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Finding your purpose can lead to a happier, healthier and better life. According to New York Times only about 25% of American adults have a clear sense of purpose and 40% either remain neutral or don’t know. Meaningful goals from purpose can help, inspire and change the lives of others. You may have asked yourself “What should I do with my life?” “What is my passion?” or “What is my life purpose?” Here are 15 tips to finding your purpose in life:
- Donate Your Time, Money or Talent.
Helping others and altruistic behaviors can assist in finding your purpose. According to Florida State University and Stanford researchers, happiness is tied to being a “giver” rather than “taker.” In another study from Daryl Van Tongeren and colleagues, showed that people who engaged in altruistic behaviors tend to have a greater sense of purpose. Ask yourself: “who do I want to help?” After figuring out your passions and skills, figure out how to solve problems and achieve your goals.
- Get Out of Your Personal Bubble.
We have a fear for discomfort. Acknowledge you are in your bubble and stop seeing yourself as the center of your universe. Expand your mind and heart, see the bigger picture and see what others are feeling. Wish others well, not to suffer and see how you can help.
- Cultivate Gratitude.
Count your blessings. Try to write letters of gratitude. Gratitude strengthens relationships which is tied to purpose. Set aside 30 minutes to make a list of your greatest joys in life.
- Listen to Feedback From Other People.
Ask others what reminds them of you or what they think of you. Note or write down their compliments or observations of you. Look for any patterns on what they say.
- Surround Yourself With Positive People.
The type of people you spend with reflects upon you. Try to surround yourself with positive people for inspiration rather than negative people who can drag you down.
- Talk to New People.
Talk to others about what organization they are in and ask what they like to do for fun. Talking to people outside of your social circle can provide new opportunities you weren’t aware of.
- Find and Build a Community.
Most people find purpose in family. Community can be linked to identity. Ask yourself: “What do I have in common with them? What are they trying to be? What impact do I see them having on the world? Is that impact a positive one? Can I join with them in making that impact? What do they need? Can I give it them?”
- Explore Your Interests, What You Love To Do and What Comes Easy to You.
Find out what energizes you. Pay attention to the types of posts or discussions you have on social media. Consider the type of conversations you are interested in. Consider the skills, talents and passions that are meaningful to you. Ask yourself: “What do I love to do?” and “What comes easily to me?”
- Do a Passion Test.
Start with the statement “When my life is ideal, I am ___” and fill in the blank for yourself until you reached 15 statements. Rank the statements in order of importance until you reached your top 5. You can create an action plan based on those top 5 statements.
- Identify Injustice That Bothers You.
Think of what makes you unhappy about the world which you would be able to commit to assisting in a cause. Donate time or money to the cause you’re passionate about. Suffering and pain can also lead to a sense of purpose. Identify any adversity which you can turn into healing others. Ask yourself: “What pain or injustice or unhappiness have I witnessed that I just can’t live with? Is there anything that touches me so deeply that it drives me?”
Find books that matter to you. Reading has been linked to sense of purpose and meaning. Reading can allow people to see the lives of others and imagine themselves in that position. In a 2010 paper from Leslie Francis, it found that people who read the Bible seemed to have stronger sense of purpose.
- Tell Your Story.
In a 2008 study, people with purpose told their story based on change and growth. Ask yourself: “What obstacles have I encountered? What strengths helped me to overcome them? How did other people help me? How did my strengths help make life better for others?”
- Ask Yourself What Qualities You Enjoy Expressing the Most in the World.
Ask yourself: “What are two qualities I most enjoy expressing in the world?” and “What are two ways I most enjoy expressing these qualities?” Create a life purpose statement or vision board to describe your perfect world and your ideal self. Imagine you are doing, being, and having everything you want.
- Take Time For Yourself.
Take care of your mind body, and needs before serving others.
- Align Your Goals With Your Passion.
Organize your activities around your passion. If an activity doesn’t fit with the purpose, then don’t work on it.
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SUMMARY OF THE FOLLOWING BLOGS:
- 7 Tips for Finding Your Purpose in Life
- How to Find Your Purpose in Life
- 10 Life Purpose Tips to Help You Find Your Passion
- Five Steps to Finding Your Life Purpose
- How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach