Best questions to help you define your purpose

Questions to Define Your Purpose

Even since you were a child, you may have heard your parents telling you ‘go and find your purpose‘, or start to ‘define your purpose in life’. But what does it mean in reality? First of all, the purpose is why you exist, and it is the reason you get out of bed in the morning.

Your life purpose is what drives every action you take, every decision you make, and if it doesn’t, then something’s wrong. So how do you actually find and define your purpose?

Before even we start deeper in this matter, look at yourself and your current position. If you are passionate about what you are doing right now, if you are happy and wealthy, then you actually may be on the right path in your life. If not, then there is something you are doing wrong.

Finding your real purpose may not get you a better job or ideal one, but it may reflect your overall values. Your own purpose is what defines your life path, your actions, it is your personal statement, and it will have a big influence on what you will leave in this world after you.

Even after we finish school, we have no idea of what we want to do with our lives. We are changing our jobs too often, we are changing our place of living, our travel destinations, and all this with one purpose: ‘seeking of our purpose’.

What is the real concept of life’s purpose?

The concept of life’s purpose can be problematic if defined wrong. At first, it looks like we all have a defined path, and we all are searching for our own purpose in life. But we are taking this searching as a ‘must’, and this can be a problem. We should never forget that the only thing we ‘must’ do in our life, is to die, the other actions that we take are all optional.

We all know that our existence on this earth is for a limited time, and during this time we take different actions. Some of these actions are waste of time, and some of them are important. What we should do is, we should take those important actions and decisions as a statement of our purpose. Those are what define our life, and which make us happy.

In short words, instead of asking yourself about what is your own purpose in this life, ask yourself questions such as ‘what important action can I make today?’. The answer to this question may be more manageable, and it may help you to discover what is important for you. After all, do what makes you happy, and not what makes others happy.

Questions you should be asking yourself

In order to define your purpose, there are some questions that may help you to figure out by yourself the purpose of your own life.

Why do I get out of bed in the morning?

Start asking yourself this question, and try to find the correct answer for every single day. (just don’t overthink this). This single question may be followed by others, such as: “What motivates me to get out of bed? Why do I continue to push myself through the challenges of daily life?”.

What unique contribution can I make?

If you want to make a difference in the world, it might seem like a difficult task. But that’s only because people often look at the world from their own perspective and try to change it. If you step back and take a broader view, you’ll see that there are many problems and opportunities to be tackled.

Many people who want to make a difference don’t know where to start. They feel overwhelmed by the number of issues they can address.

What is the key message that I want to put out into the world?

Think about your actions in life, as you were creating content, which gets to be read by thousands of people. The goalie of your life’s content is to inspire, entertain, and inform. If you want to create great content, you need to keep your readers at the forefront of your mind while you’re ‘writing’ it. But while you will write your key message to your readers, don’t forget about yourself.

How can I turn this into a business?

It is not easy to turn your passion into an actual business. You are going to have to do a lot of work and put in a lot of time if you want your side project to be profitable. The first thing you will need to do is establish goals for the business.

You should know what kind of return on investment you are looking for, how long you want the project to take, and how much time you can devote to it every day. You have to figure out whether this will be a part-time job or full-time, as well as how much time you can put into it.

How do you turn your passions into a business? Here’s a step-by-step guide to making it happen.

1: Get clear on what you want to do

2: Make sure there is a market for it

3: Come up with an idea and a name

4: Build a prototype of your product or service

5: Narrow it down to one thing you can handle

How can I continue to add value to people’s lives for years to come?

Look at people like Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferriss. They are two examples of people who were able to build businesses around their passions and have been creating value in the world for years. The key is to find a way to get paid while doing something you love, because if it’s not fun, then why do it?

The best way to figure out what your passion is is to think back on experiences you’ve had. Think about what you loved doing when you were a kid, or during high school or college.

Final thoughts

Finding your purpose in life may be a difficult task for many, and some of us do not even get to find it in our entire existence on earth. Important is to not give up, to make things which make you happy, to think first on ourselves and after on others, and to take actions which make us proud of ourselves.

If you are happy doing what you are doing right now, if you feel fulfilled and proud, you may have found your purpose without even knowing it.

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