Do You Struggle With Knowing What Your Purpose In Life Is? Here's Why You Should Stop Worrying

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Almost all of us had that friend in high school (shoot, maybe even elementary school) who knew exactly what they wanted to do with their life. How do we know? Because they said something like, “I want to be a lawyer,” and shocker of all shockers, they are currently practicing law.

Then there are those of us who have declared different vocation at least once a year, changed our major (and minor) in college more than a few times and although we have a steady gig, somehow, we still don’t feel very fulfilled. If someone were to ask us right now what our purpose is, we’d find a way to change the subject.

If this is you, there is no time like the present to find the answer to the “What is your purpose in life?” question. 

Don’t worry, the steps that we’re about to provide you are relatively painless and won’t require a lot of time. All you need is a piece of paper, a pen (well, a pencil because you might want to edit your initial answers) and some peace and quiet so that you can give this all some serious thought.

In the meantime, know this. You are here for a reason and that is to manifest your purpose.

Accepting that is the first step to figuring out just what your purpose is.

Revisit What “Purpose” Means

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It never hurts to pull out a dictionary (or go to sites like Dictionary.com) to look up the definitions of words because no matter how familiar you may be with them, there are always some surprises — or "ah-ha!" moments. 

Take the word “purpose” for example. It literally means "the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc." and "an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal." 

No matter how lost you may feel right now, you exist for a specific reason; there are certain things that no one else can do quite in the way that you do them. 

Build your goals around that and suddenly, things start getting much clearer!

Pick Five Words To Define Your Ideal Life

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Take out a moment to think of what your core values are. Maybe one of them is education. Maybe it’s generosity. Maybe it’s travel, culture or social justice. Maybe it’s love or healthy relationships. 

Picking out five words (or phrases) will help you to see the things that are most important to you; it will help you to cultivate a life motto which can connect you to the next point.

Think About The Things That Come Natural To You

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People who are in the process of living out their purpose will tell you that while not every day is easy, because they are doing what they know they were put on this planet to do, there are moments in each day that bring joy, excitement and passion. They will probably also tell you that they can work hours on end without even noticing because they are using gifts and talents that come naturally to them. 

Maybe it’s writing. Maybe it’s singing. Maybe it’s mentoring. What are the things that come very easily to you? What are the skills that don’t require a ton of effort on your part? 

Whatever those innate things are, you can best believe that they are tied into your purpose, one way or another.

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