You truly start living from the day you come face to face with your purpose in life. These questions will give you a guide to know what really is your purpose.
Most of us have no clue what we want to do with our lives. Even after we finish school. Even after we get a job. Even after we’re making money. Many of us do change career aspirations more often than we changed underwears.
Discovering one’s “purpose” in life essentially boils down to finding those one or two things that are bigger than yourself, and bigger than those around you. And to find them you must get off your couch and act, and take the time to think beyond yourself, to think greater than yourself, and paradoxically, to imagine a world without yourself.
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For those of us finding it really difficult to identify their purpose in life, giving answers to the following stated questions will truly do the magic for you.
1. What are your core values?
People have deep seated beliefs and values, which govern most of their decisions and actions. If you do something that does not resonate with your core values, you can’t find happiness and satisfaction. When they are missing, you can’t be successful. You need to do things that are in alignment with your deeper self.
You have to dig deep and discover your core values. They may not be easily visible, but observe your past decisions and actions and how they made you feel. This will give you an idea about your values. Once you discover them, you can make better decisions regarding which direction you want to choose for your life.
For you to really live a much more enriched life, you must build your life around your values and principles. Because your values are the building blocks of your long-term success. When you are able to define what your life’s values and principles are, you will easily know what you stand for and against.
2. What do others tell you that you’re good at?
If you take a closer look at your corporate career , you will see that there are things that people would literally come up to you afterwards and say, you were born to do this! Take note both mentally and literally of what others say about you. You know, the times where people say things like, “you’re a natural!” or “you make it look so easy!”
3. What comes naturally to you?
In other words, what are your gifts? What are the things that come so intuitively to you that you literally have to stop and think how to tell others how to do it?
We all possess some kind of natural talent and ability. Find that one thing that feels effortless to you, while others struggle at it.
If you take some time to develop it, you can become the master of it. But the question is – what is it? That question lies within you. For all you know, you may have been ignoring it or unaware of it this entire time. It may come so natural to you, that you never paid attention to it.
4. What are those things around you that you are so much concerned about ?
Take a look around you, what are those things that you wish you could change? Is it the transportation system, the lifestyle of people around you, the educational system, Etc? The fact is that this are potential business opportunities that would change the lives of others positively and put you in a special place in history.
The purpose of life is to find out how to solve as many problems for as many people as possible. When you are able to do such, then you will forever be remembered for your great stride.
5. At the end of your life journey, what do you want to be remembered for?
Life is a stage, and the best actors always leave something unique in the minds of their audience. Life on this Earth is but for a very short period of time. Living for the safe of living is the greatest waste.
As you wake up every morning, ask yourself what you can do to help put smiles on the faces of people? Start living your life with the end in mind, by deciding in advance what people should say about you after you are no more in this Earth plain. At the end of your life, after all your accomplishments and actions are said and done, what will your Wikipedia entry read?
This is our updated version of the standard “eulogy test” that self-help gurus like to ask.The important thing to remember here is that Wikipedia is objective and moderated – both the good and bad about your life will be stated here, so the only way to ensure that it says what you want it to is by really living out your defined purpose in life.
6. What do you love doing that you don’t even care about the money?
We are all acquainted with the saying that you should do what you love and the money will follow. Money in itself will never make you wealthy or happy, but when you are wealthy you are sure to have money in turn.
The whole purpose of life is to be happy. Therefore it is essential that you Focus your energies on only those things that guarantee your long term happiness.
Whatever it is that gives you inner joy and satisfaction, that’s exactly what you should dedicate your entire life to and you will forever be glad you did.
Whether it’s writing, acting, singing, dancing, public speaking, travelling etc, commit your whole life to it and your level of impact will stagger Your Own imagination.