Determining what our purpose is in life can be one of the hardest questions that we as humans
must try to answer. In this article we will be going through a step by step process, exploring your
feelings and options, and by the end, you should have a fairly solid tool you can immediately
employ in your life to help give it a meaningful direction!
There are three steps to the process of discovering your purpose in life:
1. Understanding the principle of choice
2. Creating your “underlying principle”
3. Aligning your life with this underlying principle
Understanding The Principle of Choice
Norman Vincent Peale has this to say about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made”.
“Choosing” is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are
proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind gets to know
your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in
your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you
should not accomplish them.
creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature? Do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s lives? Whatever it is that interests you, write it down and answer these questions:
🗲 What thing do you love to do?
🗲 What is it that you love about this thing and why?
🗲 How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it?
Creating Your Underlying Principle
The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring theme.
Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you.
Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now,
write down your Mission Statement.
Aligning Your LIFE With Your Underlying Principle
The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose and begin
implementing changes that help to align your daily life with your underlying purpose. By making these little changes in your lifestyle, you will start to be able to begin living this principle out each and every day. It might take a few days, but by becoming aware and intentional of this underlying principle of your life, you will certainly start to feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life as a whole. If you realize that you love being amidst nature, plan out your holiday. Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup your energy. If you discover that you enjoy helping those in need, start to look for opportunities to volunteer in your community.
On the other hand, you might even want to change your job or start a new business that is
more in line with your mission.
So there you have it! By following along with the steps outlined above, you will be on your way to
finding and living out your purpose. And, as you go through this process, just remember, “You
were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it
courageously.” - Steve Maraboli
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Limor Smits is a Spiritual Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Workshops Faciliator.
She is the Founder and CEO of The Lounge - Center For Personal Development & Growth and is empowering women all over the world. (Soon online)