How to Find Your Purpose in Life
How do you find your life's purpose in a world of confusion?
Everywhere you look, you find people who are doing jobs that they don't enjoy. They work only for a paycheck and deal with problems that they could easily find the answers for. They seem to be confused about the business of daily living. They struggle for an existence because they haven't found their purpose.
The reason why most people do not find their purpose is because of self-denial. They don't want to see the truth. They rather fabricate their realities. They psyche themselves out until they believe that they are doing the right thing, but they aren't.
Nonetheless, the truth is penetrating and so is your purpose. Living a purposeful life isn't easy because you may be misunderstood by others quite often. While everyone is busy conforming, you will be doing what you must to live a deeper, more satisfying life.
However, in the long run, these same people will being to ask you "How did you do it?" Yes, the people who used to discount you will buy you at full price because you are living up to your potential. You've actually become someone. You're living on purpose.
To find your purpose, stop conforming and start performing!
There are questions you must ask to seriously consider what your purpose truly is. When asking these questions, you must be honest with yourself. Here are the four questions you must ask to discover your purpose in life:
1. What do I love to do?
What do you love to do? If you like designing websites, you probably wouldn't fit in as a barrista at Starbucks. Instead, you might want to start designing websites and do plenty of research on it. You might even want to take on a few projects for free. Do what you love to do, even if there isn't an immediate payoff.
A friend told me his father rebuked him, "Son, give up on basketball. There's only 450 positions in the NBA. You'll never make it. Just work for the government and take it easy." Even though he heard this repeatedly, he still made the NBA as an top executive. Sometimes your dream comes in a form that is different than you've imagined. Either way, always be prepared when the opportunity comes.
Do what you love. Love what you do. -Various Authors
2. What are my gifts?
Many of our gifts are suppressed in society because of our schooling system. For example, when I was in high school, I failed multiple English classes. I distinctly remembering a teacher failing me on an essay because my ideas weren't 'good enough.' Despite her feedback, my books and articles have reached millions of people.
No matter what your circumstance is, you need to trust your instincts. If you believe what the naysayers preach, you will be stuck in the 'enormity of conformity.' Find out what your gifts are by learning what you're naturally suited for. Personally, I was always good at poetry and teaching others. I've learned how to use that for the rest of my life.
Your purpose is greater than you. -Daniel Ally
3. What is the best way that I can serve others?
Most people are ready to clock out after an hour on the job. They're eager to quit because they know that they are either unfulfilled or unchallenged. If you are bored with your job, you aren't helping yourself--and you certainly aren't helping others. Find something productive and fulfilling to do. Don't just go after a job to live comfortably. Do something worthwhile!!
I always challenge the people around me to ask this question: "How can I deliver the most value to the most people in the shortest amount of time?" Write it down and ask yourself this question for the next 30 days. It will help you to realize that you are a valuable member of society. It also proves that you can improve the quality and quantity of your production when you seek better ways to serve others.
Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.
4. Would I be willing to do it for free?
As a teenager, I thought volunteering was completely foolish. I thought "Why work for free when you could get paid?" I didn't learn the value of volunteering until I discovered who I was. Not only did I start working for free, but I also paid to do it!! Are you willing to do the work you do right now for free? Would you do it for the next 12 months?
If you do more than you're paid to do, you'll get paid more than you do. If you continue to develop your character, refine your integrity, and challenge yourself to become better, there's no way you cannot find your purpose. Put yourself to the test by using your gifts everyday without pay. You will gain so much insight and be prepared for larger opportunities in life. The speed at which you succeed will be incomprehensible.
It is the hours you aren't paid that will pay you the most.
If you're still in the search for your purpose in life, be sure to do the best in all of your activities. In due time, you will see signs of progress and the universe will guide your to your place on Earth. For now, ask these questions and find yourself skyrocketing toward your purpose. It will save you time, money, energy, and creativity.
Your purpose is within you.
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