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Discover Your Life Purpose: How to Overcome Depression and Live a Meaningful Life

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If a broke, depressed, college student, drowning in debt, with no hope for the future can discover his purpose, you can discover your life purpose too!

I discovered my life purpose about sixteen years ago. Right after I left Penn State. 

After five or so years, three different majors I didn’t enjoy, and three different schools, I’d finally had enough of college.

In hindsight, I only stayed that long because it was what I was “supposed” to do.

*Facepalm*

You know what I mean …

Get good grades, go to college, get a good job. Spend the rest of my life trying to climb the corporate ladder …

In the 90s, parents and teachers preached that message as if the “good job” part was a guarantee.

But the longer I was in school, the less anything seemed like a guarantee. The less I felt like I knew where I was going … or why I’d wanted to go there so badly in the first place, besides for the money.

Although I was on the “right” path, something felt “off” about it. Instead of feeling excited and hopeful about my future, I felt depressed and hopeless.

In other words, I dreaded the future. Most of the time I felt worried about what was going to happen to me next and I rarely felt at peace.

I wasn’t at peace with who I was, with the things I’d done, or with the direction of my life.

There wasn’t a light at the end of the tunnel.

Not one I could see or imagine anyway. Just more pain. And more meaningless work that led to even more meaningless work.

I needed to completely change my life

What I wanted was a release from the mental and emotional pain I lived with daily. But at that time, I didn’t believe there was a way out.

Not a way that I could afford anyway. I was a broke college student, with a ton of debt, on anxiety, depression, and insomnia meds.

While in that state, believing there could be a better future seemed improbable. I felt eternally broken. Stuck in a living hell that was partly my own doing, and the rest … was just how the world made me …  combined with what it had done to me.

Turning pain into purpose

The strangest thing happened while I was at my lowest, during a panic attack.

This time it’d been triggered by a mental hurricane of failures and regrets playing through my mind on repeat during a sleepless night.

Through the despair, an inner voice screamed out, “heal me or kill me”. It happened for the second time in my life.

There was more conviction and confidence in its “voice” than my usual self-defeating, anxiety-filled thoughts.

I felt called to change or die.

What followed was a curiosity to learn everything I could about why I was the way I was. And why the world was the way it was.

My journey into purpose, self-discovery, and personal growth had begun.

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What Happens When You Find Your Purpose in Life?

“You were born with an inner guidance that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go.”

– Jack Canfield

It was 2005 and internet research became my new favorite hobby.

As the inner curiosity took me on a journey to uncover the mysteries of my mind and the universe. My passion for learning grew the more I learned.

I was obsessed with finding answers to everything I had ever wondered about. Every answer led to a new set of questions and new topics to explore.

There was so much that I didn’t know and even more that I didn’t know I didn’t know.

I studied my way out of my diagnosed depression and cognitive decline and kept going.

It took a while before I noticed that the hopelessness had also vanished.

Although I started the journey to learn about my thoughts, mind, emotions, and past, to heal myself, I had discovered so much more than that. So many other areas of life and the world were interconnected and they all played a part in why I had become the way I had.

A purpose-driven journey needs a coach … or five

Luckily, each area provided a “coach”. Showing me what to study next and what goals to set.

Passion was my fuel and the synchronicities happening around me signaled when I was on the right path. Monotony alerted me when I wasn’t.

Naturally, I started where I was struggling the most … with my emotions.

1) Emotional intelligence, energy work, and metaphysics

I found layers of life that I didn’t know existed. And learned how they’d been affecting my life and my interactions with the world around me. As a result, both my inner and outer worlds began to change.

Emotional Genius by Karla McLaren was the first book that really changed my life.

It changed my entire understanding of the difficult emotions I had been going through. The first step was to stop judging emotions as ‘good or bad’ and to simply hear the messages they had to deliver.

Learning the overall purpose of each emotional state helped too.

