“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”
What in the world are you doing here? Ever asked yourself that question?
Your life purpose is an incredibly powerful force that will direct your life and determine the legacy you will leave behind you. Find a successful person who is content and fulfilled, and you’ll likely find a life guided by an inspired purpose or mission, and a person who has applied his or her unique talents to a worthy cause.
Knowing your life purpose—what makes you tick, what motivates you, what you are alive on earth to do—is what ignites passion.
What makes YOU tick … and if you don’t know, how can you find out?
Passion inspires initiative and creativity. It’s what builds momentum and creates enthusiasm. It also sustains hope and perseverance in difficult times, and provides a reason (and enthusiasm!) for getting out of bed every morning. However, it’s not always easy to identify what your particular passion is.
Life purposes can be cause-driven (e.g., curing a disease, educating disadvantaged youth, sheltering the homeless, cleaning the planet, protecting our country) or skill-driven (e.g., athletes, artists, mathematicians, designers).
How can you discover your life purpose(s)? Here are eight questions to ask yourself that can help you figure it out:
1. What causes (e.g., global or community needs, people, situations, organizations) am I most passionate about?
2. What problems would I most like to solve?
3. What needs or people tug at my heart?
4. What inspires me the most?
5. What brings me the greatest joy and sense of fulfillment?
6. Whose lives would I most like to emulate and why?
7. What are my special gifts and talents?
8. Where can my skills have the greatest potential impact?
Once you ponder these questions, see if a picture emerges about what inspires and motivates you. Then, as that picture solidifies into an identifiable sense of purpose, calling, and passion, start thinking about how you can live it out. Keep in mind that there may be more than one, and that it may evolve or change over your lifetime.
Whatever you do, don’t set your life purpose on a shelf and forget about it. You are a unique individual with gifts, talents, and perspective only YOU can give to the world. No amount of money, fame, or accomplishment can ever compete with that!
Someday, you’ll want to be able to look back on your life and say, “Mission accomplished!” What’s your mission? Are you living it out with purpose and passion? Please visit us on our website and share your comments; we’d love to hear from you!