We are all born with a purpose in our life. Or, let’s say we can all discover our purpose in our life. The important thing is to have one. Your purpose is the thing that evokes strong will and motivation in you, it makes you feel alive and brave to face anything.
“No man or woman is an island. To exist just for oneself does not make sense. You can get the most satisfaction when you feel connected to a bigger purpose in life, something bigger than yourself.
~ Denis Waitley
Our purpose is like a true North in the infinite universe in which we live, it gives us direction and meaning. And these things are critically important. Usually, it is like this, our purpose is the essence that creates our dreams, goals, honest desires, and passions.
However, as we grow older our egos start to get involved. And for this reason, we start to stray from the path of our soul’s purpose to fill our ego’s hunger. Here are 5 steps that help you realign with your purpose:
1. Make a list of the skills that you have:
We all have natural gifts, talents, things we can do better and easier than others. But society works in a certain way, and as we grow older we tend to trade those gifts for smarter, more profitable options. If you want to realign yourself with your purpose, you have to remember your gifts.
Take a piece of paper and write down the skills that come naturally to you. What are some things other people will say to you, “Wow! How did you do it?” What are the things that you do without thinking? These natural skills are part of the gift you have to give to the world. Remember what these things are.
2. Begin doing what you loved doing when you were a child:
Back when you were a kid, you could spend all your time doing multiple things without regretting them for a second. As we grow older, we tend to forget about our childhood activities because we focus on what matters most.
But what really matters are those things that are ridiculous in the eyes of adults because they don’t fit their idea of success or don’t fit the norms of society. Those things that you loved to do as a kid were the things closest to your purpose, those things that ignited your passion. Remember what one or more partnering activities you could do as a kid forever and start doing them again.
3. Meditate on the question of what your purpose is:
Let’s be clear, to know exactly what your purpose is is really, really rare in the world. Most people who pursue their purpose have an idea of what it is. Indeed, your purpose is not something definite, it is not an exact thing because everything is in constant evolution, new technologies, new opportunities arise.
Since everything is constantly changing, so does your purpose. Your purpose is evolving and it is okay to let it evolve. However, in order to know what your purpose is right now, or at least to have an idea of the direction of your it, you should meditate on this question. Ask the higher parts of your being to give you clues about the direction of your purpose to get a clearer idea.
4. Think about what the world needs at this moment:
Whatever your purpose, it is aligned with the greatest good of the world and of mankind. This is an important clue to think about. This means that whatever the world needs most right now, your purpose is very likely to have something to do with it.
Ask yourself what the world needs most right now, and list all the answers that come to mind. When you have the list, look at your answers and let your intuition guide you to the answer that resonates the most with you. This response should excite you, and you should experience it as a call because it is calling you to do something.
5. Find the thing that is left when everything else is taken off:
There is an interesting thought experiment you can do to become clearer about your purpose. And it’s fun to do it. Imagine that everything in the world is taken away, gone. No society, no people, no system, no chores. It’s just you and this planet.
You can’t be killed, you don’t need to eat and drink water to survive, you’re just there, alone, for all eternity. What would you do for fun? What’s the one thing you would want to return? What’s the one thing no one can take away from you? Answering these questions can be a revelation. When you know the answers to these questions, you will have a clearer idea of your purpose.
How to make your purpose clear:
When you take these 5 steps and have the answers, the meaning of your purpose will become more familiar to you. By following these 5 steps, you will start to realign yourself with your purpose and start to get a clearer picture of it.
What are your natural talents, what did you enjoy doing as a child, what does intuition tells you to do, what does the world need? Answer these questions to know your purpose.
What activity can no one take away from you, what activity will you do even if there is nothing and no one in the world? Answer these questions and you will know your purpose. There may be ways that are unique to you in living your purpose, so follow them. You know best how to follow your purpose.