2) Personal growth, self-improvement, and mindset topics

Through personal development, I had found real hope and optimism for the first time in my life. Along with the realization that I wasn’t doomed to be who I had always been.

… or to live the same life I had always lived!

I learned my skill sets, mindset, and competencies in different areas of life weren’t “fixed”. That belief system had been the byproduct of having a fixed mindset

I didn’t have to be a black and white thinking, pessimistic, math, and science person anymore. I didn’t have to be any of what I had always been expected to be.

So I released my creative side and started to write.

3) Meditation, mindfulness, and “mind skills”

Another first for my life. I learned how to relax through breathing and concentration exercises. Sometimes I used visualizations or voice-guided meditation exercises.

At the time, relaxation was just a means to an end. Getting into a relaxed mental state was the prerequisite to most of the mental skills and abilities that I wanted to learn.

Photoreading, for example, was an important skill to me. It was the next step past speedreading.

Since my goal was to learn everything about everything … and retain the information. Photoreading seemed necessary at the time.

The energy work and emotional release work also required getting into a relaxed, defocused state.

The more relaxed you are, the slower your thought processes and emotions move (making them easier to work with and unravel), and the easier it is to sense and feel subtle energy.

Beyond that, I never would’ve guessed where meditation would lead me. I was agnostic at best during that period of my life.

4) Financial literacy, investing, and entrepreneurship

Low-paying jobs and meaningless majors at expensive universities led to despair, a feeling of worthlessness, and tens of thousands of dollars of debt.

I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life once I left school but I did know that I wanted to work for myself.

I stumbled onto Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow Quadrant ebook and it changed my mindset towards money forever.

His explanations about being an employee vs self-employed vs a business owner vs an investor blew my mind. And I saw why I ended up where I had ended up financially, even though I had kept working harder and harder.

Owning a business has always been my long-term goal. And that desire led me to my last coach.

5) Copywriting, sales, and internet marketing

I fell in love with the idea of internet marketing (more specifically affiliate marketing) when I stumbled onto it in 2005. It seemed like the perfect business model for me. Low risk but high returns.

In other words, I wouldn’t need a lot of money to get started. Nor would I have to be around people all the time.

Remember, I was recovering from a long depression and wasn’t ready for that kind of socialization yet.

The best part was I didn’t need products of my own. I just needed to build a website, add some niche content, and I could get paid a commission to help other people sell their products.

Needless to say, it sounded simple enough. And if it worked, I could pay off my debts and have a better career than I would’ve ended up with if I’d stayed and finished college.

Also, it would be a more meaningful career. Because I could write about and sell the products of businesses who were doing work I believed in.

Personal growth and metaphysical information gave me my life back. So I wanted to help other people who were going through similar problems to find information that would do the same for them.

Although I didn’t recognize it right away, I had discovered my life’s purpose.

And as you can see from my story, the benefits of finding your purpose are truly life-changing and endless.

Why is it Important to Know Your Purpose in Life?

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In my article, 4 Life-Changing Benefits of Having a Purpose in Life, I wrote about the most transformational benefits that came from discovering my purpose in life.

In short, they were:

1) Having a purpose gives your life back to you

I mentioned this one during my story.

Once I found myself and my purpose (which wasn’t easy), I was able to move from passively reacting to the world around me to actively creating my future. It felt empowering. 

2) Having a purpose gives you hope for a better future

Despite how my past had gone, once I discovered a sense of purpose and an inner power inside myself, I became hopeful for the first time since early childhood. I became at peace with my past and even grateful for it.

Grateful because I realized that the pain and suffering that we overcome can put us in a unique position to help others overcome similar problems. Meaning, we don’t suffer in vain unless we choose to see it that way. Our pain can lead us to our higher purpose.

3) Having a purpose gives your life a positive direction to go in

Once I felt a sense of purpose in my life, I stopped seeing life as completely “random”. 

