Every one of us lives our lives the way we want to live them. Some like doing the same job so they continue on doing it, while there are others who want to do something of their own so they become entrepreneurs, however, there is a large majority of people who do not know what they want to do in life. They are neither satisfied in a conventional job nor do they want to try out the rush of being an entrepreneur. Thus, such people are missing the purpose of their life.
Finding the purpose of life is easier said than done. Some know from the day they come to senses that what they want to be while there are others who spend their whole lives finding the purpose. Therefore, finding a purpose is imperative and psychologists have explained different ways of finding purpose. In the lines below I shall discuss the simplest way of finding purpose in life and making it worthwhile.
The way of finding purpose in life starts by making three lists. The type of the lists and the kind of content they should contain are as under:
The first list should be about your passions. The passions refer to the things that you enjoy the most. These are the activities that make you happy and spending time on which is your first priority when selecting between different things to do. Thus, the first thing you need to do is list down all your passions, the games you play, the kinds of books you read, the topics you discuss, or the things that your mind and heart support simultaneously. Write down all these things and make a list of them.
The other list that you need to make pertaining to finding purpose in life is the genius list. This list must contain all the things that you do without thinking, or in other words, all your talents. In this regard, you can take help from others, as they are more aware of the talents of a person compared to the person himself. Therefore ask them about your talents, it can be your sense of humor, the eye you have for beauty, the attention to detail, hard work, smart work or good managerial qualities. Therefore, try and identify your genius elements and list them down.
The third type of list that you need to make is that it consists of names of all the people you idealize and the actions they did which inspire you. Thus, sit for a while and first recall the names of all the people that inspire you. Once you have listed down their names, and then against their name write the particular actions or attributes of theirs that inspire you. Thus, this way makes a list of all the actions that inspire you in a person.
Once the lists are in front of you, the next thing which you need to do is to make a combination of different components from every list. For instance, you can take a passion, relate it with some genius of yours and try to act upon it in a way you like. Thus, create your combinations and try all the components of the lists. Once you have tried a particular combination, take some while off from your routine and think over the kind of feeling that particular combination brought you. The more exhilarated, happy, joyful and enthusiastic you feel in pursuing a combination, and then know that very combination is the purpose you need to take on in life.
Now it’s Your Turn!
Have you ever struggled to find a purpose in life? How did you find your purpose? How did you manage to pursue it? What kind of feeling did pursuing the purpose bring you? I look forward to reading your comments.