How to Discover your Life Purpose and how to Benefit from this Discovery
So what is it that takes you from a life of drudgery to a life of fulfillment? Have you ever noticed that there are two types of people in the world;
1) the first kind seem to go to a job they do not like in order to pay their bills and/or in order to satisfy some kind of social requirement. These people tend to have low energy and they tend to feel that their lives are an endless repetitive cycle. The lucky ones use their families or some external activities to try and find meaning and passion, but for the most part many of these people feel like slaves to the system.
2) the second kind of people always seem to be full of energy and excitement. They work very hard but the job that they have is easy. It is easy because they’re doing something that they want to do and they are therefore willing to give it 100% all the time and every day. These folks oftentimes work even harder than the folks mentioned above but they always seem so full of energy and so happy about their own lives and what they are doing with it.
What kind of person do you want to be?
If you want to be the type 2 person, you need to discover your life’s purpose. Discovering your life’s purpose can be and infinitely rewarding experience, both in discovering what this purpose is and pursuing this purpose once you have discovered it.
If you think that you are the type 1 person then you need to begin by asking yourself; who’s purpose am I on? If you are going to a job or participating in a life that you do not enjoy then it is most likely the case that you are not following your life’s purpose but that you are helping someone else follow his/hers. This is not a bad thing fundamentally and it is sometimes your life’s purpose to help another person fulfill their dream, but you must realize that if this is actually your life purpose then you would be extremely happy and fulfilled in your current situation. Since you are reading this article, I would imagine that this is not the case. You must ask yourself therefore; why are you helping someone fulfill their life purpose while you are not discovering and pursuing what would fulfill you?
Perhaps my friend it is time that you change what you are doing. If you are unhappy and you feel that you are wasting your time or that you are doing some kind of repetitive work that is draining you slowly every day, you need to change what you are doing right now. This change must come first and foremost through personal realization and then through personal discovery.
There are times also when a life mission is chosen for you. Did you choose the life that you are living now? Often times there are responsibilities placed before us and it seems that it is impossible for us to refuse them. Sometimes a person inherits a profession that they do not basically enjoy but feel obligated to pursue this career because of responsibilities. Other times people feel that they must pursue a certain line of work or action because this is the only way to provide for those that they love.
If you find yourself in a miserable life situation for either of these reasons, understand that you can change now by ‘first realizing that you are pursuing something that you do not want to do and then discovering what your true life purpose is’.
Never fail to make the right choice for yourself. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations we do not like because we failed to make the right choice at the right time. It is never too late to change and that choice to change your life is always present in the moment. The choice is yours to pursue or not pursue that which would fulfill your being. It is all right if you find yourself in a purposeless life because you did not know that the choice was yours; BUT you now know that the choice is yours and that the ability to choose your own life direction is always there waiting for you.
Begin to make this positive change now by asking yourself:
- What is it that is really important to me in my life?
- What is really important to me in my work?
- What is really important to me in my relationships?
- What would I fight or even give up my life for?
By answering these questions you will realize what is truly important to you. By finding out what is important you find out what your values are and ultimately what’s your life purpose is. Answer the above questions honestly no matter what the answer is. Sometimes we realize that these questions are truly important in order to develop a fulfilling life but we fear answering them because we believe that the answers will show us that we are selfish or unspiritual.
It takes a strong and brave heart to find out who you really are. This strength will help you not only in discovering who you truly are and what you need to do in your life but it will also help you to develop the strength of will to pursue this life that will satisfy you. Do not let others or the world around you be your judge; personal fulfillment is about realizing the self and contrary to popular opinion this ‘self realization’ can only benefit the people around you.
The key to having a life of happiness and fulfillment is to have purpose and the only way to find out what your purpose is, is to find out what you want to do. It’s really that simple to say but it can be something quite difficult to do. Take a sheet of paper and answer the questions above. After you have answered these questions ask yourself; what do I want to do?
Be honest! Be strong and for a little while forget about the rest of the world and all of the responsibilities you believe you have. Discover yourself and your true desires, do not edit anything just right in free flow so that you can let your emotions out naturally and use them as guides discover what your true purpose should be.
Once you have all this material on paper, study it and examine what it is telling you. In order to have a fulfilling life try to figure out how achieving your purpose can serve others. You might realize for example that what you really want is just to live by some warm beach and contemplate life. At first glance this might not seem like something that is very related to helping others but if you are a little creative, you will discover that there are many ways that you can do what you love and help others as well:
You could work at some coffee shop by the beach, helping others by providing good service. If you have the means, you could open up a scooter rental shop by the beach, this would also allow you to spend your time on this warm place that you desire with plenty of time for thought and personal introspection.
Start out small and work your way up; by focusing on the idea of how you can help or serve others doing what you love to do, you will be able to discover ways that you can make money doing your life’s purpose. What starts out as a part-time job by the beach can end up being you starting a meditation retreat for those that feel as you do. Allowing them to have that peace, quiet, and knowledge that you also deeply desire. The difference between a scooter rental place and a meditation retreat is in how much you are wanting to give of yourself; ask yourself what do you want? By doing this you will always be doing something you love and fulfilling yourself in the process.
The steps therefore are as follows:
- Realize that you are or are not happy in your current life situation.
- Discover what your life purpose is by asking yourself what you want to do and what is most important to you in all aspects of your life.
- Look for ways that you can combine your life’s purpose and what you love to do with how you can serve others. In this way you can discover how to make money doing what you love.
There are two types of people in the world. The choice is yours to choose which kind of person you want to be. While it is possible that you were not aware that this choice was yours, after reading this article you should now realize that the choice is always there for you, waiting. Choose to live a life of personal fulfillment and you will never lack energy or happiness; and if you are a little creative, you can also become as wealthy as you want to be.