For me, this meant I no longer had to drift aimlessly from one job to another, one school to another, or from one pleasure to another.

Life became more than that. It took on a new direction. A direction I chose for myself.

4) Having a purpose motivates you to become your best self

It might sound redundant but you won’t be able to fulfill your purpose without becoming the version of yourself who is capable of fulfilling that purpose. In other words, your mindset and skillsets have to be aligned with your purpose. 

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You know you’re living your purpose when…

In addition to those four ways discovering your purpose transforms your life on a large scale, here’s a list of ways knowing your purpose can add value in every area of your life.

When you know your purpose…

You know your place in the world

  • You feel more connected to yourself 
  • You feel more connected to God, the Universe, humanity 
  • You trust the Universe (or some force greater than yourself) and embrace the opportunities that come your way as right for your path.

Life becomes more meaningful

  • Your purpose shows you what’s important to you
  • Purpose helps you define your values
  • You’ll become happier and more optimistic
  • You’ll develop more faith in yourself and your path, which leads to an increase in confidence
  • Your relationships will deepen as a result of the internal changes you’re making

You’re more motivated and focused

  • Setting goals from a place of purpose makes them more personal, sustainable, and meaningful 
  • Your productivity will increase along with your passion

“You’ll be more productive when you know your purpose because you can set goals and align your to-do lists with your top priorities. The things you are the most passionate about and proficient at doing. And you’ll know what to delegate or say no to altogether.”

– The Desire Zone, Free to Focus, p. 51

■  You live a healthier lifestyle

  • People with a purpose handle stress better, recover from illnesses faster and tend to live longer.
  • Having a purpose and growth mindset lessens your chance of developing cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s in old age.
  • You’ll start to make healthier lifestyle choices out of love for yourself and others.

Decision making becomes easier

  • Having a sense of purpose changes the way you make decisions. You make them in alignment with your purpose and direction in life.

You might make a career change that’s more aligned with your purpose, passions, and values

  • In the process of pursuing your purpose, you’ll find new passions, interests, and hobbies that you would’ve never thought to research, experiment with, or explore before.
  • You might try new things you had zero interest in before. For me, it was spirituality, psychology, creative writing, and eventually photography. All of which have influenced my career decisions.
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How to Discover Your Life Purpose

The journey to discover your life purpose is different for everyone. No two paths are the same and there isn’t a one size fits all approach.

For this reason, I’m including as many different ways of helping you find your life purpose as I can think of in the next few sections. 

I’m confident you’ll find enough useful information here to begin to find your purpose, realize you already know your purpose, or clarify and further develop your purpose … depending on where you’re starting from. 

I’m going to start with the methods I used personally.

I’ve analyzed my own story and experiences so I can tell what I’ve learned. I hope that you’ll see similarities between our paths that’ll help you uncover your life purpose faster.

What are some ways to discover your purpose?

At the time, I didn’t know I was uncovering my purpose in life, nor did I know I was following time-tested techniques and principles. 

But as I look back at that period of my life, here’s what was happening behind the scenes.

My curiosity had become an inner guiding force.

The process of learning new things created more passion and curiosity. I felt more energized than I’d ever felt in my life because the process was fueling itself.

I realized I couldn’t have completed the journey alone.

Not with the same mindset or as the same person I was when I started.

Trusting and following my intuition showed me what to do next, each step of the way. 

I never felt lost or uninspired when it came to deciding what to learn next. If anything, I found too many areas to study and couldn’t get to them all.

I had to develop the faith that I was on the right path even though I didn’t always know why I was learning and exploring what I was at the time.

Meaning, I didn’t have a set plan or syllabus. There was no authority figure telling me what to do or why I was doing it.

I even read astrology reports and took chakra quizzes in an attempt to understand why I was the way I was, my natural gifts, and what I was supposed to do with my life. Something I’d never had an interest in before. Honestly, I didn’t know chakras existed until earlier that year.

The transformation happened by itself.

