What’s your life purpose?

Do you wake up in the morning and wonder, ‘what is the point’?  You work a job you don’t like, you wake up way too early, and you keep asking yourself the question: Is it Friday yet?

You know that you are meant to something great.  You know there is more to life than this stinking job.  You just don’t know what it is or how to get it.

If only you knew what your purpose was, you’d be a happy camper.

Many people confuse their purpose in life with a job or career.  We look for a role to fit comfortably in, identify with that role, and believe that role is our purpose.

It is not.

My purpose isn’t to write articles all day long every day.  My purpose isn’t to serve coffee, sell clothes, park cars, answer phones, push papers, type or trade commodities.

Purpose is not a role you play, a company you work for or something you do.  Purpose is not your passion or a goal to attain.

So, if that’s not purpose, then what is?

Purpose is the drive behind what you do; it is the ‘why’ of your existence. Purpose is what you stand for.

How do you find what that drive is?

Take out a piece of paper or create new word document and write a list of what is most important to you.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?  What gives your life meaning? What makes you smile? What causes you to love or give more?  What causes you to connect with other people? Why do you want to live this life?

Think of purpose like the breath that gives you life.  The purpose of breathing is to keep you alive (for starters). How do you keep yourself alive?  By breathing.

After you find your purpose, you then want to decide in what way you’re going to express that purpose.  This is your mission: what you’re going to do and for whom you’re going to do it for.

Example: Starbucks.  Their purpose is to inspire and nurture the human spirit.  How they are going to do that is one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

Deciding what kind of job you are going to do (mission) and why you’re doing what you do (purpose) will really help direct you toward finding a job that is meaningful for you.  It will be easier to reach those goals you have for yourself.

What is your purpose?  Share your thoughts, ideas and life examples in the comment section. Look to the left and up.  Click on ‘Leave a Comment’.

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