Tip #1 – Take Action
Most of us hope we will find our life’s purpose someday, but we don’t do anything about it. If you want to know what your life purpose is, then you have to look for it. There are two steps in this process.
Step one, try out a lot of things. If you want to find our your purpose, you have to try things. You are not going to wake up one day and go, I know what I want to do. The point is, you won’t know if you want to do something if you don’t try it. This is a variation on a phrase my Uncle Mike says. “You don’t ask, you don’t get.” I try to incorporate this philosophy into most of my life; they are solid words to live by.
Step two, use introspection. This just means you need to look within yourself while you are trying new things or after. You can even do it now by looking back on your life and what you’ve done with it so far. What have you enjoyed? What have you hated?
Tip #2 – Love The Process
We all go through life wanting to be happy. One of the things we think will make us happy is having a purpose. If only we knew what we wanted to do, we would be happy every day. The problem with this is it’s not so simple. Why not? Many people focus on the goal, and that creates a problem. Many of us dream of being something, but we don't love the process.
You may want to be a rock star, but do you want to practice your guitar for two hours a day for the next five years to do so? After that, you have to find a band, produce new songs, and send those to a record label (or go down the self-publishing route). Most people don’t want to go through all that work.
So, find what you love to do and make sure you can enjoy all parts of the process. Don’t fall in love with being a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Fall in love with writing, editing, and learning all you can about the craft. You have to enjoy the process. Remember, even if you enjoy the process, you probably won’t be elated every day of your life.
Tip #3 – You May Have More Than One Purpose
This is an idea that many people struggle with. Some people want to do just one thing with their lives, but others have many things. You don’t have to be just one thing, in fact, you never will be. You can be a student, a teacher, a musician, and a lawyer. There is no law saying you can only be one of them.
There is a lot of emphasis placed upon a life purpose, a solitary purpose that you were born to do. I don’t believe this is true. You may have two or three or more purposes. These may be simultaneous purposes. It is also possible to have one purpose for several years, then switch to another one. That is okay. Accept that change in your life if it comes to it. Change is good… I wrote an entire post on it (Read It Here).
Did these tips help you? Do you have some questions about this post? Leave me a comment; I read and appreciate them all.