The changes in the quality of my life, mindset, and emotional state happened as a byproduct of discovering my purpose. 

Purpose and hope came into my life by themselves. I didn’t force them in or try to make it happen.

Journaling to find your purpose

“A life purpose is realized through “attention” – by getting to know your authentic self, exploring your gifts or natural talents and passions, and “intention” – choosing the best possible expression to share them with the world.”

Richard Leider 

Besides reading and researching, writing, specifically journaling played a major part in the process of discovering my life purpose.

How can something as simple as journaling help you find your life purpose?

Well, as much as I love to write, I don’t see myself as a typical writer. Because, for me, it isn’t about the words.

I consider myself a life-long learner who likes to simplify and share information with people who I believe will be helped by it.

Writing for me has always been more subjective. Meaning, I use it to deepen my self-knowledge and as a self-care method.

When I journal, it’s mostly unstructured without a set direction that it needs to go in. In other words, freewriting. 

And alongside that, I’ve written a ton of introspective poetry while I searched for Truth and enlightenment, which I turned into a series of short poetry books.

Writing helps me explore my mind, emotions, belief systems, and make sense of the world. 

Which has led to a gift of sharing and putting into words the relatable experiences and emotional traumas that we all go through.

In other words, writing is what ultimately helped me figure out my passions and life purpose.

And has become the medium I use to make a difference in the world.

5 creative ways to use journaling to discover your life purpose

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1) Do a weekly brain dump

Getting thoughts out of your head and onto paper (or a screen) gives you a more complete view of what’s going on inside of you. Especially when you let yourself write without judgment or filtering.

You’ll uncover negative thoughts and beliefs that you didn’t realize were holding you back and see areas of your life in ways you hadn’t before.

The bigger the picture you can put together, the more you’ll know and understand yourself and your deepest desires.

This translates to you being one step closer to discovering your passions and purpose.

2) Write daily ‘want lists’

A daily want list is just like it sounds.

Every day, usually early in the day, you take out a notebook, journal, or some printer paper (my favorite) and you list out everything that you want.

Bypass the insecurities and self-imposed limitations so that you can let yourself dream.

The more you do this exercise, the easier it’ll become and the more patterns you’ll see.

Some of your wants will be temporary. Meaning, they were part of your to-do list, a craving, or simply something that seemed important to you at the time.

Others will show up often and you’ll feel more strongly about them. These desires are more likely to turn into your short-term goals.

They won’t uncover your purpose directly but they will help you focus in a more specific direction.

You’ll eventually realize they’re pointing you in the direction you unconsciously want your life to go in.

Lastly, you have the ‘wants’ that keep showing up on your list day after day, week after week. 

These are the desires your smaller goals have been leading you towards.

And even though these long-term goals seem vague at first, the more you focus on them, the more specific and focused they’ll become.

For example, you could end up going in such a new direction that you don’t have a name for the kind of work you feel called to do. You might not know if that career even exists. Meaning, it’s one of those “you don’t know what you don’t know” scenarios.

Don’t worry about understanding everything right away, as you move forward with your self-discovery and research, the details will fall into place.

Getting clear on what you truly want long-term for your life is a big step in uncovering your deeper passions and purpose.

For a more detailed explanation of each of these journaling methods  read: 5 Ways to Develop Your Self-Awareness Skills: And Get the “What’s my life purpose?” Question Right the First Time

3) Start a success journal

A success journal is a list of your daily accomplishments that you write either right before bed (about that day’s events) or first thing in the morning (about the prior day’s events).

The choice is yours.

The main purpose of this exercise is to remind yourself of how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished.

When I write them regularly I feel more centered, confident, and grateful.

Pay attention to the accomplishments you are most proud of. As well as the successes that are the most meaningful to you.

These are the successes that are most in line with the person you want to become.

This will help you develop a deeper respect for yourself, as well as uncover your values.

