Take a breath, sit back, and imagine for a moment.
You are in the last hour of your life. Your time has come. You have a flashback, it’s your life, from birth to death. The good times, the bad times… It’s all there.
What will you see?
Will you have regrets?
Will you feel fulfilled?
As your eyes close… What will be your final emotion?
It’s scary to think about that day. But here’s the reality: It’s going to come.
The question isn’t will it come. It’s how will you feel when it does come?
The Question That Can Change Your Life
Can you discover your purpose?
Let’s back up a little bit. What does that even mean? Your “purpose“?
Let’s make it simple. Your purpose is what you love you doing, and is your opportunity to have the greatest positive impact on this world.
So when I ask the question: Can you discover your purpose? I’m really asking 2 questions:
1. Can you discover what you love doing?
2. Can you have a massive impact on this world by doing what you love?
Is this possible?
If the answer is yes, and I believe it is, then you’re not only selling yourself but the entire world short if you do not discover your purpose.
Are You Leaving it up To Chance?
Are you being intentional with the choices you make on a daily basis?
If you have no idea what you want to do with your life will talking about how you have “no idea what you want to do with” your life provide the answer?
I’m going to jump out on a limb here and say “no”.
The problem that most people run into is that they spend so much time talking about their worries and concerns that they never take the necessary actions to solve it.
Instead of spending days, weeks, months and even years stressing about discovering your all powerful magical purpose… how about you focus on taking action to figure it out?
Make Discovering Your Purpose Your Purpose
Discovering your purpose isn’t something that magically occurs. It requires that you take intentional action.
This isn’t rocket science. It’s just logical. If you want to figure out what you want to do with your life… Then you should spend time each day trying to figure out what you want to do with your life.
If you don’t know your purpose, then make finding your purpose your purpose.
11 Actions You Can Take Today to Discover Your Life’s Purpose
This all sounds nice and dandy but let’s get practical. Below I share with you 11 actions you can take today that can help you discover your life’s purpose.
1. Write out Your Life’s Vision
Take out a pen and paper. Imagine that 5 years have passed. All of your dreams have come true.
Where do you live? How do you feel? What are your hobbies? How much money do you make? How do you make money? What people are in your life? What people are no longer in your life? How do you spend your days?
The more details the better.
Then after you write the vision, answer this question:
What 1 action can you take today to start moving towards that vision?
Then take that 1 action.
2. Start a New Hobby
What is that one thing you have been claiming “I would love to do this if…”
Want to learn a new language? Start a badminton club? collect stamps? learn how to sow?
It doesn’t matter what it is. If you want to do it, it’s great. Go do it.
3. Volunteer In Your Community
Choose to volunteer for something you find really interesting.
High quality people like to volunteer. They are nice, giving, and enjoy meeting new people. So not only will you get to be around great people but you also might happen to discover your purpose along the way.
Worst case scenario you spend a day making the world a better place. Best case scenario: you discover your purpose. Win-Win.
4. Answer The Million Dollar Question
Sit back, take a deep breath and answer the following question:
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with your life?
One of the major impediments to discovering your purpose is the money excuse. You buy into this lie that it’s impossible to make money doing what you love. So, you don’t even bother to search for your purpose.
The first step is to find your purpose, then later you can find a way to make money doing it.
5. Take Action Without Thinking
All too often you have a wonderful idea that’s going to change the world (or at minimum your world) and then the “voice of reason” comes in.
Sometimes it’s our own voice. Sometimes it’s from peers or family. The problem with the voice of reason is that it’s often lame, boring, lacks any sense of adventure and is… WRONG.
So, answer the following question based on your gut instinct:
What do you want to do with your life?
Great! Now don’t make any excuses. Just take the first step. If you don’t know the first step then your first step is to identify the first step.
6. Use Fear to Guide Your Actions
Sit back, and grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Answer the following question:
What are you deathly afraid to do? I’m not talking about a little bit afraid… I’m talking about pee your pants scared. What is it?
Fear is an indicator that something truly matters to you. Therefore you must identify that which you fear and then do it.
Commit to conquering this fear. Start with baby steps.
What action can you take today that would move you towards eventually destroying this fear?
7. Personify “Your Purpose”
Let’s make this personal… Literally. Imagine that your “purpose” was a human being. In fact, they are next to you right now.
What would this person be like? Would it be a man or a woman? What does it look like? how does it act? What types of activities does it do? What kind of relationship do you have with your purpose? Is it a marriage? a friend? a business partner.
Have fun with this one. You’ll be surprised how much it reveals.
8. Read Inspiring Books Everyday
The greatest impediment you face to discovering your purpose is your own self doubt. Therefore it is critical that you defend yourself against these woeful voices of doubt and insecurity.
The simple way to do this is to commit to read 30 to 60 minutes of inspiring books everyday. Imagine feeding your mind with some of the greatest and most inspiring thinkers in all of human civilization.. everyday.
Do you think that will impact your sense of possibility?
Heck yes it will.
As you read more, your sense of possibility will increase. As your sense of possibility increases you will start to be more comfortable exploring potential purposes because you will know that you can find a way to make it happen.
9. Plan Out “Purpose Exploration” Activities
Look at your schedule this week. Write down 5 actions you will take to start discovering your purpose. Book it just like a doctors appointment. Write in the day and time that you will do it.
Don’t know what action to take? That’s easy. Just choose 5 from this post and add them to your calendar’.
10. Commit 60 Minutes to “Life Reflection”
A while ago someone said that “experience is the greatest teacher”. That’s wrong, experience isn’t the greatest teacher. “Experience reflected on is the greatest teacher”.
Set 60 minutes aside this week to think about your life. Grab a pen and paper and just write. Ask yourself the big questions:
What makes you happy?
What do you want to do with your life?
What impact do you want to have on this world?
Write. Write. And write some more.
You will be amazed at the insights that come out of this.
11. Imagine The Impossible Then Take The First Step
For just one moment, imagine that you could do anything in the world you want to do. So, if that were possible, what would you do?
If you were going to do that one thing, what is the first step that you would need to take to make it happen?
Now, take that first step.
Above All Else Take Action
Above all else you must take action if you are going to discover your purpose. Take a breath… A big deep breath. Then answer the following question:
What 1 action am I going to take today after reading this post?
Then immediately take it.
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