Consider your current working environment and ask yourself one simple question, “Was I born to do this?” If the answer is no, perhaps you need to stop working so hard in the wrong direction.
As humans, we are capable of incredible things when the ‘why’ becomes big enough. By discovering what your purpose is in life, you will bring meaning to all that you do.
Whether you love to travel, cook or care for others, you must seek to find something that inspires you and fills your heart, otherwise you will never truly be happy in work and in life.
Why You Need to Find Your Purpose
Do you want to wake up every morning and do what you love? You spend one-third of your life at work, so doing something that fulfils you is extremely important.
Financial Freedom & Abundance
You can make more money when you do what you love. And yes, it IS possible. That’s because money comes from adding value to others. And you add more value in areas that you love. Don’t believe me? Think about Steve Jobs and the amount of heart and spirit he poured into making beautiful products.
Something magical happens when you are living on purpose. Things just seem to happen quicker. Unseen forces come to your aid.
7 Steps To Finding Your Purpose in Life & Work
Are you feeling a little lost and unsure of what your purpose is? I’ll let you in on my seven-step secret to finding your life purpose, I promise it isn’t that hard…
Write down what you love to do, or the ideal career if money weren’t an object
Now, ask yourself the following four questions in relation to this activity or career and write the answers in bullet points:
What does this activity / career mean to me?
Why is this important to me?
What are the consequences of not doing that?
Why do I bother doing/becoming this activity/career?
Read out loud – yes, I know you’re probably thinking that sounds stupid, but stay with me for a moment longer.
Connect with your heart by placing your awareness into your chest and answer this question, “If I were the only person on planet earth and the planet needed nothing from me, what would my purpose in life be?”
Write down everything that comes to you; no matter how weird or uncomfortable you’re feeling
Look over the answers to this question and circle the three words that feel the most exciting, expansive or ‘good’ (you know that ‘light’ feeling you get when things feel right?)
With the words you have circled, go ahead and create a simple sentence that sums up all the words and phrases, starting with ‘To’. For instance, your circled words are passion, freedom, live free. Your sentence would read ‘To live with passion, and freedom’. Another example might be ‘inspire, empower, discover new things and excitement’ so your sentence might read, ‘To inspire and empower by discovering new things’.
When you’re looking for a purpose you need to ensure that it relates to yourself first. If your purpose solely depends on fulfilling someone else’s desires, then your happiness therefore is at the mercy of other people because you need other people in order to be fulfilled. This leads to continually getting up in the morning looking for ways to help everyone else and wondering why you can’t manage to stay happy for extended periods of time.
What Happens Once You’ve Found It
Whether or not you believe you had a contract of some description set up before you came here – or whatever it is that you subscribe to – at the end of the day, a purpose is best described as finding the ultimate sentence to sum up every action that you are going to take from this day forward.
So that when you wake up in the morning you can say, “I’m divinely inspired by my purpose because I’m doing xyz.” Ask yourself, “Does this next activity support my life purpose in any way, shape or form?” If the answer is ‘no’ then you focus on something else.
You then respond to requests simply by saying, “you know what, none of that aligns with my purpose!” This will allow you to make decisions instantly, without any guilt, without even thinking about anything again, without any sense of needing to review anything – because straight away you will know whether it resonates with your purpose or not.
Once you have found your purpose, then allow yourself the freedom to change it as you evolve. You may move through different values systems where the words you used no longer have the same feel as they use to.
Flexibility is the key to allowing yourself to change for good and discovering your true life’s purpose.
Words by Benjamin Harvey
About Benjamin Harvey
Benjamin Harvey, founder of Authentic Education, didn’t always possess the same direction and drive he does today. Not so long ago he was passionless, directionless and unsure of his purpose. With more than $137,000 worth of accumulated debt and heavily overweight Ben was clinically depressed and drifting.
Through the teachings of Dr Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and the Dalai Lama, Ben and his business partner, Cham, founded Authentic Education. Through a variety of life events, workshops, online courses and video content, Ben is inspiring thousands of Australian’s to find their purpose, tap into their passion and live their love.