3 Steps To Discovering Your True Life Purpose

Oct 16, 2022

Determining what our purpose is in life can be one of the hardest and most frustrating 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! Before we get going though it’s really crucial to understand that truly, our life purpose is never really something to be found, more something that is felt to the very core of our being. But let’s give you something tangible to explore…

There are three steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your 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 says that

“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 unconscious mind. Once the unconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life and bring them into your reality. 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.

 

Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety but can also confuse the unconscious mind about what you truly desire. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and values. So many of us let others make choices for us or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is by listening to what your heart says. Feeling into simply, what feels good and what doesn’t and learning to trust your gut instincts.

So, start this process by making a list of things which interest you; things which you have always enjoyed, which make you feel better, and which inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something 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 to others?

Whatever it is that interests you, write it down and answer these questions:

  1. What thing do you love to do?
  2. What is it that you love in this thing and why?
  3. How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it? (a great activity is to research others and how they are already making money from doing it. See this not as competition but as fuel and inspiration to realise what is possible for you).

Note: If you find this difficult at first, know that it’s completely ok. Be patient with yourself. Take a walk, a bath with candles, meditate and allow yourself time and space to feel into this with ease and flow.

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 to 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 undoubtedly start to feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life as a whole. If you realise that you love being in nature, incorporate this into your day, or even plan a holiday embracing this. Maybe simply a day trip 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. The important thing is to keep coming back to the feeling. How do you want to feel and how can you create yourself (choices) with all of those opportunities to feel that way.

So there you have it! By following along with the steps outlined above, you will be on your way to feeling 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.

We have provided a beautiful Higher Self Meditation below to support you in connecting to your higher self, activating your intuition and aligning with the life that is meant for you.

With Love & Glow xxx

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