What is my purpose? That question is on the tips of many tongues these days.
While a lucky few are born with a clear knowledge of their purpose—like the rare child prodigy—many of us are faced with the challenge of “doing the work” to uncover the sense of passion and purpose that lead to a fulfilling and rewarding life that we love living.
Fortunately, there are many experts in the field of personal development that have paved the way by creating exercises and processes that make finding life purpose less daunting. Here are five of my favorites:
1. Jack Kanfield’s Exercise
Jack Kanfield, award-winning speaker, internationally-recognized personal development leader, and author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series asserts that goals and action plans cannot ultimately fulfill us without finding life purpose to serve as a guiding compass. In the article, How to Discover Your True Life Purpose, he offers this exercise to help us uncover our passion and purpose in as little as 10 minutes by answering three questions:
“What are two qualities I most love expressing in life?”
“What are two ways I most love expressing those qualities?”
“What would the world like if it were perfect right now, according to me?”
Once you’ve thoughtfully written your answers to these three questions, Kanfield suggests combining them all into a single statement. This statement is your life passion and purpose.
Finally, once you're successful at finding life purpose, he suggests you take a moment to reflect on your life and rate, on a scale from 1 to 10, how fully you are living your passion and purpose. If your rating is less than 10, ask yourself what changes you can make to live in closer alignment with your true purpose.
2. Mark Mason’s Strange Question
Mark Manson is a personal development blogger, entrepreneur, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.
In Manson’s article 7 Strange Questions that Help You Find Your Life Purpose, he offers a series of questions to help us reflect on what is important to us and how we can add more meaning to our lives.
What appeared to be a video game hobby, seemed to be about learning and growthOne of the questions that Manson suggests is, “What makes you forget to eat and poop?” After you consider this question, he recommends that you dig a little deeper. As an example, Manson explains that he used to become so involved in video games that he would forget to eat and poop. But, ultimately, it was not video games that were his passion. It was the drive for improvement—practicing something and getting better and better.
Consider activities that you get lost in, then think about why? Strive for answers, it’s possible that therein lies your life passion and purpose.
3. Steve Pavlina’s Process
Steve Pavlina is an entrepreneur, self-help coach, and author of Personal Development for Smart People. In his article...read more.