Finding your true purpose in life can be difficult, especially if you realize that everything you’re currently doing is not working towards what you truly want and believe in. It’s hard to make a 180 degree turn and start over. But if you don’t ask yourself the hard questions, you may find yourself unsatisfied with your life.
Oh and a quick note: most people don’t do just one thing their whole life. Purpose isn’t a job. It’s compass.
So what questions must you ask?
What are you good at?
Think about where your talents lie. Maybe you are really good at one thing or just so-so at a lot of different things. Dig deep. it may not be a normal talent like painting or writing. Maybe yo are really good at throwing parties or creating community.
What did you love as a child?
We often stop doing the things we truly love because we think its not practical or “its not what grown ups do.” Oftentimes the things we love the most, we let go a long time ago. It may be just the thing that will bring you the most joy.
What makes you forget to eat?
Literally every day I wake up, drink coffee and start work. And every day, by 2 or 3 pm, I realize I forgot to eat. I love what I do. I love it so much that I get lost in it. What do you get lost doing?
How can you help the world become a better place?
Purpose is more than just finding happiness. Happiness is fleeting and circumstantial. Living with purpose can bring contentment. When you think of something that you are good and at and love, think about how you can use it to improve the world.
If you had a year to live, what would you do?
This questions is hard because some people would simply want to be with family or travel the world. But you are reading a blog post about purpose, so that tells me you want something more. We all will leave a legacy behind. What will be yours?