The Two Greatest Days in Life are the Day You’re Born & the Day You Find Your Life Purpose. There’s So Much More Meaning in Life Once You Know Your Life Purpose.
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Do you ever have times in life when you feel like there’s ‘something missing’, or that you aren’t completely passionate about the things which you invest the best of your time into? Perhaps you feel like you’d like to make a far greater in the world than what you currently are doing, but you just don’t know where to begin?
Many people journey their way through life, feeling desperate for a deeper sense of purpose and connection, but aren’t sure how to get them. So if any of these statements resonate with you, please rest assured that you aren’t alone!
It has been said that the two most important days we have in life are the day we are born and the day we discover why we were born.
While some people will disagree with this statement (for various religious reasons), most people will agree that when we’re unsure about what our purpose is in life, it can become increasingly more difficult to ‘keep on going’, the further that we progress throughout life.
Personally, I can relate to this all too well. Up until the age of 30, I lived a highly irresponsible lifestyle, living for the moment, pleasure seeking and only committing to relationships with those who I believed I could benefit from in some way. It’s fair to say that I used to be one of the most selfish people that I’d ever encountered in life!
I used to struggle with immense emotional chaos (stress and anxiety) while on the road to discovering my passion and purpose in life. I spent years, travelling the world, going from job to job, doing work I despised, helping rich people get richer, living for the weekend, trying hard to find my purpose and justifying myself to those who I’d chosen to sell my time to.
I worked in jobs I hated, car sales, business development, marketing and even on building sites, I’d spent ten years in the British Army, and have even had the opportunity to visit all seven continents in the world. But yet none of these things fulfilled me, or satisfied me, and none of these pursuits gave me the sense of ‘inner peace’ that I secretly wanted.
I used to envy the ‘rich and famous’, beating myself up for never having done anything significant with my life, I wanted what they had, I wanted to be noticed, and more than anything else, I wanted to feel like my life stood for something.
For years, I desperately strived to discover what my purpose was (or if I even had one), and it wasn’t until I stopped, took a step back from all of my busy-ness, that I realised my purpose wasn’t something I would be able to figure out in my head.
While I had a million and one idea’s about things I could ‘do’ with my life, I didn’t have a vision. Visions are very different from ideas by the way! Over time, it because very apparent, that my biggest problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what life purpose was, but was more to do with the way in which I was ‘trying’ to establish these answers.
Most people try to think their way ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the greatest challenges they face in life. Albert Einstein was very accurate when he suggested, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” So, what I’m saying here is that we can’t ‘think’ our way into our life’s passion or purpose. We need a different approach.
Shortly, I’ll introduce you to a series of fifty questions, which you can use to help you get closer towards living the kind of life that you want, and removing the things in your life that you genuinely don’t want!
At the age of 33, I had a major ‘life changing’ shift in perspective, where I realised that the only thing that could ever make my life make sense, was to become the kind of person for other people that I always had secretly wanted for myself. What I realised that my purpose in life had more to do with ‘being’, than with ‘doing’.
Without going all weird and mystical on you here, I want to help you understand what I mean by this. Becuase before this stage of my life, I had always believed that my life purpose would be a task or mission that would enable me to leave behind a world-changing legacy – and while I still want this, this has never been nor ever will be the extent of my life purpose.
You can’t ‘think’ your way into establishing your life purpose; you can only make sense of those things that you’ve already stepped into it. Take a mental note from Nike and ‘Just Do It’. The more action that we take, the more transparent our life purpose and passions become to us.
Most people commit the best hours of their lives towards making money, getting more stuff and filling their lives with more meaningless materialistic possessions – and if you’re still reading, there’s a good chance that you’ve already discovered how empty, and unsatisfying monetary and materialistic possessions are.
If you think about it, money comes, and money goes. Possessions come, and possessions go. Fashions change, trends change, the weather changes and our priorities change, but the things that always remain a constant are the fundamental needs of human beings.
Your heart is the best compass (or GPS) to access your true purpose and passion in life. Because when you are inspired by what you do, motivated by making a difference in others and are connected in a with other people in a meaningful way, fulfilment, contentment and inner peace become your prize – which are far greater than any financial or materialistic reward.
By doing what you love in life, you will begin to realise how much more energy and passion you have for investing into the things that you do. Also, you’ll start to recognise how much value other people find in you, and how much they also benefit from receiving some of your time.
Time is the most valuable commodity that we each possess, so be sure to treat the time you have with caution – because one our time is spent, it’s spent! You can spend your time making more money, but you cannot spend your time making more time.
So, to find your passion in life, you’ve got to get familiar with yourself. You need to know what drives you, what you’re naturally good at, what you genuinely enjoy, what inspires you, what excites you, what scares you, what you pretend to like but don’t, and what lies you’re telling yourself (or others) about your skills, natural talents, abilities and gifts.
As you become more familiar with yourself, you’ll be able to determine what’s most important in the limited time you have in a day, a year, and even throughout your lifetime. In doing this, you can maximise your time doing more of what you love and less of what you don’t love.
Most of us are too busy reacting to the immediate events of our lives that we don’t take time to examine what’s actually working for us, and what’s not.
If you have a genuine desire about finding your passion and purpose in life, I’ve created an excellent free resource for you which you can access via this link – you’ll benefit from this worksheet the most if you answer the questions as honestly as possible.
If you do, you’ll begin gaining far greater clarity about the immediate steps that you can take today towards a lifestyle (and a career) that you’ll be far more passionate about living.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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