The more I work with my clients the more I see that we all want the same thing. Contribute, feel that what we do has purpose.
So we go on the quest of finding our life purpose. Sounds easy, no? Well, it turns out that we have difficult times finding it out.
Myself, long time before I quit my job I knew that my life purpose was not being fulfilled through my job. What it could be I didn’t know. I only felt I wanted to be of help, but to whom and how I didn’t know. After couple of years of deep soul searching, defining and re-defining my life mission I finally found it.
My mission is to help and contribute to others through coaching, motivating and leading by example on how to choose a professional path and purpose that builds on core values, unique strengths and expresses ones passions and purpose. Sounds beautiful, and so easy as I now read it. But it took me quite some time to figure it out.
It doesn’t mean that it will take you years to figure yours one out, but it simply demonstrates that it is work in progress.
So how do you figure out what your life mission is?
Three ways to discover your life’s mission
I see three ways on how to find it: the rational one, the intuitive one and the mixed one. We are all very different and have different ways of coming to certain conclusions.
I suggest that irrespectively of whether you are more of a rational person, intuitive one or a mix, you try and experiment with all assignments.
The rational way
This way relies on more rational thinking and writing answers down to the following questions.
- What activities make you loose track of time?
- What would you regret not doing, being or having in your life?
- If you knew you could not fail and money was not the issue what would you be doing in your life?
- What causes do you strongly believe in, connect with?
- What do you want to contribute to the world?
The intuitive way
This way relies more on your intuition focusing on getting information through your creativity.
Ask someone to help you with this one if needed.
Close your eyes, relax through breathing and imagine that you are old and you are sitting in your favorite chair. Your beloved ones are there with you to celebrate your birthday. One of them stands up and starts a speech about you and your life. What do you hear him or her say? What are you most proud of? What made you feel happy and alive all those years? Take your time to hear it all out. Open your eyes. Write it all down.
Do you hear an inner voice in your head that is telling you what your calling is? We often hear it, but it is either very weak, or we do not want to listen to it, thinking we would be crazy to follow it. I had this voice telling me, the things you are doing (fast career) are not being your purpose, but I ignored it for years. Until I had very traumatic life experience and I decided to listen. Don’t wait until something bad happens… listen to your Self now.
- Mission board
Take a big stack of your favorite magazines; they are your favorite ones for a reason. Go through them and tear out the pages with the pictures that grab your attention. Do not think about it. Do it quickly and intuitively. Once you have done this, take a big piece of paper and arrange them. What do you see?
The mixed way
Your life story
Think about the most difficult experiences in your life. Describe them in detail. Did you transform your life after this experience? How?
Lots of people are looking outside for their purpose but it is most of the time in front of your nose. So close you cannot easily see it.
What is your life trying to tell you about your life purpose?
To what difficult situations from your childhood, during difficult health conditions, things that happened in your adulthood do you want to give significance?
Write your mission statement
Once you have done the exercises, look for your main theme. What are the clues that direct you towards your life mission?