How to find your purpose

Struggling to find your purpose in life? The answers are always within you. Here‘s how you can discover it.

Many people search for a sense of purpose to find meaning and fulfilment in life. A sense of purpose is closely tied to passion and motivation. Finding a purpose in life does not follow a linear and rigid formula, but there is a variety of options one could choose from. More often we believe that a purpose has to be something so great that it  amazes others. Do not be under pressure to achieve unrealistic and bizarre goals in hopes to make a mark through your purpose. Finding a sense of purpose helps you live a happier and healthier life. A research study conducted in 2010 found that individuals with high levels of eudemonic well-being—which involves having a sense of purpose along with a sense of control, and a feeling like what you do is worthwhile—tend to live longer.

Finding a sense of purpose in life requires time and patience. Here are a few strategies to help you discover your purpose in life:

Do a self-reflection/ self-introspection

Take time to think about the things that make you happy. This could be anything from helping others, painting, singing, feeding the homeless, etc . Your purpose is not always linked to your career. Think of activities which make you feel like your life has meaning.

Ask the people in your circle

We get too familiar with the things we love to a point where we do them unconsciously. The people in your immediate space know and observe your behaviour from time to time. There’s a high chance that they know you very well, so ask them if you cannot fully grasp it yourself. Listen to their feedback without trying to convince yourself otherwise in order to fit your own expectations.

Meet new people

We live in a digital age where it’s easier to lock ourselves inside and browse through social media platforms all day. Take time to go out and meet new people. You might meet people whom you share similar interests with, and discover new opportunities out there.

Explore your interests

Your purpose is most likely tied to things you enjoy and find interesting. Think of the things that grab your attention when browsing through Twitter or Facebook, or topics you engage mostly with.