live a Purposeful Life:
1. Believe that you have a meaningful purpose.
If you believe that life has no meaning and that you have no purpose, you’ll never find your purpose. Your mind won’t even let you start. The first step is always belief. Be positive that you have a purpose. Also be positive that you can discover it.
2. Know your values.
When you know your values, you can live a purposeful life. This is because your values provide significant clues to your purpose. If your most important values are contribution, kindness, and honesty, your purpose will be very different than if your most important values are success, popularity, and money. If you would like a process to help you uncover your values, pick up a copy of Secrets of the Black belt Mindset.
3. What gives you energy?
To discover what motivates you and gives you energy, ask yourself these questions:
- What activities give you the most energy?
- What things do you love to talk and learn about?
- What activities cause time to fly for you?
- When do you feel most alive?
- What excites you?
4. What and whom do you admire?
When answering this question, consider:
- What achievements do you admire? Is it building a successful business? Is it a helping a certain cause?
- What qualities do you admire? Mental toughness? Contribution? Patience?
- Who is the person you admire the most? Is it a historical figure? A mentor? A parent? Why do you admire this person?
5. Consider the end of your life.
Imagine you’re on your death bed:
- What are you likely to regret? Things you’ve done or things you’ve left undone?
- What gives you the most joy about the life you’ve lived?
- What can you do to change these answers? Remember, now is the time you can create and live a life that will maximize your happiness and minimize your regret.
6. Describe your ideal life.
What is your image of an ideal life? How would you live and ideal day? These ideals are in harmony with reality when you live a purposeful life
7. Do you remember when were you the happiest?
Think back to that point of time in your life. What were you experiencing that gave you all of that happiness? How can you use this information to help you live a purposeful life?
8. Which of the following feels most relevant to you?
Read this list and see which resonates the most with you.
- Maximizing the happiness of others
- Minimizing the pain and discomfort of others
- Maximizing your expertise at a particular skill or in a particular field
- Maximizing your experiences
- Maximizing your resources
- Being famous
Which of these feels the best to you? And please, don’t answer this based on which sounds the most proper or ethical to you, but the one that feels really good to you when you think about it. Your answer to this question will provide a huge clue about how you can learn to live a purposeful life.
Make an Investment in Your Future:
So after reading this, what are you waiting for? If you don’t know how to live a purposeful life, now is the time to figure it out. The recent pandemic has only driven home the fact that life is short. Why live another day without a well-defined direction? Make the choice to make the most of your life and live a purposeful life. There is no better time to do this than right now.