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Have you found your purpose in life?

I have written a blog about finding your purpose in life before, but I wanted to write about it again as it’s so important to your sense of wellbeing. Purpose is associated with all kinds of benefits, such as having better health, increased happiness, a longer life and even wealth. How you find purpose can depend on many differing factors, such as your passions, strengths, values and how you find meaning in the things that you do.

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Where do you find your purpose?

People can find purpose through self-reflection, but most of us probably find it in a more meandering way, maybe through a combination of education, experience or encouragement from others. However, finding your purpose can be jump-started by being given the right tools and specific exercises aimed at uncovering what matters to you the most. Having someone you can talk to about this can help you achieve those lightbulb moments.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • How do I go about finding my purpose?
  • Is it something I can develop naturally over the course of a lifetime?
  • Are there steps I can take to encourage more purpose in my life?

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What do you care about?

Think about the world around you, such as your home, community and the world at large. Then visualise what you would do if you had a magic wand and could change anything you wanted to. Then reflect and consider some practical steps you could take to move a little closer to that vision.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • What am I good at?
  • What have I done that gives me the skills that can be used for a good cause?
  • What do I care about in my community or the world?

What are your values?

Prioritising your values will help you to clarify your purpose. It can be hard to single out one or two things that matter the most when we have so much going on in our lives, but taking the time to understand what you value the most  – for example, whether you prize honesty over reliability – will help you to narrow down your purpose in life.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • What do these values say about me as a person?
  • How do these values influence my daily life?
  • How might they relate to what I want to do with the rest of my life?

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What are your strengths?

We all have strengths that we have developed over a lifetime – they help make up our uniqueness. As part of my Wellbeing Life Coaching programme, I ask the women I work with to complete a VIA Character Strengths Survey (a universally used scientific character-analysis assessment). This helps them to identify their personal strengths so they can embrace them more fully and apply them to the things that they are passionate about.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • What am I particularly good at?
  • What do I really enjoy?
  • How will I leave my mark on the world?

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What about volunteering?

Finding purpose involves more than just self-reflection – it’s also about trying out new things and seeing how those activities can enable you to make a meaningful difference to the world. Volunteering for a community organisation focused on something that interests you can provide you with valuable experience and do good at the same time. It’s also much easier to find sustained purpose within a network of likeminded people.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • What do I care about the most in the world?
  • Who would I like to help?
  • How can I help those I care about?

What are your dreams?

You may reflect on all the things you have wanted to do but couldn’t, because of other obligations, such as raising children or pursuing a career. It’s never too late! There is definitely something in visualising what you truly want for yourself that can bring you closer to achieving it. Think back to the  people and experiences you have encountered in the past and identify what it was about them that you would like to explore further.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • What would I do if I had no obligations?
  • What is important to me?
  • What do I really care about and why?

Cultivate positive emotions

To find purpose, it helps to foster positive emotions. Positivity is tied closely to our sense of wellbeing, caring about others and finding meaning in life. Reflecting on the good things in your life will lead you to paying it forward to others, which is how gratitude can lead to purpose. Gratitude can be practised by keeping a gratitude journal or writing a gratitude letter to someone who has helped you in the past.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • What am I grateful for in my life?
  • What three good things have happened to me today?
  • How can I share my gratitude with others?

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Who do you admire?

Sometimes the people we admire most in life give us a clue to how we might want to contribute to a better world ourselves. Reading about the work of civil rights leaders or climate activists can give you a moral uplift. If this feels intimidating, you can look to everyday people who are doing good in smaller ways. Maybe you have a friend who volunteers to collect food for the homeless or a colleague whose work in promoting social justice inspires you.

When reflecting on this, ask yourself:

  • Who do I admire the most in my life?
  • What is it about them I admire?
  • How can they influence the way I live my life?

Finding purpose

To find purpose in your life, you need to look to your inner compass by asking the right questions. By asking the right questions, you will discover your purpose. Then you can start taking small practical steps that will help you to live a more fulfilling life full of gratitude and purpose based on the things that mean the most to you.

If you want to find out more about what I do, then please have a look at my website

www.wellbeinglife.co.uk
or
call me on 07740 457 435
or
email me using my contact form

and book a free (no obligation) one-hour introductory Wellbeing Life Coaching session


As a Wellbeing Life Coach, I cannot praise you highly enough, Jules. THANK YOU.
SarahBristol

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