Have you ever felt like your life doesn’t have a purpose? Maybe you’re working at a job you hate, or maybe you feel like you have no direction at all.
Well, we’ve got good news — you’re not alone. In fact, most people struggle to find their purpose in life at one point or another.
But that doesn’t mean that there’s no solution! We’ve found some exercises and ideas that can help bring clarity to finding your true calling in life. They’ve worked for us and we hope they’ll work for you, too.
1. Think Back to Your Childhood
What did you like to do? What did you like to learn? What did you like to watch? What did you like to play with?
It’s likely that the answers are not what they are today, but they can still provide clues about your interests and preferences.
When we were young, we didn’t have any concerns or worries about what others thought of us — so if something made us happy, we’d do it. We played with whatever toys or games interested us at the time, regardless of whether they were “cool” or “in.”
And, although our tastes may have changed over time, there is often a thread connecting those early experiences back then all the way up until today — and this thread might just be pointing toward some important clues about your purpose in life!
2. Reflect on Your Relationships
A good way to find out what you believe in is to think about the people around you. Do you have a close relationship with your family? How about with your friends and partners? What are the values that guide their lives? What is important to them?
Reflect on the world around you. Think about the things that make up our society, like government policies and laws, cultural norms and traditions, economic systems (businesses), etc.
These are all aspects of our larger culture which we take for granted but may not always agree with or understand why they exist — this can be a great place for self-reflection!
3. Ask Yourself if You’re Being Honest with Yourself
Often, we’re not being honest with ourselves. We tell ourselves stories about why we can’t do something or that it’s not important.
In reality, these are just excuses we use to avoid taking action and making changes in our lives.
So start by asking yourself if you’re being honest with yourself and if what you say to yourself is important.
4. Look Inside and Listen Carefully
When we’re feeling a bit lost and don’t know where to go, it’s helpful to listen inside. Our inner voice is the best guide because it speaks directly to our heart.
The voice inside can tell us that something isn’t right or that there’s something better out there for us. It will also let us know when we’ve found our purpose in life!
Here are some other ways you can start listening:
Listen to your intuition: your intuition is the small voice inside that lets you know what feels right or wrong at any given moment. The next time you’re faced with a decision, see if there’s an intuitive response telling you which way to go—and then choose that path!
Listen with your heart: when it comes down to making big decisions about our lives and careers, we need guidance from within — and this often comes through our feelings rather than rational thought. In fact, sometimes all of those thoughts bouncing around in your brain are just distractions from what really matters: listening carefully so as not miss anything important.
Listen to common sense: when people ask me how I know when I’ve found my purpose in life without having any answers yet, I always tell them “listen carefully to common sense”, especially when making big decisions about things like career changes.
5. Speak to a Coach
Another way to find your purpose is to speak with a coach. Why? Because it’s important to find someone you can trust, who will be honest with you, and will help you figure out what matters most in your life.
What does a coach do? Coaches are trained professionals who have the skills and experience necessary to help people reach their goals and live happy lives. They help people identify their strengths and weaknesses so they can overcome challenges in life as well as at work.
Remember that finding your purpose in life is not always easy. It may take years for you to find the answer and even longer for others. But if you keep searching, eventually you will find it and begin living a more fulfilled life as a result.