Find Your Purpose: Did you know that unlocking your purpose is a powerful way to set aligned goals, ramp up motivation, and feel more fulfilled in life?
𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀.
It’s easier to distinguish between the opportunities which are right for you – and those that aren’t too.
Finding your purpose requires soul-searching and deep thought.
What’s more, your purpose can change with time as you collect more experiences and discover new things that you love.
But whatever it takes to get clarity over your purpose is more than worth it. With purpose as your compass, life can flow that little bit easier. Here are three techniques that can help you unlock your life purpose.
𝟭. 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
Your journal is one of the best places to unlock your purpose. Journaling is one of the most effective ways to pull on the threads of your thoughts to see where the tangle leads.
As you write without censorship or judgment, you can dive into your truth and that can be liberating. Best of all, you don’t have to be an A-grade writer to get value from writing.
Here are some prompts to help you unlock your purpose and your passions.
- If your day was free, what would you do?
- What do you love to give advice on?
- What do people ask you about?
- When do you lose track of time?
- What do you want to be remembered for?
𝟮. 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁
It’s not unusual for your purpose to be wrapped up in something you’re naturally good at.
This makes sense when you think about it. But sometimes, we’re too close to ourselves to understand the depth of our skills and impact.
So don’t be surprised if the thing that others value in you isn’t something you instinctively see in yourself!
It’s easy to overlook the true value of something that comes easily to you.
𝗔𝘀𝗸 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂.
Chances are you’ll get some really valuable insights that will help you understand the true impact you make.
Knowing what others value in you is a powerful way to take full ownership of the impact you make.
When you’re aware of how you empower others, you can own this aspect of yourself in a more purposeful way.
𝟯. 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗪𝗛𝗬
Simon Sinek, author of 𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙒𝙃𝙔 says, “If we want to feel an undying passion for our work if we want to feel we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves, we all need to know our WHY.”
Sinek says that most of us know what we do and how we do it. But fewer people know the underlying reason behind their efforts.
Get clarity over your WHY and you’ll connect with a bigger picture. Instead of doing alone, the things you do will take on more meaning and purpose – and that feeling inspires and motivated us to show up more fully.
When you know your WHY you’ll be able to make aligned choices. You’ll instinctively know what things light you up and what things will drain your energy.
𝗦𝗼 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗪𝗛𝗬?
Ask yourself WHY you do what you do. Write down the first answer that comes to you. For example, I might say that I coach because I enjoy it.
That’s the top-level superficial answer!
Now it’s time to go deeper by asking WHY again.
In reply, I might say that I enjoy coaching because I can help people improve themselves.
Now we’re getting closer to the truth – but we can go deeper still by once again asking WHY?
In reply, I might say that helping others improve themselves leads to my own self-awareness and the opportunity to be seen and heard for who I really am – which is ultimately a form of self-improvement for me.
(And I believe cultivating self-improvement is one of the most impactful goals we can set for ourselves.)
In other words, I coach because it fuels self-improvement, which helps me be my best self.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂? 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗪𝗛𝗬?
Try this exercise for yourself and keep asking WHY until you get to the core. You’ll know it when you do because it will simply feel right in your soul.