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Finding Your Purpose

Purpose is the long game, not the short-term goal. You never get to the end of it. However, even a strong sense of purpose can wear you down. That’s why, ideally, your purpose blends with what interests you and brings you joy.

The concept is finding the overlap between what you love and the world needs with what you are good at and the world will pay for. You craft your sense of purpose from your passion as well as practical consideration.

You need a sense of purpose to sustain you over time. And even when life feels like a series of compromises, you can still discover and connect to your purpose by exploring what brings you joy and dedicating more time to it.

Why is finding purpose important?
Finding your purpose in life might sound like a nice-to-have, but it’s more important than you may think.
Living a meaningful life contributes to better physical health and mental fitness.It also reduces the risk of chronic disease. Multiple studies have even found that it can help you live longer.

Having a sense of purpose comes from feeling connected to others. Using your gifts in the service of others can help you find your true purpose, while isolation and loneliness can cause you to have an existential crisis.

You will probably find that your purpose changes throughout your life. Continuous growth and progress can help you stay connected to your purpose.

How To Find Purpose In Life:12 Tips

1. Develop a growth mindset:

Having a growth mindset is linked to having a sense of purpose. Constantly growing and becoming a better version of yourself helps you identify your purpose and commit to pursuing it.

A growth mindset also allows you to:

a). Embrace challenges as opportunities
b). Persevere in spite of failure
c). Accept feedback and constructive criticism

2. Create a personal vision statement:
A personal vision statement can help you manage stress and find balance in your life. It also serves as a roadmap that will guide you toward your purpose by identifying your core values and establishing what’s important to you.

A purpose statement makes it easier for you to make decisions aligned to your values and helps you stay motivated as you work toward your personal goals.

3. Give back:
Giving back, or prosociality as it’s known in psychology, can enhance your sense of meaning and purpose in life. This means that when you help others, you also help yourself.

Look for ways to be of service. You might want to volunteer in your local community or donate your money or skills to a cause that resonates with you. Or try spreading a little happiness by performing random acts of kindness.

4. Practice gratitude:
The prosociality study found that focusing on gratitude in addition to acts of altruism strengthened the participants’ sense of purpose.

Another study revealed that gratitude activates the same reward responses in the brain as prosocial behavior.

It also found that cultivating gratitude can make you more generous and lead to acts of kindness, which we now know contributes to finding a sense of purpose.

Practicing gratitude can feel a bit awkward at first. We get so used to our negative thoughts that switching them for positive ones can feel unnatural.

To get started, try writing three to five things you feel grateful for first thing in the morning or at night before you go to sleep.

5. Turn your pain into purpose:
We all face struggles in life. Overcoming these challenges shapes who we become and gives us our unique strengths and perspectives.

Many people ask for help when struggling to overcome a major life change. Some later find their purpose in helping others facing similar struggles to those they have overcome.

Some choose a career working directly with people, such as a life coach or social worker. Others find ways to touch the lives of others through the arts, such as writing, painting, or music. Some become motivational speakers.

How you transform your pain into purpose is up to you.

6. Explore your passions:
Your passions and interests are a good indicator of the area in which your life purpose might lie. But they can be hard to identify. They’re so ingrained in our ways of thinking that we can become blind to them.

If you’re not sure what your passions are, ask the people who know you best. Likely, you’re already pursuing them in some way without even realizing it.

Perhaps you’re an unofficial mentor to young people in your community. If so, that could be your passion.

Another way to find your passion is to think about what you’re good at. Someone who’s great at helping others solve their problems might want to consider a career as a coach.

You might prefer to keep your passion as a hobby, or you might decide to turn it into a side hustle or full-time source of income.

7. Be part of a community:
Purpose is about feeling connected to others, so being an active member of a community can contribute to a greater sense of purpose in life.

When you find your purpose, you’ll discover that there are many others out there who share your passions, interests, and values.

Joining or creating a community allows you to find that sense of connection with others as you work together toward a common goal.

8. Spend time with people who inspire you:
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

If you spend time with people who are positive and purpose-driven, they are likely to inspire you to have the same mindset. You may even discover your purpose through them.

Look beyond your colleagues and family members and ask yourself who you choose to spend your time with. Evaluate those relationships and make sure you are surrounding yourself with aspirational, positive people who lift you up.

9. Read:
One of the best ways to expand your mental horizons is through reading fiction. Nonfiction books are useful for acquiring knowledge on certain subjects. But research suggests that reading fiction may have more benefits.

Reading fiction improves your empathy and critical and creative thinking. This is because when you put yourself in the shoes of a character, you imagine how you would react in that situation.

Reading also connects you to other people across time, place, and cultures. This helps you cultivate the sense of connectedness that generates a sense of purpose in life.

10. Join a cause:
We all have a course that we feel passionately about. Perhaps you have strong feelings about social justice, animal welfare, or the environment.

Fighting for a course ties together several of the tips mentioned above, including:

a). Giving back
b). Forming part of a community
c). Doing something you’re passionate about.
d). Surrounding yourself with people who inspire you
e). Maybe you want to raise money for research into a particular disease or give inner-city children access to green spaces. Whatever it is, getting involved with a cause will help you find more purpose in your life.

11. Practice self-acceptance:
Accepting your limitations can help you be kinder to yourself when things go wrong. We all make mistakes, but instead of beating yourself up for your failures, try to see each setback as an opportunity to grow.

Self-compassion can help you become more self-aware and self-accepting. When you accept all of yourself, you’re more likely to give the best of yourself in every situation. This might be at work, with your family, or while doing the things you love.

This can lead to a greater sense of connection to others and everything you do, giving more meaning to your life.

12. Take time for self-care:
Self-care comes in many forms, and your version of self-care is unique to you. Perhaps you like walking in the forest, practicing some deep breathing, or journaling out your difficult emotions.

But why is self-care important? Because when our brains are relaxed, they are at their most creative. You cannot achieve or serve others when you are battling against yourself.

Have you ever noticed that some of your best ideas come when you’re in the shower? That’s because our minds are more open and receptive to the flow than they are when we force ourselves to think. Creative thinking comes naturally to our minds when we are in a state of relaxation and it can lead you closer to finder your purpose.

This Post Has 61 Comments

  1. Chinyere Ugochukwu

    A growth mindset is really needed in finding your purpose

  2. Kufre-Abasi John

    This information is helpful

  3. Ugochukwu Chimaroke Goodnews

    Turning your pain into purpose is very essential

  4. Abraham Obot

    Spending time with people who inspire you will definitely help in building your purpose

  5. Nwokorobia Chinonso loveday

    Have a positive mindset

  6. Mgbakor Uchenna Samson

    Try to relax your mind always to think positively.

  7. David Anndotan

    With right mindset we can find our purpose

    1. Adebayo Ganiyy Eniola Ganiyy

      Extremely good opinion…
      Have a amazing mindset

  8. Amarachi Gracious

    When the purpose of a Thing is not known abuse becomes inevitable

  9. Chukwuemeka Justin

    Living a meaningful life contributes to better physical health

  10. Abdulazeez Imran

    May you increase in wisdom

  11. Oladimeji Taiwo

    This information is helpful

  12. ABRAHAM Abraham

    This information is helpful

  13. Peter Sunday

    Try to relax your mind always to think positively.

  14. Daniel Okon

    Will outlined for reference purpose

  15. Afeez Adekunle

    Congratulations to me because this is too helpful

  16. Adebayo Ganiyy Eniola Ganiyy

    Perfectly good

  17. Gbaboyor Felix

    Inspiring and thought-provoking.

  18. Ogunmakinwa Evelyn

    Thanks for the educative post

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