As humans we all look to be happy, content, fulfilled and experience a sense of inner peace. To achieve those things it’s important to understand and learn how to find your passion and life purpose. Without this, the internal compass that guides you, your goals and action plans will ultimately not fulfil you.
Discovering Your Life Purpose
After going through some extreme personal experiences, I have come to the belief that every single one of us on planet Earth is born with a unique life purpose.
Identifying, acknowledging, and honouring this unique life purpose is critical in becoming a successful individual. Most successful people take the time to understand what they’re here to do, and they put their foot on the gas to pursue that passion with great enthusiasm.
Talking with a lot of people I’ve found that some of us see our purpose and passion in life obvious and clear. Everyone is born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, can develop these talents into skills.
For most people though, it’s not as easy as identifying a passion. Like me, you may have found yourself asking the questions, “What should I do with my life?”, “What is my passion?”, “What is my life purpose?”
Also, after contemplating hard over your passions, you find that once you dive deeper into learning about your life purpose, that in fact, you’re passionate about something completely different.
I personally know how hard it is to discover your life purpose and passion. With this in mind, I have put together a few tips to help you find your life passion and unique purpose.
Dive Deeper Into The Things You Love To Do & What Comes Easier To You
Whoever you are, one thing is for certain. We are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that needs to be discovered. This isn’t something you need to create out of nothing; it already exists. To create the life you want, you need to uncover it. To help you answer the question “What is my purpose in life?”, here are two ideas:
- Ask yourself “What do you love to do?”
- And also, “What comes easier to you?”
I understand it takes time to develop your talents, for example, even the most gifted musicians had to practice non-stop. When you find something you love to do, it should feel natural. For me, I love to design websites, support others with their own projects and passion, plus helping them to build their business and online presence. When I do these things, It doesn’t feel like work but a hobby that I enjoy doing. I don’t stress about these passions either as they come easy to me. And although I invested many years on learning how to master these skills, I loved every minute. Work is essential to develop your skills but suffering is not. If you find that what your doing is stressful and your struggling, then you are probably not living your life purpose.
What Qualities Do You Enjoy Expressing The Most
Start by asking yourself, “What are the three qualities you most enjoy expressing in the world?” Mine is integrity, happiness and optimism.
Secondly, ask yourself, “What are the three ways you most enjoy expressing these qualities?” For me, it’s by being honest, inspiring and motivating people.
No matter who I talk to or what subject we are discussing, whether it’s personal or business. I will always be honest and upfront, and never give off a pessimistic outlook to anything they say. I’m a big believer in destroying negative thoughts, and if you have pessimistic people around you in your life. Think twice about continuing to have them in the future. Everyone deserves positivity in life. It’s the only way to achieve true happiness.
Create A Life Purpose Statement
This is a great exercise to do, take a few moments and write down a description of what the world would be like if you were operating perfectly according to you. For me, ideally, everyone is living up to their highest abilities by doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three questions into one statement, and you will have a clearer understanding of your life purpose.
Mine is “Inspiring and motivating people to help them achieve their highest abilities through showing integrity, happiness and optimism”.
Follow Your Heart (What Is Your Inner Guidance Telling You?)
Honestly, what if I told you that deep down within, you have your own guidance system that can help you get from where you are in life to where you want to be?
Sounds daft, but there is some truth behind it. Its known as your inner GPS, and its similar to the GPS you use in your car or on your mobile devices. Its simple, it tells you how to get from point A to point B.
Think about this, what’s the first thing you do when travelling to a new destination in your car? You input it into your cars GPS system. First, it picks up your current location and then determines the best route to get to your destination.
To be effective, the system needs to know your beginning location and your final destination. The navigational software figures out the rest by using an onboard computer that receives multiple satiliete signals and calculates your exact position. Then it maps out a perfect route for you.
All you need to do is follow the instructions it gives you to arrive at your destination.
Your inner guidance can do the exact same thing for you.
