10 Questions for Finding Your Purpose in Life
Have you ever had that rumbling deep within your soul that just doesn’t seem to rest? It wants belonging, a knowing of purpose and a sense of identity.
It keeps saying ‘there is more..’, it unsettles you because you know it’s time for change…. it calls to you about purpose and who you’re designed to be.
There are 3 stages of awareness for people when it comes to living a fulfilled life. Sadly approximately 80% of people are in the first two categories.
3 Stages of Awareness about Purpose
People who don’t know what they would like to do.
These are the people that are confused. They are always questioning, not really knowing what to do, how to do it, or why they should do anything – they lack a strong sense of purpose. It’s not that they don’t want one or that they’re not looking – they just can’t figure it out.
People who know what they would like to do but don’t do it.
These people are frustrated. Mostly at themselves for not pursuing their purpose. They have this idea in their head but just can’t quite seem to make it happen. They experience the gap between where they are and where they want to go. Sometimes they are afraid of the unknown, of the change that could happen if they do decide to live their purpose.
People who know what they would like to do and do it.
These people know themselves. They have a strong sense of passion and a focus on their purpose that doesn’t let them go off track easily. They apply themselves to learning so they grow, knowing this is the key to them being able to handle living their purpose. This is when they really live the life they were created to live. They experience fulfilment, challenge and satisfaction.
What stage do you think you're at?
Reflections of a personal journey
I can tell you that I spent a lot of time in the first stage. Confused, couldn’t work out what I was meant to do with my life. It’s a terrible place to be in your head – especially when your heart and soul are pulling at you to be more but you just can’t figure it out.
I’d like to tell you I skipped the second category but that wouldn’t be true. Once I had an inkling of my purpose and what my life should look like I got stuck. I wallowed in doubts, procrastination and fear. I also felt unsure, doubting that I was ready to really do what I wanted to do.
There was a big gap between my dream and my reality – I had no idea how to bridge the gap. But I decided not to give up.
Determination and persistence helped to reveal not only my purpose but also the way to move forward. God was gracious and lead me on a journey of understanding. I made a deliberate decision to start to grow towards the fulfilment of what I knew to be right.
I discovered strategies and new ways of thinking that expanded my knowledge and experience. As I pursued personal and spiritual growth, connected with people that could help me and spent time improving the way I thought, things started to change in and for me.
The Path is Made Clear As You Walk It Out
There’s some questions I've listed below to help you think about how you might build your confidence and experience finding your purpose. It’s not an easy process to do on your own, it takes the right kind of prompting and the development of self-awareness to really ‘see’.
That's why the coaching relationship is invaluable because with the targeted questions and discovered insights truth becomes apparent. Ultimately, the answers are within you, the yearning and desires are just signs that it’s bursting to come out.
Grab a notebook and pen. Take some time, read the questions out loud first and then write your answer with your first reaction. Don't sensor yourself or make assumptions about the realities and practicalities.
10 questions for finding your purpose in life
1. Do you like what you're doing now?
2. What would you like to do?
3. Can do you what you would like to do? What talents, skills and opportunities do you possess that support your desire to do it?
4. Do you know WHY you want to do what you would like to do?
5. Do you know WHAT to do so you can do what you want to do? How are you going to develop more awareness, action and accountability to reach your desired goal?
6. Do you know people who do what you'd like to do?
7. Should you do what you'd like to do with them? Are they able to coach, mentor or train you?
8. Will you pay the price to do what you want to do? It's going to take money, time and effort. How willing are you to experience the cost to achieve your dream?
9. When can you start doing what you'd like to do? Hint: make a decision to start - don't try to figure it all out before you get going.
10. What will it be like when you get to do what you want to do?
Write your answers down and revisit them
Return to your answers over time. Expand on your insights and thoughts some more. The path will become clearer and clearer as you mature and experience the results of your decisions.
Talk to someone if you can, start to verbalise your thoughts and desires. Don’t allow fear to hold you back and try not to speak words that create doubt or undermine your passions before you’ve even released them.
Remember, you have the power to decide to really go after a life full of purpose. YOU have to make the decision to live your best life.
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