Researchers at Florida State University and Stanford found that happiness and meaningfulness had overlap but were different: Happiness was linked to being a taker before a giver, whereas meaningfulness went more with being a giver than a taker. Being the “giver” in a relationship connected people with having a more purposeful life. The people you surround yourself with say something about you. If you’re surrounded by people who are making positive change, you might draw from their inspiration.
Keep in mind your purpose doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change what you’re doing already. For some of us, our purpose and passion in life is obvious and clear. We’re born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, we develop our talents into skills. For some people, though, it’s not as easy to identify a passion. You may even have asked yourself at one point or another, “What should I do with my life?” “What is my passion?” or “What is my life purpose.” To find out what you really like, it is always good to explore the things you love to do and what comes easy to you. Never forget that we all have our own guidance system within us that can help us get from where we are in life to where we want to go. It’s a kind of inner GPS.
We were born with an inner guidance that tells us when we are on or off course by the amount of joy we are experiencing. The things that bring us the greatest joy are in alignment with our purpose and will get us to where we want to go. Take time for yourself and listen to your inner voice, feelings and emotions, they will always guide you. Don’t be afraid to find the answer, it’s already within you. We’re all gifted with a set of talents and interests that tell us what we’re supposed to be doing.
Once you know what your life purpose is, organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose.
If an activity or goal doesn’t fit that formula, don’t work on it. Aligning with your purpose is most critical when setting professional goals. When it comes to personal goals, you have more flexibility. Finding your life purpose is a lifelong journey. It’s OK to take it one step at a time. It’s normal to pause and reevaluate long-term goals regularly. And it’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Nothing worth doing is easy, and this will not always be easy.
As a last tip, try with a vision board, which is always very powerful. They are tool to heal from low self-esteem and lack of direction. They enable your creativity and passion for change. It’s a wonderful practice. It gives you a nonverbal way to access that part of your soul that speaks to your highest self.
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