Prior to the crash of my marriage and business I was not living my life on purpose. I thought I had everything together and I thought that my life was on a course to realizing my lifelong dreams. What I learned after everything collapsed around me was the difference between a life of chasing success and money and a life of living life on purpose.
If you ever have questions like, “Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life? How can I make my life more meaningful?”; and how can I put my purpose into action, this post is for you.
Life purpose is your personal mission. Living life on purpose ultimately leads to lasting peace and prosperity. You may think that statement is exaggerated or even over-simplified. But if you take a big picture look at some of the most successful people in life you will find that they had a definite aim in life. They had a purpose that drew them into their life calling. Their calling, or purpose, became the focus of their career activities.
Living life on purpose will lead you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Living life on purpose led Steve Jobs to create Apple. With his purpose of “making a ding in the universe”, Jobs innovated the Mac computers, the iPad, iPhone and many other communication devices that changed the way people communicate.
Living life on purpose has created many modern day self-made millionaires like John Maxwell, J.K. Rowling and Oprah Winfrey. Each one developed a life and business around their purpose. They wrote books, created programs, started companies and built websites to further their life purpose.
You may not be destined to be a Steve Jobs. I know I’m not. I don’t know about you but I know my life is not destined for a Hollywood success story either. My purpose may be less grand in some ways than Steve Jobs or Oprah Winfrey, but knowing my life purpose is the significant driver in the work that I do and the money I make and it is for your too.
I want to help you discover your life purpose and turn it into a money-making business that you can operate out of your home. You could say that is my purpose.
When I looked at my life purpose on a bigger scale, I began to see online marketing as my vehicle to educate, inspire and empower family leaders to serve the world with their God-given talents and gifts.
Listed below are the steps and questions you need to uncover your true life purpose.
3 Steps to Discovering Life Purpose
-1- Discover your personality type.
We all have traits, strengths, weaknesses and preferences that sum up our uniqueness as an individual. When we know who we are, we can understand ourselves and discover what it is and why it is that we feel motivated to do many of the things we like to do.
There are a couple of profile assessments that I like to use when helping someone discover their personality and work style preferences. Personality assessment tools will help you find your personality strengths and preferences. They lead to discovery of what you are meant to do in life.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment Tool
Myers-Briggs is a 72 question, yes or no type of assessment tool used by many organizations to learn about personality strengths. Locate it here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
I am an INFJ personality type. After you take your assessment, let me know what you found out about yourself in the comment section below.
-2- Make a list of your core values.
Over time our life is shaped by our core values. As our life becomes more entwined with obligations and relationships with others we can lose sight of the things we once considered to be most important.
I consider having enough money to support my lifestyle with abundance for giving to others to be important. Yet there was a time when I lost my way and began to focus more on the pursuit of money than the more worthwhile pursuit of rich relationships.
Ultimately your life is shaped by the decisions you make and the actions you take. Aligning your decisions and actions with your core values will help you stay on the course you intend for your life.
Make a list of everything that is important to you and then prioritize your list into your top five or six value statements. List things like honesty, loyalty, friendships, humility, love, financial freedom, home, status, health, trust and so forth.
A core value statement is something like…
“I value meaningful relationships more than money. Connecting with people on deeper levels to help them prosper brings joy and fulfillment to my life.”
“I plan to be financially independent and experience the true wealth of having control over my time and work environment.”
-3- Find a quiet place to unwind.
Before you write down your life purpose, spend some quality alone time. Sit beside a lake or stream, go for a walk in the park or sit outside on your patio with a relaxing cup of coffee or tea. Finding a still place of solitude away from noise is essential to finding your place of inner clarity.
Make sure the environment you choose is noise free—no cell phones, computers, TV, children, spouse or friends—just you and nature. This may be uncomfortable if you are used to constant pressure and noise. Give yourself the gift of quite reflection…a time of solitude where you shut off the world and can really hear yourself think clearly.
It is from a place of rest, relaxation and solitude where you will find inner clarity. In stillness you just may hear the voice of God within you.
Bring a tablet and a pen and begin to write down your impressions and feelings. Don’t stress over spelling or grammar; just flow and write whatever comes to your mind as you go through the following questions.
10 Questions to Answer to Discover Your Life Purpose
1. What do you love to do now (or have done in the past) that makes you lose all track of time?
2. If you didn’t have to work for a wage, how would you most like to spend your day?
3. What things have you done that made you feel fulfilled, energized and happy?
4. What have you accomplished that you are most proud of?
5. If you were given a gift of $100 million dollars, what social problem would you most like to solve?
6. What are you naturally good at doing? (talents, gifts, skills, abilities, etc.)
7. What would you like to do or work on that doesn’t feel like work?
8. If you were asked to write a book or teach a course, what would you write and teach others about? Who would you teach? What problems would you help them solve?
9. You meet Steven Spielberg at a beach resort. You really connect with him. You tell him about yourself. He finds you interesting and he tells you he wants to make a movie about the most important issue in your life. This is your big chance to create a movie that will help millions of people. What will your movie be about?
10. What cause in life do you strongly believe in and wish more than anything you could help?
Now that you have answered the 10 Questions For Discovering Life Purpose, put them into a simple statement that describes what you want to do, who you want to help and what result you want to help them co-create. Your statement could be something like:
“My purpose is to help women discover and fulfill their life calling.”
“My purpose is to help single moms afford a home for their children.”
“My purpose is to live my life fully by bringing joy and inspiration to others.”
For an added perspective, see this Forbes article written by best selling author,Margie Warrell, “Do You Know Your Why?”.
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