Let's imagine for a moment that you already have discovered your grand purpose in life. Regardless of what timeline you may be on... can you picture how wonderful life would be if you are living it with passion and purpose?
Can you see yourself waking up each morning eager to face the new day? You're filled with passion, zest, and energy to make a positive difference in this world with your gifts, talents, skills, knowledge, and abilities, right?
"People who live their life's purpose pursue their dreams with fervor, put their heart into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference. " - Frank Sonneberg
Made You Smile Back is pleased to present this enlightening article about how you can discover and find your life's purpose. For some of you, you may already be living your life's purpose, but did you know that life can pivot us around and we end up easily having multiple grand life purposes throughout our lifetime?
We shall explore the various meanings and nuances concerning exactly what finding your life's purpose actually is composed of. We shall also examine how it is so important to find your purpose in life and provide several life purpose examples so you can see the bigger picture.
Finally, Made You Smile Back will show you how you can double your happiness with 5 simple ways to find your own unique and personal 'Grand Purpose in Life'.
The search for happiness and our life's purpose is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. But how do you achieve it?
In researching to find out the exact meaning of this often-used cliche, this is what I discovered:
According to Jayne Stevenson, author of the blog article, 'Here's Why You Keep On Resisting Your Life Purpose' in which she discusses how one can get 'crystal clarity about passion and purpose', she summarizes it as:
"Who you believe you are, how you relate to others, and how you engage with the world around you is directly aligned with your purpose." -- Jayne Stevenson
No matter what religion or culture or part of the world you come from, it is a universal fact and belief that every person on the planet has a life purpose.
In France, they call it, Raison d’être, which literally means the most important reason or the purpose for someone or something's existence or “reason for being”.
In Hindu cultures, Dharma is known as the “right way of living” and “path of rightness’. It is the conventional explanation of life purpose. Going further, Dharma is the regulator of change and the principle which remains constant while change occurs; but dharma itself does not change.
The Japanese call it Ikigai, “our reason for living; meaning for life; what makes life worth living”. Ikigai is all about finding joy in life through purpose. In other words, your ikigai is what gets you up every morning and keeps you going.
And for those of us who associate themselves being devout believers of one of the three Abrahamic Religions (Judiasm, Christianity and Islam), our religious belief plays a vital role of how we feel our life's purpose is directed. The relationship with God/Allah is interweaved into what our 'divine purpose/intention' in life is in regards to using the 'talents' or 'gifts' provided to us by God/Allah and using these determined strengths in helping others during our lifetime and how we treat our family, friends and strangers.
Today, we use the terms passion, purpose and life purpose interchangeably. Advice to live your passion, purpose or life purpose is pitched at you by friends, authors, celebrities, and meme makers.
The popular meaning is that passion, purpose and life purpose are emotionally based. The popular advice is that your most powerful emotions should be the guiding star that manifests your clear path forward. But is it?
Let's pause for a moment and let's get clearer on how you can easily find your life's purpose in this inspirational and motivating YouTube Video:
Life Purpose Examples
To help our journey in determining what our own life purpose may take the form of, let's look at some thought-provoking examples to see if any resonates with you. After all, as this video said, "your life purpose isn't determined by your 'brain', it is determined by your 'heart'".
Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purpose.
- Do you live by your beliefs and values? Core beliefs and values influence our decisions, shape our day-to-day actions, and determine our short- and long-term priorities. You are known for a person of high integrity and have earned the trust and respect of others. You live with a clear conscience and end up spending more time listening to your inner voice than being influenced by others.
- Do you feel content? Living a life on purpose for you is possessing an inner peace. You're satisfied with what you have and who you are. Many mothers feel this way. Their purpose in life may simply be the best mom and parents to their children.
- Do you set priorities? People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. As Annie Dillard, the author, once said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
- Are you one to follow your passion? Earlier we spoke of those who live with passion where it is a delight just to wake up every morning and begin each day pursuing your goals and dreams intentionally. Like James Dean, the actor, once said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”
- Do you know how to achieve balance? Are you one of those people who put your heart and soul into your chosen career and who easily builds relationships with friends and family? To achieve balance in your life, these people have mastered the art of understanding the importance of setting aside time to satisfy both their personal needs as well. Achieving balance means living up to one’s potential in all facets of life
- Do you see yourself making a difference in the world? Or perhaps making a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. You do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction in witnessing the success of others as well as your own.
- Do you live in the moment? People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score.
Why is it Important to Find Your Purpose in Life?
Why is it so important to find our purpose in life? Well, I don't know about you, but for me, I don't want to be a bystander at the sidelines watching everybody have a satisfying and fulfilling life while I just 'exist day to day'! Do you? What joy is that? We all want to achieve happiness and fulfillment in our lives. It's built-in our DNA to have meaning in our lives and stand for something, right?