Being aware of your deepest values will help you verify that the passions you choose to pursue and the life purpose you uncover are aligned with what gives meaning to your life.

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4) Use a gratitude journal

Practicing gratitude can lead to being more optimistic, more present, and more positive throughout the day.

Gratitude increases your overall sense of well-being, happiness, and inner peace.

And in addition to the benefits above, gratitude journaling is another great way to learn who you are and what matters to you. 

Start by making a list of stuff that made you feel happy, grateful, proud, or accomplished throughout the day.

Even if it’s only a couple of things. Don’t force it. It gets easier the more frequently you do it.

Watch for patterns and trends.

What do you feel most grateful for and why?

Dig deep. Developing the ability to find meaning in everyday things is one way of living with purpose.

5) Journal about your past experiences

  1. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Which strengths do you rely on the most? 
  • Which areas do you need to improve in the most and why?
  1. Life-changing experiences
  • What are some past (good and bad) experiences that have impacted or changed your life?
  • What did you learn from each experience?
  • In what ways did it change you as a person?
  1. Job experiences
  • What skills have you learned from your past job experiences? 
  • What did you get praised for? 
  • Which skills can be carried over into other vocations? 
  • Do any of the skills feel like a passion? 
  • Which skills came naturally to you and which did you have to work extra hard to get good at? 
  • Do you feel fulfilled by the work you do now? 
  • What would make your job feel more meaningful? 
  • How do you define meaningful work?
  • What’s your dream job/career?
  1. Educational experiences
  • What were your favorite subjects in school? 
  • Which classes did you look forward to and which did you dread? 
  • What did you go to college/take courses for? 
  • What did you like and dislike about your major? 
  • If you’ve worked in the field you majored in, did it turn into a passion? Why or why not?
  • If you could get paid to learn about something, what would it be?

Discovering your life purpose tips from the experts

“You were born with an inner guidance that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go.”

-Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

When it comes to finding your purpose and passions in life, personal development expert Jack Canfield recommends to:

  • Explore the things you love to do and that comes easy to you.
  • Ask yourself what qualities you enjoy expressing the most in the world.
  • Write a description of how the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you.
  • To follow what your heart is telling you to do (inner guidance).
  • To ask if your life was perfect right now, what would it look like? What kind of job would you have? Where would you be living?
  • To make 15 statements that start with “When my life is ideal, I am ___.” Then pick the top 5. Those are your top 5 passions.
  • To make a list of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life.

Read the full article here.

Tony Robbins 

Tony Robbins is one of the most well-known motivational coaches in the world. So of course he and his team would have excellent tips for finding your purpose and living with passion. Here are a few of them. 

  • Look inward – Everything you need is within yourself.
  • When you set a goal, ask yourself: How does this relate back to my purpose?
  • Developing an abundance mindset will help you see beauty and goodness all around you. Your purpose in life becomes much clearer.
  • True fulfillment comes from designing your own life.
  • Creating a life vision statement will help you develop a roadmap to guide you in the proper direction.
  • Discover your true needs because they affect every decision you make.
  • Putting your life in writing can reveal hidden meanings and you’ll begin to see patterns that will help you find your purpose.
  • Schedule enough personal time to reduce the noise and demands of the outer world and focus on what you want.
  • Follow your passions to discover where you fit in.

To read the full article, click here.

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Richard Leider

Richard Leider is a coach, speaker, and the author of The Power of Purpose.

I was blown away when I read some of his writing about life purpose because they were so close to my own opinions and experiences.

He has even created an equation to illustrate how we come up with our purpose. 

His equation for purpose is G + P + V = P. 

Or:  gifts + passions + values = purpose.

Which makes perfect sense.

In his article, Unlocking the Power of Purpose, he explains,

“Finding your purpose is a misleading concept because it’s not something we have to go out and “get,” but rather something we need to turn within and “unlock.”

We’ve already got it – even if we haven’t clearly realized it yet!

