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What is Your Purpose in Life?

Are you truly ready to find the purpose of your life? The most important step of this entire life-changing journey is to decide if you’re ready to take on this worthwhile endeavor. I hope you’ve had a thought or two cross your mind after reading How To Live a Life Full of Purpose and Why It’s Important To Find Your Life PurposeThe next step is to figure out exactly what your hoping to achieve and the life you want to create. This is a big question but I’m ready to take on the challenge and hope you’ll come along for the ride!

I have often wished that I could go back and tell myself what my life purpose was at age five, ten, or even twenty; however, I have discovered that we find our way at exactly the moment we’re supposed to – and not a moment sooner. There are a lot of online quizzes, books, and even paid programs that offer you the chance to find the answer we are looking for – those are not the places you’ll find it. It’s a journey that you have to take in your own time and in your own way. When you find it, there will be no denying what it is any longer. 

Passion Led Us Here
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What Are You Passionate About?

Grab a pen and paper. Seriously – do it. I’ll wait!

Think about all of the aspects of your life that you feel strongly about. It could be something as simple as loving to read books or a specific cause that you rally behind. Write it down. Try to come up with at least five to ten items and don’t include specific people. We all love our parents, spouses, kids, etc.; however, we’re looking for our unique passions. If you find yourself stuck, take a break and come back to it. 

For me, I find passion when it comes to books and learning. On average, I read 70 books per calendar year and I still can’t get enough. My reading habits don’t include online articles, newspapers, etc. The more I read, the more I understand, yet, I also have more questions. I would love to explore the entire world but since my bank account won’t let me go much past our backyard, through reading, I can explore a lot of places!

Passionate about reading
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What Do You Value?

Another good approach for coming up with potential “purpose” ideas is to think about what you really value. What’s important to you? What do you feel would make a difference? Maybe you value the right of every child to grow up in a happy home and make it your life’s purpose to raise foster kids or adopt. Maybe you value animal rights and make it your mission to raise awareness about the low number of wild giraffes in Africa.

For me, I value a hard days’ work. I prefer to earn things through blood, sweat, and tears. Time with my family and closest friends is always enjoyed to the fullest. Grabbing a cup of coffee and spending time with a friend to have a long conversation is priceless. Rather than placing value in material possessions, I value the “little things” in life. 

Coffee dates with friends
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What Elicits A Strong Emotional Response?

Think about what makes you really happy, angry, or incredibly sad. Having something with a strong emotion attached is a good sign that you’re very passionate about it and that this particular cause or purpose is important to you. Maybe it’s passion on your love of playing piano, your passion for heirloom tomato gardening, or your burning desire to put a stop to human trafficking.

I have a fierce passion for protecting the ones I love. I believe that respect is earned and I am passing that onto my children. Witnessing them stand up for a fellow student who is being bullied makes my heart soar with pride in how they are becoming such honorable humans. They put good into the world and I know it’ll always pay off! 

What Do You Consider Fun?

Last but not least, think about what you enjoy doing. There’s nothing wrong with finding a purpose that is also enjoyable. In fact, it’s important that you like what you do and are having fun doing it. If it isn’t fun, it’s much harder to put in the work and effort required to reach your goals. Writing/Blogging can be a ton of fun – when the good ol’ brain is flushing out some great articles. Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time behind writer’s block. The back-end of things isn’t always fun nor is it easy but the end result is worth every moment. Even if my article helps only one person, I feel that every hour put into it was accounted for!

Of course not every task and every aspect of what you do will be fun. Overall though, you want to find a purpose and a project that has you excited to jump out of bed in the morning.

 

Have you discovered your life’s passion/purpose? Comment below and tell me what it is!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Great advice for those who can’t figure out what makes them tick.

  2. I have so many passions that I think it keeps me from finding a purpose. I love reading, crochet, cross stitch and don’t have enough time in my life to do all I want to do. Purpose is a hard thing for me. My mind is always all over the place. I can’t stay focused, it wants to carry me from one thing to the next. I just kind of fell into my life job and I have never really cared for driving a truck, but it’s all I know. School is not an option to better it. I don’t think I could stay focused on doing that. So I live my life as to what has been given to me.

  3. A very well written article. I wish I came across your article when I was searching for my purpose. So many useful ideas and suggestions. It took me ages to try and figure out what my purpose was.

  4. Really enjoying your series on finding purpose!

    Rob (my husband) and I decided to incorporate three shared, differentiating values into our life as husband and wife. It was part of our process working on our life’s purpose.

    Sharing the same values as spouses (especially those values which make the two of us unique) has been key to enjoying this next season in our married life.

    What are they? Loyalty, Optimism, and Discovery. They’re rank ordered, and we use them when we’re making decisions. And they’re like signposts or rumble strips as we navigate through life. (If vision is like the horizon, mission is like the road, then values are rumble strips to wake you up when you’re going off the road!)

    Rob and I both write about our purposes in life – I write about encouragement in marriage and positivity, and he writes about values. It’s a fun adventure when you’ve become clear on your purpose. 🙂

    Thank you for reminding me of how important it is to remain focused. Looking forward to reading more!

  5. My passions are writing and reading, so I’ve combined them with to create my book blog! I love all the advice you give here, it’s spot on with my own personal philosophy.

  6. I love to write but my true passion is helping struggling woman to be happy.
    Great article Shelly!!!

  7. My passion is sewing. I learned this by watching my grandmother sew from a very early age. No lessons, just watching. I then started an interior decorating business when hubby and I married in 1967 and it’s still going strong. So ya, that’s my true passion.

  8. Hi Shelly, I also love love reading and feel that the more I read, the more I learn about myself and life. You are correct, the more I read, the more questions I end up having. Which just means, I need another book to read. My goal is to read 75-80books per year. I keep track of my progress with my Goodreads account. Great post.

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