Defining Purpose: 5 Tips for
Finding Your Life's Path
Up to 66% of all employees have low levels of engagement while at work. While some of these people are miserable at their job, most just feel bored or unfulfilled. Does this sound like you?
Maybe you don't hate your job, but you aren't excited about your life's path right now. It's not like you know what else you should do.
It doesn't have to be this way.
You can take control of your situation and do something that actively engages you. It's never too late to change your trajectory.
What if you don't know what you want? Or you have no idea where to start? Keep reading and we'll tell you everything you need to know.
1. Get to Know Yourself
Take some time to get to know yourself through journaling or meditation. It's often stressful to think about your life's purpose, so create a relaxing environment before you start.
For these reflective exercises, you should focus on two questions:
- What do you love to do?
- What comes easily to you?
Skills need to be developed, so don't worry if you aren't an expert at things that come easily to you. The important thing is that it feels natural to you and you enjoy doing it.
Additionally, what emotions or qualities do you enjoy expressing?
Brainstorm a list of all the times where you felt happy. These experiences can be from your professional or personal life.
Then, find a common thread between these moments. Perhaps you were helping others in every instance, or perhaps you were using creative problem-solving.
Don't be afraid to dream big or want things that you think are lofty or unrealistic. In this stage of creating your life's path, nothing is off the table.
2. Shake Up Your Routine
One way to follow your own path is to deviate from the one you are on now. Get out of your comfort zone and see how you respond.
Start small by taking a different route to work. Switching things forces your brain to make new connections and make decisions.
You can also try a restaurant you wouldn't normally, or have a friend pick out an outfit for you. Anything that makes you do something differently is a great way to learn new things about yourself.
It's easy to make assumptions about what you like and dislike, but you want to make sure that you have the experience to support these preferences. You may discover that you like something you always thought you'd hate.
It's okay to be hesitant. Making your own will can be scary, but sometimes facing your fears is crucial for finding who you are meant to be.
3. Determine Your Non-Negotiables
Trying new experiences and reflecting upon your life's path is crucial to determine things you can't live without.
This exercise shows you what is truly important to you, but it also shows you that there are many things in your life that you can live without. Maybe you don't need a high-paying job as long as it's fulfilling work. You may prioritize having a family or going on adventures.
Additionally, you should find a connection to something that is greater than yourself. It could be religion, the universe, karma, or even an ideal like hope or kindness.
Placing importance on something outside of yourself is a great way to feel grounded in your quest for self-purpose.
4. Follow Your Intuition... and Ask For Help
Your gut knows more than you give it credit for. Sometimes, you just have a feeling that something is right or wrong.
If you don't know what your gut is trying to tell you, that's okay. It can take time to know yourself well enough to make your own path.
You can reach out to close friends and family members and include them in your journey of discovering your life's path. They know you well and want what's best from you, and they may be able to give you great advice.
You can also see a life coach, a therapist, or even one of these psychics.
While friends and family are great resources, they are very close to the situation. Seeking advice from outsiders can give you a fresh, unbiased opinion.
No matter what, you should have a safety net. This could look like a network of trusted individuals or loved ones that have your back.
A safety net could also be financial security. Especially if you're going to change careers or move to a new city, having a savings account will make your transition easier.
5. Create Goals for Your Life's Path
Once you have you've discovered your self-purpose, it's time to make your own path. Clearly determine your starting point and ending point. Then, you need to create goals to guide your journey.
Your goals should be specific and results-based. If your goals are too vague, you won't know when you've accomplished them.
Also, create a rough timeline of when you want to achieve a goal. Tell your support network about your goal and when you'll complete it. Doing so keeps you accountable.
Additionally, take time every day to say affirmations and to visualize your end goal. You could also create a vision board to hang in a spot that you pass every day, or tell your loved ones about your goals.
The more you put your dreams into the world, the more likely you are to accomplish them.
Pursue Your Passion
Through reflection and concise goal-setting, you will be well along your life's path in no time.
Remember, shifting the trajectory of your life is a process. Change your life one day at a time. You will arrive at your destination before you know it.