4 Powerful Steps To Help You Uncover Your Life Purpose Today
Are you in your dream job, living your dream life?
And by dream, I mean one that satisfies your soul and makes your heart sing. Or, do you find yourself coming home from work at the end of a long day, emotionally exhausted and a little stressed, wishing you were doing something else? Thinking ‘There has to be more. Surely this isn’t what I am destined to do for the next 30 years’. Is it? Only you know the answer to that question.
So many women I speak with are dissatisfied in their jobs and lives and know they want a change, but feel like they don’t know what it is that they really want. And that is where your purpose comes in – what is your life purpose? Big question, right?
Some people know exactly what their purpose is, and they always have. Whether it is to help people through nursing, or teach people through education. Maybe it is to share their natural gift and heal others through their music by singing, or look after the earth we walk upon by being a conservationist. They just know!
Others feel like they have no idea – but do they? Of course they do! Of course you do! You have all the answers you need within you, sometimes it just takes a little longer to find the answers we want when we don’t know where to start.
I spent a good part of my teens and 20’s trying to find my life purpose, without even thinking of it as ‘my life purpose’.
I was looking for job satisfaction, the thing that made me want to jump out of bed each morning. I was looking for something that satisfied my soul and made my heart sing. I turned to teachers, mentors, my parents, higher learning and guidance counsellors looking for someone to tell me what it is I should be doing with my life. I dipped my toes in many different industries – childcare, the corporate world, disability services, retail, the list goes on.
I even entertained a few small business ideas with no satisfaction. I learnt a lot of things about a lot of things, yet still I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Why? Because I didn’t need to go and find what I was looking for, or try and get someone to tell me, I already knew – I just needed to uncover it.
So how does one uncover their life purpose when they feel like they have no idea what it could be?
By looking within, much like we need to for any answer or major life decision!
It is important to recognize that there are also many things that can cloud our judgement or sway our answers when trying to uncover something so important. Things like fear (hello self-sabotage), toxic relationships, expectations and stories we have been told and/or continue to tell ourselves.
However, there are some powerful steps you can take to uncover the answers you are looking for.
Here are four steps to uncover your life purpose:
1. Release all expectations
Forget what it is you ‘think’ you should do, or what you think your family and friends, or even society, ‘expect’ you to do. You are the only one who gets to live your life. Forget the idea that your life purpose is only one thing too! Maybe your life purpose will play out in multiple ways. What you feel you are here to do/enjoy right now, may change in 5 or 10 years time – and that is okay! Release any expectations you have around what your life purpose should look like.
2. Be still
Ya’ll know I am an advocate of meditating in order to quieten your head noise and listen to your heart instead. When we are still, we can truly connect to our inner selves and ask the deep questions which we can then in turn answer. Remember, you already have all the answers you need within you.
3. Say yes to experiences
What if your life purpose involved sharing a certain technique that you learnt at a workshop, but had you not gone to that workshop and experienced it yourself, you never would have known? Or if your life purpose was to start a foundation to assist those in need, yet had you of said no to your holiday because you were too busy at work, you never would have met the very people that you were put here to help?
My point is, the more you say yes and experience things outside your ‘normal’ or your comfort zone, the more you will open your eyes (and heart) to what is really needed in this life.
4. Write it out
Grab a pen and paper. Draw three boxes. What lights you up? What are you great at? What have you learnt? Passions, talents and skills – when you can line up all three you have a beautiful recipe for living your life purpose. Most people start with passion – it is the easy part! Passion arises from our inner desires and is something that can’t be mistaken.
You might have one really big one, or multiple that all mean a lot to you. Passion is the root of your purpose! Alongside that passion, you need some skills. Skill are things you can learn/earn. Something that someone can teach you or you can practice to get better and better.
And lastly what are your talents? Talents are something you naturally have and can often share or use in conjunction with your skills and passion to create something magic!
It has taken me many years of searching and asking (the wrong people) to find my life purpose, and it was only when I did these four things that I started to uncover the answers within – they were right there the whole time…What is your life purpose?