Everyone has different experiences, people, and places that make up their individual lives. What makes one person happy might not necessarily make another happy. There are things we can do to create the life that we want.
But first, we need to acknowledge what it is that we value most in this world. That’s where the concept of your “life purpose” comes in. A life purpose is a deeper understanding of what you believe will most fulfill you as a person and help you achieve your goals in this world. It can be anything from helping others to learning new things about the world or helping someone else grow as a human being.
However, certain commonalities exist among those who have found their life purpose and made it a part of their everyday lives. Here are some tips on how you can find yours too.
Make a list of your values
First, you need to make a list of your values. These are the things that you believe in and what you choose to prioritize in your life. For example, if you value honesty and integrity, those values may take priority over materialism.
Next, create activities that exemplify these values. The more often you do these activities, the more likely they will become a part of who you are. Volunteering for organizations or working with children can show your life purpose in action.
Each day is different from the one before, and there is always something new to explore. To find your true-life purpose, first, acknowledge what you value most in this world and then make an activity that shows off this quality as often as possible.
Make a list of the things you won’t compromise on.
Take a moment to set your priorities. What are the things that are most important to you in the world? What would you do anything for? What is the thing that, if it were taken away from you, would make your life not worth living? Define what those values are and set specific plans for how to get there.
Once you have an idea of who you want to be in this world and what your values are, it’s time to take action. Begin by setting up a schedule. Think about how often you should focus on each of these values each day or week. This will help give structure and focus to your life purpose. Add exercises and drills to help you work on these values, so it doesn’t feel like a chore but something enjoyable and fulfilling.
Next, make sure that every day is invested with meaning. Think about what makes up your days now and add activities or moments that will remind you why this new lifestyle is worth living.
Look for ways to give back.
There is a lot of life out there that not everyone has the opportunity to experience. Whether it’s because of your work schedule or location, it can sometimes be challenging to give back in a way that increases personal happiness and fulfillment. Some great ways to give back are volunteering at your local animal shelter, donating blood, or helping those with disabilities.
You don’t have to look for ways to help people in your area. Many organizations around the world require volunteer assistance. So don’t be afraid to spread your wings and do something different!
Find something to energize you every day.
As you explore what makes you feel alive, ask yourself if your life purpose excites you every day. If it does, then you’re on the right track. Ask yourself why that is and take steps to make time for it. But if the answer is no, consider what things you feel like you don’t have enough time for during your day.
Maybe it’s giving back to your community or spending more quality time with family members or friends. Or perhaps it’s finding a way to make a difference in this world. Whatever those are, prioritize them and take steps to accomplish them each day.
Take a step back and evaluate your life
First, you need to set goals. Goals give you something to work towards and will help guide your life as a whole. Write down what you want from your life and how you want it to turn out. Then, take the time to evaluate everything happening in your life.
Get some distance between where you are now and where you want to be. Next, determine what can help you get there most effectively. If your goal is helping others, then volunteer opportunities could be good for you. If your goal was learning new things about the world, then a degree program would provide an excellent avenue to achieve those goals.
Finally, once you’ve determined what will have the most significant impact on reaching those goals, make sure that they’re a priority in your life by prioritizing them over everything else to achieve them.
When it comes to living your life, it’s important to remember that it’s not just about the work. It’s also about the person you are. Even if the work is what provides the majority of your income and sustenance, it’s still important to find something that makes you feel fulfilled.