Nine Ways to Find Your Purpose in Life

Finding your purpose in life requires a plan and then taking action, adjusting, and retaking action. Here are nine ideas that you can try, starting today and work towards finding your purpose in life.

  1. Stop reading fluff pieces. Many people who read, do it to pass the time or get a quick boost of energy from an action story. Many non-fiction books can help you discover your purpose in life. Reading biographies of people who took action and changed the world can help you find your passion and purpose.
  2. Get off the couch. Traveling to other countries will open your eyes to new ways of living. If international travel is out of the question, don’t stop there. Get in as many local trips as you can. Visit interesting natural sites or go to larger cities and take in the arts and culture.
  3. Meditation is highly recommended. Forget the idea that you think of nothing as that is difficult to do. Just avoid thinking about problems and let your mind go to a positive area if it wants to. When you have a thought, don’t put emotion into it, just see it and acknowledge it. Try meditating for 15 minutes in the same space and at the same time. Think of the space as your time machine, where you can transport yourself to the future and visit yourself as you live with purpose.
  4. Don’t forget to write a journal. When you write down your deepest thoughts in a journal, you will find nuggets of gold. Your brain stores all your memories, and journaling is excellent for releasing thoughts that have become buried over time. In reviewing your journal entries, you come up with ideas for finding passion and purpose in your life.
  5. Take a pause. Yes, life is hectic, and you need not only time with family but time alone. In your alone time, sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Start asking yourself questions about what you want in your life. When you do this, your brain starts working in the background and while you sleep, looking for the answers you seek.
  6. What are your strengths? Write down the areas you are strong in and look to improve them. By knowing your strengths, you can discover and then focus on what you need to achieve your life purpose.
  7. Understanding your needs in life will help you to design your life purpose. Write out your needs to gain clarity on who you are and where you stand in the world. For example, some people need a more human connection than others. They need a big social circle, fantastic relationships with family, friends, and even co-workers. On the other hand, some people thrive with much smaller circles of family and friendship. Their joy comes from giving  and helping others who are struggling. After writing out your needs, perhaps your purpose may be starting a group that actively seeks single mothers with children who are struggling. Your purpose is fulfilled when you see success in finding those people proper housing, food, and clothing.
  8. As we get older, we change in what we need to feel fulfilled. We can be more flexible in what we do, and it becomes easier to let go of ideas and beliefs that no longer serve us. Many will embrace a minimalist lifestyle after discovering they have an abundance of things that serve no purpose. Those people may give away many of their possessions and look to create a lifestyle that helps not only themselves but the community and the planet in general.
  9. You probably already have what you need in your life. Focus on that and see that you are already living in abundance compared to millions of others in the world. Instead of wanting more and more, those who focus on what they already have will find their lives are more positive and what they need comes into their lives naturally.