How to find purpose in life: 5 ways to understand the sense of life

Jun 9, 2023 | Building a Better You

Do you ever feel lost or uncertain about your purpose in life? Do you find yourself asking questions like “What am I here for?” or “What is my true calling?” Don’t worry, because today I want to share with you five ways to understand the sense of life and find your purpose.

Defining Purpose

First, let’s define what purpose means. Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. It’s important because it gives our lives direction and meaning. 

There are different types of purpose, and knowing which one aligns with your values and passions can help you find clarity in your life.

Personal Purpose

Answers the question: What?

Personal purpose is a driving force that gives direction and meaning to our lives. It’s the reason why we wake up in the morning and the motivation behind our actions. Personal purpose is unique to each individual and can be influenced by a variety of factors, such as values, beliefs, passions, and life experiences. Discovering our personal purpose can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life, as we align our actions with our core values and find meaning in what we do. 

Yet, a clear general personal purpose without a corresponding clear specific purpose leads to a weighty sense of duty or obligation. It does so because it takes our unique contribution out of the equation. It leaves out creativity, perspective, and design. (Read more about this in Lesson 6 of my book “Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute”)

Career Purpose

Answers the question: How?

Career purpose refers to an individual’s sense of direction and meaning in their professional life. It goes beyond just having a job or a career and involves finding a fulfilling and meaningful path that aligns with one’s values, skills, and passions. It involves understanding what drives us, what we enjoy doing, and what impact we want to make through our work. 

Career purpose provides a sense of motivation, satisfaction, and fulfillment that can lead to long-term success and a sense of accomplishment in one’s professional life.

We might take a moment here to acknowledge that a career purpose is a specific purpose with a specific time and specific niche. A specific purpose without a general personal purpose leads to barrenness. Living for yourself without partnership is self-serving and powerless.

Spiritual Purpose

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Spiritual purpose refers to the reason or meaning behind one’s existence and the connection with a higher power or source. It involves seeking a deeper understanding of oneself, the universe, and one’s place within it. Spiritual purpose often involves discovering and living in alignment with one’s core values, beliefs, and principles, and striving for personal growth and self-awareness. 

It can also involve contributing to the greater good and serving others, as well as seeking to make a positive impact on the world.

Self-Reflection and Understanding

Self-reflection is crucial to understanding your purpose. Take some time to ask yourself questions like “What are my strengths and weaknesses?” “What do I enjoy doing?” “Is there alignment between my daily work and my general purpose?” “Am I able to bring my true creative self to the work I am giving myself to?” Knowing your personal qualities and preferences can help you understand what drives you and what you want to achieve.

But self-reflection also involves examining your life experiences, values, and beliefs. Consider the things that have shaped you and the experiences that have had a significant impact on your life. Reflect on what you believe in and what you stand for. By understanding your core values and beliefs, you can gain a deeper sense of your identity and purpose. 

Identifying Values and Passions

Our personal values and passions are at the core of our being. They are the principles and beliefs that guide our decisions and actions. When we identify our values and passions, we gain insight into what is most important to us, what motivates us, and what brings us joy. By aligning our purpose with these values and passions, we can find meaning and fulfillment in our lives. 

For example, if you are passionate about helping others and believe in the importance of kindness and compassion, you may find purpose in a career that involves serving others or volunteering in your community. Alternatively, if you value creativity and innovation, pursuing a career in the arts or technology may align with your purpose. Ultimately, understanding your values and passions can guide you towards a purpose-driven life that is fulfilling and meaningful. (To take the next step, read the exercise in page 35 of “Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute”)

Finding Purpose Through Service

Finding your purpose through service is a great way to make a meaningful impact on the world around you. Many people find that they gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment from giving back to others. Whether it’s volunteering at a local charity, mentoring someone in need, or simply lending a helping hand to a friend or neighbor, there are countless ways to serve others. 

In addition to the personal benefits, serving others can also help you develop new skills, gain valuable experience, and broaden your horizons. When you serve others, you have the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective and learn from those around you. This can be an enriching and rewarding experience that helps you find your purpose in life.

Pursuing Personal Growth

Personal growth is an ongoing journey that requires consistent effort and dedication. It involves exploring your strengths and weaknesses, learning from your experiences, and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Pursuing personal growth can lead to greater self-awareness, confidence, and resilience. By setting specific and achievable personal growth goals, you can take small steps towards discovering your purpose and developing a greater sense of meaning in your life. 

Personal growth can also involve seeking guidance from mentors or coaches, attending personal development workshops, or practicing self-care activities such as meditation or journaling. Ultimately, prioritizing personal growth can help you unlock your potential and find greater fulfillment in all aspects of your life.

Take Control of Your Life Today

Finding your purpose in life takes time and effort. By defining your purpose, engaging in self-reflection, identifying your values and passions, serving others, and pursuing personal growth, you can unlock your full potential and live a purpose-driven life. Remember, you are capable of achieving your dreams and living a life full of purpose.

I encourage you to take action today and start incorporating these strategies into your life. Start small and remember to celebrate your progress. You have the power to make a positive change in your life and the lives of those around you. 

If you’d like assistance finding purpose, get in touch!

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