Passions are important, but purpose is where it’s at.
Knowing your purpose makes things very simple.
Just like goal setting, it gives us direction.
With direction, obstacles fall to the sides as we fix our gaze on where we’re headed.
Identify your purpose and life gets simple.
Yes, some do discover their purpose overnight, but for most it takes time.
And that’s ok.
I know the world we live in expects us to have all the answers right away, but that isn’t always the case.
Some things take time.
If you can come to peace with that – not knowing – you’re well on your way.
I like how Eckhart Tolle puts it:
Whenever there is unhappiness in the background of your life (or even in the foreground), you can see which of these thoughts applies and fill in your own content according to your personal situation:
“There is something that needs to happen in my life before I can be at peace (happy, fulfilled, etc.). And I resent that it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe my resentment will finally make it happen.”
“Something happened in the past that should not have happened, and I resent that. If that hadn’t happened, I would be at peace now.”
“Something is happening now that should not be happening, and it is preventing me from being at peace now.”
Often the unconscious beliefs are directed toward a person and so “happening” becomes “doing”:
“You should do this or that so that I can be at peace. And I resent that you haven’t done it yet. Maybe my resentment will make you do it.”
“Something you (or I) did, said, or failed to do in the past is preventing me from being at peace now.”
“What you are doing or failing to do now is preventing me from being at peace.”
See the world.
Different places. Different people. Different cultures.
It opens your mind.
It shows you how much of what you think is “right” isn’t necessarily true, how malleable we really are. It leaves you with some things to think about.
Plus, there really isn’t anything like the freedom of the road. The alleviation of any expectations or standards.
Get out and get about.
Experience life, cause it’s short.
2) Listen to Your Gut
You know what you need to do.
That big step that will change everything.
You probably think about it all the time.
Maybe it’s getting a plan.
Maybe it’s getting started.
Whatever it is, listen.
I find doing a brain dump – writing everything down, then creating a list – helps a ton.
Once I start checking things off I know I’m really taking action.
So listen. And keep listening. It’s already there, you know what you’re supposed to be.
3) Ask Good Questions
The mind is a powerful tool.
One thing it’s great at is answering questions.
If you ask it any question, you’ll get an answer.
So you’ve got to make sure you’re asking it good questions.
Let’s try it.
What’s your favorite color?
(You answering to yourself…)
How’d it do? Get it right?
Use this in your favor.
Ask good questions about purpose and you’ll get much clearer about yours.
An article I wrote recently, How to Discover Your Purpose has just what you’re looking for.
If you’re interested in learning more about questions and how they work, I suggest picking up Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins. He goes into tons of detail on that and much, much more in the realm of personal growth.
And he’s not as douchey as he seems.
Well, sometimes he is, but he has a lot of great tools regardless.
Remember your gut?
Meditation is an excellent way to get in tune with it.
Personally, I aim to meditate at least once a day.
Shuts my brain up.
Allows me to get clear on what I really want to focus on – hell, I did it before writing this article!
Here’s the other kicker – it’s way easy.
You just sit down, close your eyes, and breathe.
Headspace has a free 10 day trial that will teach you how.
A great place to start.
5) Challenge Yourself
You are not the same person you were 5 minutes ago.
In reading this article, you’ve changed.
Maybe you’ve decided to take action.
Maybe you’ve decided I’m insane.
And maybe not a whole lot has changed on the surface, but your subconscious has been effected.
Whatever it is, something’s changed.
And challenging yourself is a great way to change YOU for the better.
A friend of mine says: ‘Through pressure and time, coal turns to diamonds.’
So apply pressure.
Get to know you.
Through your challenges, travels, and meditations, you’re going to learn a lot.
Write it all down.
Sift through your thoughts to find what you really feel about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.
In a few years, revisit it. Does it still hold up?
There is no substitute for journaling when it comes to self discovery.
It is unique unto itself.
I highly recommend adding it to your morning or evening routine.
It’s well worth the time investment.
Here are 3 good questions to ask yourself when you do:
What am I learning?
What am I enjoying?
What should I focus on now?
Take action, pick up a journal today.
So there you have it, 6 ways to help uncover your purpose.
And if you don’t, it’s no big deal!
Remember – life is to be lived, not figured out.
None of us get out alive!
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