9 Life Purpose Tips to Help You Find Your Passion!
1. Explore the Things You Love To Do & What Comes Easy to You
We are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that we have to discover. Your purpose is not something you need to make up; it’s already there. You have to uncover it in order to create the life you want. You may ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” You can begin to discover your passion or your purpose by exploring two things:
1.What do you love to do?
2.What comes easily to you?
Of course, it takes work to develop your talents- even the most gifted musician still has to practice-but it should feel natural, like rowing downstream rather than upstream. I love to write, to motivate, to facilitate, to promote, and to network with a wide variety of businesses and platforms. I love to bring other leaders together and to co-create new approaches to our work!
2. Ask Yourself What Qualities You Enjoy Expressing the Most in the World
First, ask yourself, What are two qualities I most enjoy expressing in the world? Mine are Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
Second, ask yourself, What are two ways I most enjoy expressing these qualities? Mine are inspiring and empowering people.
I inspire people by expressing the same excitement and passion with my own endeavors that others have about their dreams.
3. Create a Life Purpose Statement
Take a few moments and write a description of what the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you. In my perfect world, everybody is living their highest vision where they are doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three into one statement, and you will have a clear idea of your purpose.
Mine is “Inspiring and empowering people to support others with the same quality of passion in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.”
4. Follow Your Inner Guidance (What Is Your Heart Telling You?)
What if I told you that you have your own guidance system within YOU that can help you get from where you are in life to where you want to go?
All you have to do is decide Where You Want to Go by clarifying your vision, then lock in your destination through goal setting, affirmations, and visualization. Then start taking the actions that will move you in the right direction.With every picture you visualize, you’re “inputting” the destination you want to get to.Every time you express a preference for something, you are expressing an intention. Once you clarify and then stay focused on your vision (you can do this with a vision board or meditation), the exact steps will keep appearing along the way in the form of internal guidance, creating ideas, and new opportunities.
5. Be Clear About Your Life Purpose
Once you are clear about what you want and keep your mind constantly focused on it, the how will keep showing up—sometimes just when you need it and not a moment earlier.
You were born with an inner guidance that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go.
Take some time to think honestly and openly about where you currently are in your life and what you want to do with your life.
6. Conduct a Passion Test
(Developed by Chris and Janet Attwood, https://thepassiontest.com/)
The Passion Test is a simple, yet elegant, process. You start by filling in the blank 15 times for the following statement: “When my life is ideal, I am ___.” The word(s) you choose to fill in the blank must be a verb.
When I completed the process, my statements looked like this:
My life is ideal when I’m motivating others.
My life is ideal when I’m engaging with unique and creative minds.
My life is ideal when I’m helping my community fulfill their purpose.
My life is ideal when I’m apart of an inspiring leaders network.
My life is ideal when I’m creating a source with those who share similar aspirations.
Once you’ve created 15 statements, you identify the top 5 choices. To do this, you compare statements #1 and #2 to identify which is most important. Take the winner of that comparison and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #3.
Then take the winner of that comparison, and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #4, and so on until you’ve identified the passion that is most meaningful to you.
Repeat the process with the remaining 14 statements to identify your second choice. Then repeat the process until you’ve pinpointed your top 5 passions in life.
Next, create markers for each of your top five passions, so that you can look at your life and easily tell whether you are living that passion. Once you know what your passions are and how your life will look when you are living it, you can create action plans to turn your dreams into reality.
7. Think About The Times You’ve Experienced the Greatest Joy In Your Life
Another technique you can use to help you identify your purpose is to conduct a joy review. Simply set aside about 30 minutes and make a list of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life. Then look for a pattern among all these times.
In my case, it was when I was motivating, inspiring, and empowering people to go for their dreams and to have more love, joy, and abundance in their lives. Since we know that joy is part of your internal guidance system telling you when you are on course, you can determine a lot about your life purpose from completing this joy review.
8. Align Your Goals With Your Life Purpose and Passions
We’re all gifted with a set of talents and interests that tell us what we’re supposed to be doing. Once you know what your life purpose is, organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity or goal doesn’t fit that formula, don’t work on it. Aligning with your purpose is most critical when setting professional goals. When it comes to personal goals, you have more flexibility. If you want to learn how to paint or water ski, go ahead and do so. If your goal is to get fit and lose weight, move ahead with confidence. Nurturing yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually will make you more energized, resilient and motivated to live your purpose on the professional front. However, don’t ignore the signs that your job or career is not right for you. If you dread Monday mornings and live for the weekends, it may be a sign that it’s time to follow your heart and pursue the work you long to do!
9.Lean Into Your True Life Purpose
Once you have gained more clarity about your purpose, you don’t need to completely overhaul your life completely all at once. Instead, just lean into it, bit by bit. Start living your purpose a little more fully every day and pay attention to the feedback you’re receiving from others and in terms of the results you are producing, and also to how you are feeling.