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How to discover and craft your life's purpose

Updated on August 12, 2011
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Discover your life's purpose

You don’t invent mission you detect it

Victor Franklin

What is your purpose in life and how do you discover your purpose? A lot has been written about how to discover our life’s purpose. But no matter what has been written we need to understand that deep down in our spirit man thee is the yearning to perform a particular task or work to benefit others. Each of should feel differently to this very calling, but the main idea is that there is a reason for your being. What are you here to do? What is it that makes you thick? Through out history great achievers and people of great accomplishment are men and women who have discovered their purpose. If can’t remember anything when we were created, God made us for a purpose. We are meant to increase, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth. All these paint a picture of growth and contribution. Therefore, we are supposed to be instruments of righteousness.

We are endowed with diverse gifts, talents, special knowledge and experience. How can be use these to serve our generation. To my mind your purpose is discover these talents and how to best use them to serve humanity.

A lot has been written on this topic. But we’ll try to explore more the this topic and how our understanding of it is important in our success journey.

What do you feel passionate about?

People who are on purpose are very passionate on what they do. They believe that that their activities add value to people’s life while at the same time help them to make sense of their contribution. Passion is an indicator of what you value; it is what draws you, holds your attention keeps you thinking late at night. It could be that one thing that you could do if you have all the resources and money you need. What is it that you are naturally drawn to and would even do for nothing? This could be the clue to your purpose.

Purpose comes from knowing

According to Frances Coombes, purpose comes knowing that what you do align withyour beliefs and values. Beliefs, values and purpose are our drivers – they motivate us and make us who we are. It’s very simple. If you don’t know what drives you, you cannot motivate yourself to be more effective or press your own triggers to get the results you want from life. It’s important to further look at our values and beliefs.

Values

“Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived.”

Allan Bloom

Values are things which are important to you. They are the ideals which you build your life around. According, to Michael Happel, author of - “How to be brilliant – change you life in 90 days.” Values are up there with oxygen!

Your values are what you build everything on, if your value system is right, if the belief system that you have is pushing you in the right direction, then you’ll achieve all you ever need to.

Beliefs

Beliefs are different from values. Beliefs are locked in our thought system, since if we change our thought process, our beliefs is changed. You can beliefs things that are actually not true. We need to continually analyse and change our beliefs as new evidence that undermine our beliefs is received.

How to develop and write your life purpose – an exercise

From the above preambles, we’ve looked at the basis for discovering your life’s purpose. A lot has been written on how to write your life’s purpose. But in this section we’ll look at the example described by jack Canfield in his book – “From where you are to where you want to be.”

1. List two of your unique qualities, such as enthusiasm and creativity.

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2. List one or two ways you enjoy expressing these qualities when interacting with others such as to support or to inspire.

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3. Assume the world is a perfect right now. What does this world look like? How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it feel like? Write your answer in form of a statement, i the present tense, describing the ultimate condition, the perfect world as you see it and feel it. Remember, a perfect world is fun place to be.

EXAMPLE: Everyone is freely expressing their own unique talent. Everyone is working in harmony. Everyone is expressing love.

4. Combine the three prior subdivisions of this paragraph into a single statement.

EXAMPLE: My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to support and inspire others to freely express their talents in a harmonious and loving way.

Having seen the example, try and craft your own purpose statement. This is very important since it is your map about who you are and gives you impetus as to how to act. Building your vision around these will enable to achieve your desired goal.

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