"If we live an unconscious life, without purpose, life then just happens to us." -- Dr. Kate Siner
Did you know that when you are living a life on purpose, it can truly be life transformational? Here are seven compelling reasons to make the effort and do your own self-journey into determining your 'Grand Purpose in Life'.
- It gives meaning to your life. Finding your life purpose creates a sense of meaning in your life. You know what you love to do, what you are good at, and how you can contribute to the world.
- It provides a sense of place. Finding a sense of meaning to life gives you a sense of place. When you have found your purpose, it is easier to know where you belong.
- It provides a greater ability in making choices. When you know your life purpose you are more easily able to exercise choice in each moment of your life. You know better whether a situation or person really fits in your life because you know why you are here and what you want to do.
- It provides a sense of 'self'. Knowing your life purpose gives you a clearer sense of who you are. By connecting to your sense of purpose, it provides a clear 'destination' of where it is you're ultimately trying to achieve.
- It provides the ability to 'live with ease'. It comes to no surprise would it, that knowing your purpose makes life easier. You know what to pay attention to and what is less important. You spend less time and energy caught up on the things that don’t really matter or have value in your life.
- It helps you in becoming 'self-confident'. When you know your life purpose you are more confident. You know you are here for a reason and that your contribution counts. You KNOW we ALL have a purpose, whether we have found it yet or not.
- It allows you to make an impact or a difference in the world around you. Knowing your purpose allows you to have a much greater impact on the world. Find your purpose and help contribute to a better world.
Simple 3 Steps in Finding Your Life Purpose
Per Simon T. Bailey's article he wrote in Success Magazine October 8, 2018, 'What is My Purpose in Life', to help illuminate your path as you seek your purpose, he offers this 3-step exercise he describes in his book, Release Your Brilliance, to help you discover your purpose and then design your life around it:
Ask yourself, How can I use my purpose to make a difference?—and your subconscious mind will open to the universe and its possibilities.
Actively look for answers to how you can use your purpose each day. Look for the path that you’re supposed to take. Do your research. Understand that you may have to follow a lot of rabbit trails, some of which will take you to dead ends. That’s OK; it’s all part of the process.
And keep knocking. Every single day take one small step that moves you in the direction of your purpose. Write down your goal, then break it down into smaller goals, and then even further into small, actionable steps. I promise you, these will add up quickly.
Additional 5 Lifechanging Steps to Find Your Life's Grand Purpose and Double Your Happiness!
So, are you still having trouble determining what your own personal life's grand purpose is? Made You Smile Back is not going to let you leave this blog without giving you the tools you need in order to find YOUR Life's Grand Purpose.
Allow me to put some practicality in your search. I promise you, if you follow these five steps purposely and consciously every single day for a minimum of 21 consecutive days, I guarantee you will wake up in the not too distant future and find yourself with a serendipity 'new feeling of life' eager to face the new day.
You shall be filled with passion, zest, and energy to make a positive difference in this world with your gifts, talents, skills, knowledge and abilities, right? And most importantly, you will experience a level of happiness you've never felt before and begin to REALLY live your life with intention and purpose each day.
- Start a Journal: Do a life audit and record your findings. Find out what you are dissatisfied with and what brings you joy. It's important to record what you are feeling doing particular activities. Decide what you want to stop doing and what would you like to pursue.
- Dream Big: Keep on writing in this journal... do some major brainstorming sessions and write what comes to your 'heart'! Ask yourself, 'if this was your last month on earth what would you like to spend your time doing'? Or who with? (You get the picture, right!)
- Create a Vision Board: A vision board helps you narrow down your desires through the power of choice. This tool helps you invest the time and energy to visualize your future and consistently reminds you of your life goals. (For further info, please check out this blog on FamilyGrowthLife.) Also try to incorporate a list of SMART goals as well within your vision board. (For further info, please check out this blog as well at FamilyGrowthLife.)
- Write your Life Purpose Statement: Put down in words the true work you are here to do: the cause you will pursue, the problem you will devote your life to fixing. It states the highest, purest, aim of your life. And once you have finished writing this out, write it prominently in your journal and why not print it out on colorful paper and post it on your mirror in your bathroom to read every-single-day!
- Live in Joy and Happiness: Jack Canfield says you should do a 'Joy Review'! What makes you joyful? Go back to those life experiences and recall what you were doing at that time to experience that joy! And while you're at it, do a 'Happiness Review'!
Now go out there and live your Life's Grand Purpose. And once you do, you will experience a level of happiness you will never allow to leave you again! Live again! Love Life!
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