They say the two greatest days of your life are when you were born and the day you find out what your purpose is. Has that second day come for you yet?
Purpose is the reason you are here. It gives your life direction and allows you to live out your potential, positively affecting the people and the world around you. Finding and living your purpose is the most powerful thing you can do in life.
But if you’re waiting for your purpose to fall in your lap, you may be waiting a long time. You need to get out there and find it. Here’s how.
Find Your Passion First
There’s a wonderful quote from Sufi mystic and Persian poet Rumi: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
Finding your passion starts with that simple feeling of being “silently drawn” to the things, people, places, and experiences that interest you and make you smile. If something appeals to you, spend some time with it. You’ll know you’re on the right path towards finding your passion, and ultimately your purpose, because your body will tingle with an energy you can’t explain.
Give it time. Many passions start as a simple spark. They need time to grow into a furious flame. As long as you stay on the lookout for your purpose, and actively seek it, you will find it.
Take Action in Your Life
When you take action in your life, and make life happen for you rather than allowing it to happen to you, amazing things happen. Follow what’s in your heart and you will see how the universe will open up to help you. You may experience incredible coincidences and strokes of luck you never could have planned that usher you along your path towards your purpose.
If you’re still struggling to find your purpose, try new things. Seek out situations, people, and experiences that are new to you, and perhaps even challenging. Ask your friends what they do on the weekends, and tag along. Look back to your childhood and take up things that you once enjoyed that are new to you as an adult. Explore. Experiment. Most importantly, take action!
Say Goodbye to What Doesn’t Serve You
Many times, making room for something new in your life means getting rid of things from the life you no longer want to lead. Maybe that’s a job that numbs your soul, physical objects that weigh you down, or a self-defeating mindset. Maybe it’s the people who always push you down rather than lift you up.
In my own life, I clearly remember the day I chose to walk away from the people who didn’t add any positivity or value to my life. I decided to forge my own path with the support of people who loved me and championed my successes. Breaking off ties to people who were a constant source of negativity, people I had known for years, was hard, but it’s what allowed me to discover and live my purpose.
Commit to Your Life with Purpose
When I think about commitment to purpose, I can think of no better example than Jesus Christ. Whether or not you believe in the Lord, it’s hard to deny that the story of Jesus is inspiring. His purpose was to teach the Lord’s way and to die so our sins would be forgiven. He put up with ridicule, verbal abuse, and unthinkable physical suffering, ending in his own death at the hands of those he wanted to help, in his short life on Earth. He put up with it all because he was committed to his purpose. Because he never gave up, he had an incalculable effect on people for millennia after his death.
Why am I telling you this? I want you to understand that just because you find your purpose, it doesn’t mean that life becomes easy. But it does mean that life becomes powerful and fulfilling in a way you could never have imagined. When you commit to finding and living your purpose, you’ll be able to impact the world on a bigger scale, and in a way that only you can.