What is Your Life Purpose?


No matter where you are in life, you have probably asked yourself this question, “What is my purpose?” Or maybe you are wondering why things are not going according to the way you planned.

Do you want to make changes in the direction your career is taking you? Or, how do you follow your true passion and get on a new career path.

Regardless of your position in life, everyone has passions and dreams in their heart. You were made with a purpose, a destiny to fulfill! So, let’s take a serious look at what you are passionate about, those things that are a driving force in your life, or perhaps, what you most want to do if there were no limitations.

In order to do this, I challenge you to make a list of your top 10 passions, which will lead to clarifying your true vision and purpose(s). Follow the outline below, have fun, and dream big! 


Building Your List 

Make a list of 10 things you most appreciate doing (be specific, do not write in generalities). Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What lights you up inside?
  • What makes you feel alive?
  • What needs to be a major part of your life for you to be satisfied?
  • What sorts of things cause you to lose all sense of direction, forgetting about time passing while you’re doing them?

Set aside some time to consider some different things you’d get a kick out of doing. Maybe it’s something you always wanted or needed to do.

We’re searching for the “phenomenal” here, so take the plunge! Pull out all the stops, and write it all down. 

Now ask yourself this question: “Which items on my list truly come from my heart and/or make the juices of enthusiasm flow?” Keep going over the list point by point until you are certain which ones resonate with your core values and will lead you to your life purpose.


What Is My Life Purpose? 

Many individuals ask this question, “Is there a reason (a true purpose) for my life?” The short answer is that everybody has a purpose. The best answer is that it doesn’t need to take long to realize what it is. Your purpose is alive and well, and it’s living inside you, regardless of whether you know it or not.

One Life Coach defines life purpose with these words:

It is the objective or intention that you are striving toward. It is the picture you have of yourself – the kind of person you want to be, or the kind of life you want to lead.


Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?

One way to discover your purpose is through past experiences. An exercise that can be very helpful is to list 10-12 examples of times in your life when you knew you were doing something on purpose. Make sure you don’t over analyze it, just write it down.

Now that you have made your list, pick your top 4-5 and describe each one briefly. In doing this, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What was essential to your sense of being on purpose?
  • What about this experience was richly satisfying?
  • What was of value to you?

Write down the key words and phrases that embody these experiences. You will probably notice that there is a common theme. You can now write a brief statement of your life purpose in no more than 2 or 3 sentences, using the exercise above as a guideline.

Here is an example of a client’s life purpose statement:

To become the best I can at that which I have been gifted with, not missing out or taking for granted the opportunity to use my talents.”

Each person’s life purpose statement is unique, and will align with his or her direction and intentions. 


Going Forward: Using Your Purpose Statement As a Guide

Knowing one’s life purpose is a real benefit when used as a guide to make choices and decisions that lead to greater and more authentic happiness and fulfillment. A life coach can help a client gain clarity to complete the following task. 

How do you apply or use your statement?

  • Internalize it
    • Intentional reflection
    • Regular affirmation
    • Writing/journaling
    • Learn to listen to it’s voice
  • Assessment (this is a compass, not criticism)
    • What in your life aligns with your purpose statement?
    • What in your life is a little off?
    • Is there anything in your life that is way off?

Additional Thoughts:

  • A purpose statement is used privately to create your goals and your life.
  • When you are “on purpose” you live from your being/core self.
  • When you are “off purpose” life feels less fulfilling, and you become a human doing instead of a human being.

Resources:

There are many good books available to learn and develop your life purpose. Here are just a couple of my suggestions:

 Living on Purpose by Dan Millman 

Life on Purpose by Victor Strecher

If you want to write your purpose statement, here are a couple of other books that will walk you through the process:

Goodbye Mission Statement; Hello Purpose: How to Harness Purpose as Your Most Powerful Management Tool by Cate Cardwell

Hacking Your Statement of Purpose: A Concise Guide to Writing Your SOP


Closing Thoughts

Finding your purpose can be a tedious undertaking, but with the help of a Life Coach, the process can be done with more ease. Allowing a trained professional partner with you on this journey can alleviate many of the struggles, and ultimately lead to clarity and understanding through self-discovery.

If you want my help, you can sign up for a complimentary coaching consultation

I hope this has been helpful, and I invite you to either contact me by email with any comments or questions, or jot down your thoughts below. I will do my best to respond within 48 hours. 


Allan Siegel

Life Coach

contact: lifeonpurposecoach@gmail.com

 

 

This article has 6 Comments

  1. How do I know that my current purpose in life is my real purpose? There was a time when I thought fighting in a boxing ring or an mma cage was my purpose until I found entrepreneurship. I felt like my true purpose is teaching the poor how to become successful without ever needing a job through entrepreneurship. I am just wondering and hoping that this is my one true purpose and not another phase where I think it is my purpose

    1. Thanks for your feedback. 

      Your life purpose will change as you move from one career to another, but you can also have more than one purpose to fulfill. As a Life Coach, I partner with people and assist them to gain clarity and sharpen their vision for what lies ahead.

      Here are a couple of questions I often ask my clients in regards to their life purpose: “What do you most want to accomplish before you die?”; and “What have you done in your life that was deeply fulfilling that you would like to do more of?”

      I wish you the best in your journey.

  2. I love this.. you really got me thinking. I am at a crossroad in my life. Both directions are good but I am going through a huge change right now. Things that mattered to me before are meaningless and I am in a position of a new life, new person, new me that I am getting to know. I need meaning now and want to make a difference with my life. Pretty neat how I made it to your website. God makes things happen for a reason!

    1. I responded to you nearly two years ago. Just checking back with you to see how things are going. If you need coaching help, feel free to check out my site (lifeonpurposecoach.com) again, then email (lifeonpurposecoach@gmail.com) me with any questions or concerns.

      Make it a great day!

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