How do we unlock it? By looking in the most obvious places – our gifts, passions, and values.”

And goes on to tell us that we’ll recognize our purpose as:

  • Something we feel that we are naturally good at and enjoy doing. 
  • Something we feel passionate about and care deeply about.
  • And something we feel fits our values and ways we prefer to operate in the world.

Simon T. Bailey

International speaker, writer, and personal transformation strategist Simon T. Bailey at Success.com offer these tips on seeking your purpose.

  • A desire to know and learn, curiosity ignites your mind, forcing it to come alive. You become open to the possibility of your purpose.
  • If your motives are pure and honest, you will experience forward momentum. This inner peace releases your purpose and attracts what’s in your best interest. 
  • Listening to and following your instincts is key to becoming purpose-driven. 
  • Ask yourself: What am I good at? What are my special talents, skills, and abilities? What do I want to do?
  • Develop high-impact habits like reading, meditating, and exercising. These are the behaviors and actions that move you farthest and fastest in the direction of your heart’s desire.

Read the full article here.

Finding your purpose in life with the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai

The Japanese concept of Ikigai or your ‘reason for being’, is another method of discovering your life purpose.

If you’ve been in the personal development space for a while, you may have seen an Ikigai diagram floating around. You’d recognize it as four circles that all intersect in the center.

In the diagram, there is a circle that represents your answer to each of these four phrases.

  1. What you love
  1. What you are good at
  1. What you can be paid for
  1. What the world needs

And according to the philosophy, the answer that intersects all four circles is your purpose … your reason for being … the thing that will lead you to fulfillment and happiness.

Give it a try and see what you come up with. 

Do you get the same answer as in the other methods?

How a Life Purpose Coach can help you discover your purpose

This article is in no way a comprehensive guide.

Your purpose resides in the deepest part of you, unique to you, and is interconnected with all that you are and all you have been through.

It can take days, weeks, months, or even years’ worth of soul searching for some people to find the answers they’re looking for. While others are pulled towards their soul’s calling without even trying.

So don’t rush the process or beat yourself up if you haven’t found your purpose in life yet. It happens differently for everyone.

The tips and suggestions here only serve as a starting point for your purpose-driven journey.

If you feel like some one-on-one personal guidance would help speed up your search, consider hiring a life purpose coach to walk alongside you as you begin your journey.

A life purpose coach has been where you are, knows what patterns to look for, and may be able to recognize your hidden gifts, talents, or passions long before you do.

If you’re having trouble with the process, your coach will be able to help you uncover the limiting beliefs that may be blocking you from discovering your purpose.

And once you do know your purpose, your coach will help you set goals and navigate the transformations happening to your life as you begin to integrate your life purpose into your everyday life.

I’ll be adding a life purpose coaching service to the blog later this year. To get notified when I start coaching, join my email list by clicking the button below. You will be taken to a sign-up form.

Bonus: You Discovered Your Purpose, Now What?

“You’ll recognize your purpose when time ceases to exist and there’s an alignment of your head, your heart and your hands. Purpose isn’t external; it’s something you own inside.”

– Simon T. Bailey

Chances are, once you discover your purpose, your intuition and passion will guide you on what to do next.

But here are some of the next steps you can expect to explore after finding your purpose.

Making plans to live by your purpose and values.

“People get the idea that who they really are isn’t acceptable.” 

Coach Sean and Michelle

This is where you decide who you want to be and how you want to show up in the world.

You get to choose what is acceptable and what you want to remove from your life. For example, your habits, your environment, or the people you spend your time around.

Setting goals and intentions aligned with your purpose.

If you aren’t sure where to start, consider writing a daily goals list.

The main purpose of a goals list is to help you stay focused by keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind. So that you spend your time doing the things that are in line with your life purpose and long-term goals.

This way, whenever you have a decision to make about where to invest your time, energy, or money you’ll have your life goals fresh in your mind or at the least easy to find and refer to.

