Have you ever wondered what your reason is for getting up every day?
Some of us go years searching for our “why”—the real purpose of our existence. Whereas some successfully identify their purpose and live it every day.
Perhaps you are currently in the search of your own life’s purpose and that is why you are here?
But before we dive into how you can find it, let me ask you first…. Do you know why it is important to know what your life purpose is?
The Importance of Knowing Your “Why”
YOU WILL START TO LIVE WITH INTENTION
When you understand your “why” (or your purpose) you will become more capable of pursuing the things that give you fulfilment. It will start to serve as your point of reference for all your actions and decisions.
You know I am a big fan on decluttering our lives, but we NEED to declutter with thought and full intention. Eliminate the things that don’t serve our purpose and keep and nurture those that do.
YOU DEVELOP ALL IMPORTANT CLARITY
Without knowing your purpose, you will be unclear about what you want out of life, and become prone to wasting your time, procrastinating and even filling your life with random stuff to do. This can often lead you to feel confused and often overwhelmed, as well as feeling as though you are never accomplishing anything in life – sound familiar?
Purpose provides a clearer vision for your future and therefore how you should be spending your time and focus. Ultimately it makes it easier to focus on what truly matters.
YOU REIGNITE YOUR PASSION
People who have a sense of purpose are often seen as being unstoppable. They are capable of shaping their lives in the ways they want. When you become laser-focused on your goals, you will have no question about what you are getting up each and every day to accomplish and become deeply committed.
YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS IMPROVES
Numerous studies have shown that having a purpose in life leads to longer lifespans in older adults. This may be because when you are living with a purpose, you adopt a prospective focus, which causes everyday stressors to become less influential and have a smaller impact on your overall well-being.
YOUR RESILIENCE IS HEIGHTENED
People who have a deeper sense of purpose in life are better at letting go of anything that does not belong or that goes wrong in their life. If it is irrelevant to your core values, then it can leave. Life’s common hardships become important lessons rather than huge setbacks and you are able to bounce back quickly from adversity.
YOU CAN LIVE WITH INTEGRITY
Those who know their purpose in life understand who they are and what they are here for. When this is the case, a person doesn’t have to put on a façade. Instead, their passion is genuine and they are able to show up as their true selves.
Now that you know the importance of finding your why, let’s look at how you can actually find it! So, grab a journal and start making notes.
4 Questions To Find Your Life Purpose
1. What are your core values?
What are the core values that make you tick? Think higher order here, so things like acceptance, giving, gratitude etc. Pick top 3 and write those down. See some examples here.
2. What do you love? What are you passionate about?
Ask yourself questions such as…..
“If money was no object what would I be doing?”
“If I had to speak publicly about a topic, what topic would that be?”
“What activities do I do that make me forget about time?” (anything that drains you of energy is not your purpose!)
“What did I used to love to do when I was a child?” We have a tendency to lose touch with the things that we loved as children. As we grow older societal pressures take certain passions away from us and often leaves us disconnected from doing the things that we truly love.
“If I only had 1 year left to live, what would I be doing?” Death can really get us to focus on what is truly important to us. Think about how you want to be remembered!
3. What is your mission?
Identify what things you can do to make others people life better? Are there any volunteer or charity organisations that align to your values? Is there something your community needs from you?
The feeling of making a difference in the world or in someone else’s life is ultimately the most important thing for your own joy and fulfilment—and can be aligned to your purpose – even better!
4. What do people come to you for help with?
Is it a specific talent that you have? Are you a sounding board for your friends’ concerns? What do people thank you for? You may not be able to see your strengths like others do because they come naturally to you. Look for common themes in reasons behind why people reach out to you in times of need. If you don’t know, why not ask your friends what they love about you?
Sitting down with a cup of tea and journaling through these questions should really start to pull out some big insights for you as to your personal values and your purpose.
Once you know what your purpose is, you are able to identify what needs to stay, what needs to go and what you focus your very valuable time, space and energy on. It makes it so much easier to apply intentionality into all areas of your life!
Your own purpose will point the way to your success. Whatever that looks like for you.
Let me know what you find!
Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, an Intentional Lifestyle Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion in helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity and authenticity!