Decide Where You Want To Go
Easier said than done, I know, but all you need to do is decide where you want to go by giving your vision more clarity, pinpointing your destination by setting realistic goals, applying daily affirmations and visualisations, which will allow you to start taking the correct actions to get you on the right path.
With every visualisation, your inputting the destination you want to get to.
And every time you express a preference for something, you are expressing an intention.
A car you desire, tickets to a live concert, a vacation destination, a room with an ocean view, or even a relationship. All these positive images and thoughts are sending requests to the universe.
From my personal experience, if you do your best to stay out of its way – I mean by not interrupting the flow of the universe with negative thoughts, doubts, and fears, your inner guidance system will keep delivering the next steps in your life journey while you continue to move forward.
Giving yourself clarity and staying focused on your journey (creating a visualisation board or meditating can help), the universe will unravel your path before you in the form of internal guidance, creating ideas and new opportunities.
“Behave as if you are already where you want to be” – Lee Copp
Be As Clear As Possible About Your Life Purpose
One thing I have learnt is that once you have a clear understanding of what you want and keep your mind constantly focused on it, then the “how moments” will keep showing up. Most of the time, just when you need it and not a second too late.
A great way to think about your inner guidance is on the fact that it tells you when you are on and off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing in your life. The things that bring you the greatest joys are perfectly in alignment with your life purpose and will continue to get you to where you want to go.
When you share your goals to the universe, you will be surprised and mesmerized by what it can deliver. These are the moments where miracles can happen.
Have an honest and open think about where you currently are in your life and what you want to do with the rest of your life. For example, What is your financial status? How are your relationships going? How is your health? and more…
Then think about where you would like to be. If your life isn’t perfect right now, what would it look like if it was? What career path would you be in? Where would you be living? and who with? By consistently doing this exercise, you will send powerful triggers to your subconscious mind, helping you to achieve everything that’s needed to get there.
The Passion Test
A simple process developed by Chris and Janet Attwood called The Passion Test. It starts by you filling in the blanks 15 times for the following statement: “My life is ideal when I’m _______.” The word(s) you choose to fill in the blank must be a verb.
When I performed this process myself, my statments looked like this:
- My life is ideal when I’m surrounded by positive and inspiring people.
- My life is ideal when I’m supporting and motivating people with their passion.
- My life is ideal when I’m engaged in intellectual and stimulating conversations.
- My life is ideal when I’m achieving milestones set for my own passions and personal projects.
- My life is ideal when I’m healthy, active with hobbies, enjoying work, and ticking things off my bucket list.
When you have created a list of 15 statements, you then need to identify your top five choices. These are the most important statements and to do this you need to compare #1 and #2 to identify which is the most important. Then take the winner of that and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #3.
Repeat the process with the remaining statements until you have clearly nailed down five passions in your life.
The next step is to create realistic goals for each of your top five statements. These can be small or big goals, but remember to make them achievable. This way you can look at your life and with ease tell if you are living that passion.
For me, a realistic goal would be, to make sure that I have no pessimistic people around me to bring me down. I can’t always guarantee this, but I can control who I surround myself with. This helps me to continue to live a positive lifestyle with nothing but positive thoughts being injected into my subconscious. I will also find one new connection a month who inspires me.
I have elaborated more on my passions since the beginning of the process but still kept them as realistic as possible. Once you know what your passions are and what your life will look like when you are living it, you can then create action plans to turn your dreams into reality.
When Did You Experience The Greatest Joy In Your Life?
A joy review is another method in which can help you to identify your purpose in life. For this technique, I recommend setting aside 30 minutes of your day and make a list of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life.
When I did this it was when I received the sportsman personality of the year in primary school, when I won a 5 a-side football league at the age of 13, when I got accepted into a university I wanted to go to, my time being an entertainer for a holiday park, when I was sharing past stories and jokes with old friends, and when my son was born.
Then you want to look for a pattern among these things.