Related Post: Soulpreneur’s Guide to Setting Goals that Align With Your Life Purpose

Joining communities related to your purpose.

One of the best things about having the internet is how easy it makes it to find like-minded groups and communities. 

Joining Facebook groups and forums are two of the easiest ways to find people who are passionate about the same topics as you. 

Starting a business to fulfill your purpose or rebranding an existing business.

Finding my purpose gave my life meaning, direction, hope, passion, and inner peace. It brought me out of a five-year depression, giving me my life back, and with it, a desire to help others do the same.

This has led me to believe some of our pains and struggles are blessings in disguise. Because they put us in a unique position to help others who are going through similar problems. 

For this reason, I chose to start a business to coach, teach, and guide people on how to find their purpose, upgrade their mindset, overcome limiting beliefs, and empower themselves so they can live happier, more meaningful lives and make a positive difference in the world.

If your purpose can be best fulfilled by starting a purpose-driven business, great. If not, you can try to change your existing job or business to better align with your new values, beliefs, and purpose in life.

Learning skills and growing in areas related to your purpose.

One of the best ways to move your life forward is to start investing in yourself.

Once you set goals in line with your purpose, decide which areas you’ll need to work on to move closer to your goals.

Then start by researching general information about the skills, topics, and niches you’re interested in. You can read blog posts and join email lists to get their free information. 

As you develop more passion for the topic, you can move on to reading books, taking online courses, joining classes, or getting a degree in that area.

“Knowing your purpose means you know your direction in life. That clarity of vision alone lets you know where to concentrate your energy.”

The Power of Knowing Your Purpose

Finding purpose in everyday life

Once you find a sense of purpose in yourself, you’ll begin to find more meaning in your everyday life overall.

You’ll develop a new sense of gratitude for the everyday things that you used to take for granted.

One way to aid in this process is to practice mindfulness.  

Mindfulness will help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings as well as be more present (and attentive) in your everyday life. 

You’ll develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with yourself, the people around you, and with Life/God/The Universe. 

This will make it easier to stay aligned with your purpose, attract opportunities that are right for you, and notice the synchronicities signaling that you are on the right path.

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Conclusion – Life Without Purpose is Like…

When I was depressed, agnostic, and feeling hopeless, something was missing, I didn’t feel a sense of purpose.

It wasn’t that I didn’t believe life could have a purpose, I just couldn’t figure out what my purpose was.

What was my reason for being here and what was I supposed to do with my life?

In my experience, people want to know (or at least believe) that they’re here for a reason. And They want to know what that reason is.

The solution is to find your life purpose … your ikigai … your reason for being.

And to let your purpose become the driving force that will determine the direction your life will go in.

After reading this article and putting the suggestions into practice, you should be well on your way to discovering your life purpose.

Your life purpose will help you:

  • Find your place in the world
  • Figure out who you are and what you should do with your life
  • Have more purpose and passion in everyday life
  • Feel more motivated, focused, and make better decisions
  • Learn to trust your intuition and  curiosity as an internal compass to keep you aligned with your path

As you can see, discovering your life purpose can benefit you in more ways than you can imagine. 

And once you start living with purpose, you’ll be ready to:

  • Set goals from your deepest ‘why’ and a place of purpose
  • Grow to become the person who can fulfill that purpose
  • Decide on a career path that is aligned with your values and life purpose

“Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life.”

What is Life Purpose?

I hope you found this article helpful and I wish you luck in discovering your purpose in life. It truly transforms your life and is worth the time it takes to go through the self-discovery process.

Use the stories, tips, and advice from me and the experts as a guide to help you start your journey.

But remember, you’re the only one who can determine what’s right for you and your path. The solutions are ultimately inside of you.

The more you learn to trust yourself and your decisions, the more confidence you’ll gain, and the more empowered you’ll feel.

Thanks for reading and good luck on your life purpose journey!

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