3 What Is Your Purpose?

The first step on this journey towards living with a purpose is deciding that it is a worthwhile endeavor. The next step is to figure out what exactly your purpose in life is. It’s a pretty big question, isn’t it? I wish I had just the right answer for you, but the truth is that our life’s purpose is different for all of us. There is no quiz you can take that spits out the answer. It’s something you have to discover for yourself. I do however have a few thoughts to share with you that will guide you along the way. In the end, your purpose is very much like true love. You will know it when you’ve found it.

What Are You Passionate About?

Start by thinking about all the different things you are passionate about. Maybe it’s restoring old cars, redecorating your home, or sewing historical costumes. It doesn’t matter if it’s part of your current work or career, a cause, a hobby, or anything else you can think of. Make a list and keep adding to it as you come across more ideas.

What Do You Value?

Another good approach for coming up with potential purpose ideas is to think about what you really value. What’s important to you? What do you feel would make a difference? Maybe you value animal rights and make it your mission to raise awareness about the low number of wild giraffes in Africa.  Maybe you value the right of every child to grow up in a happy home and make it your life’s purpose to raise foster kids or adopt.

What Gets a Strong Emotional Response from You?

What makes you really happy, really angry, or really sad? Having something with a strong emotion attached is a good sign that you’re passionate about it and that this particular cause or purpose is important to you. Maybe it’s passion for your love of playing piano, your passion for heirloom tomato gardening, or your burning desire to put a stop to human trafficking.

What’s Fun

What do you enjoy doing? There’s nothing wrong with finding a purpose that is also enjoyable. In fact, it’s important that you like what you do and are having fun doing it. If it isn’t fun, it’s much harder to put in the work and effort required to reach your goals.

Of course not every task and every aspect of what you do will be fun—you want to find a purpose and a project that has you excited to jump out of bed in the morning.

About Karen

Karen Karsten, CPCC, CAC, has had several business careers, in government, finance, retail and publishing. Each career was a building block that helped her create the life she has now as a coach, writer and executive director of Rich Chicks and Creative Principle of Think You Can LLC.

Her companies, Think You Can (www.thinkyoucan.net) and Rich Chicks (www.richchicks.org) both explore the magic of prosperity and creating clarity about life values. Karen has total faith in the magic of belief. Notice how that works either way: belief of magic, magic of belief. Magic is there—in you, too. Take a moment right now and honor the magic in you.

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