In my case, it was when I had achieved an accomplishment or goal and created joy and happiness with people.
Because we know that joy is part of your internal guidance system telling you that your on course, you can determine a lot about your life purpose from completing this joy review technique.
Take Time For Yourself – Be Selfish In The Right Way
While on my search to finding my own life purpose and passions, I had to reflect hard on my own personal life and the past experiences I have gone through. As I always wanted the best for people and would do anything I could to help them out. This would take precious time away from myself. This, in the end, affected my everyday life in the way of completing self goals, projects, hobbies and even relaxation time. I submerged myself in other peoples passions to help them achieve it while neglecting my own.
This led me to lose my own purpose in life, after a decade of doing this, and especially in my 20’s when people use these years as a time to grow and mature. I had no idea about the person I was or who I will be in the future. I completely lost myself, I didn’t have any interests, hobbies, self achievements or future plans. This sent me to a dark place within myself that took me years to get out.
Thankfully I was able to crawl my way out of the hole by realising how much of an impact, helping others, not saying the word “no”, and not being selfish had on my personal well-being.
If you truly want to find your life purpose and passions, being selfish is vital. It’s crucial that you do what you want to do and what feels right in your heart. By achieving this mentality and presenting it to the universe, you will see moments that will make you believe the universe is always listening and watching.
“I promise you that there is no hole too deep, that you can not work hard to get out of” – Lee Copp
“Take the hole from which you crawled out of and place it in front of you, now follow that tunnel to greatness”. – Lee Copp
Align Your Goals With Your Life Purpose and Passions
Like I mentioned before, we are all gifted with a set of talents and interests that tell us what were suppose to be doing. Once you figure out what your life purpose is, make sure to plan your lifestyle around it. Everything you do in your everyday life should be an expression of your purpose. If a goal or activity doesn’t fit that concept, don’t work on it.
When setting professional goals, aligning them with your purpose is more critical than aligning with your personal goals. With your personal goals, you tend to have more flexibility.
If you want to learn how to play an instrument or snowboard go ahead. If your goal is to live a healthier lifestyle through eating right and getting fit then move ahead with confidence. Don’t be the 90% of the population who say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Taking care of yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually will make yourself become more energized, resilient and motivated to live your purpose on the professional front.
But be aware not to ignore the signs that your career or job might not be right for you. An easy way to identify if your job is not right for you, is to ask yourself this: Do you dread Monday mornings and look forward to the weekend? If so it might be time to follow your heart and pursue the work you really want to do.
Gradually Glide Into Your Life Purpose
Once you have gained enough clarity about your life purpose, you don’t need to drastically change your whole life in one day. Instead take time moulding into it, little by little.
Start by living your purpose gradually day by day and stay alert to feedback from others and the universe through how you are feeling and the terms you are producing.
The BREAKTHROUGH To Your Success
If you’ve got big dreams and ambitions. Nows the time to start acting on them while taking your life to a whole new level. If you want to get in touch with me and have a deep conversation about an interesting topic or feel like your stuck and having a chat would be a good idea, then send me an email here. I’ll be happy to have a chat.
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In the meantime try asking yourself these five questions to help you better understand your purpose.
- Are you where you want to be?
- Have you accomplished all you thought you would by now?
- Are you enjoying the lifestyle, travel, weekends and leisure activities you’ve always dreamed of?
- Do you want a more fulfilling career or business?
- Could your relationships be deeper, more rewarding, and more meaningful?
If you arent, this is the time you need to be truly honest with yourself and change every single aspect of your life, career and lifestyle even if it’s outside your comfort zone. Nothing just falls into your lap, you need to work hard to reach your goals. This is the vital moment you decide on whether to be the 10% of people who know what needs to be done and DO IT! Or be the other 90% of people who make excuses and don’t get anything done. STARTING NOW! I want you to change for the best, I believe with the right tools, anyone can develop a powerful mindset for success, and discover their greatest life purpose. It just takes hard work.
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