‘The meaning of life is to give life meaning’
~ Viktor E Frankl
How do we discover our real purpose in life? Not what job we think we should do, or how to spend our time, not even our long term goals. The real reason why we’re on the planet. Our purpose for existing. What we want to be remembered for. What we want to be known for. What contribution we want to make to the world.
Rather than going through life on autopilot leaving these things to chance, it’s about taking control and hunting out opportunities that will enrich our lives and add a sense of meaning.
Some people can go through life, never discovering their true purpose. Meaning is what we make it and it is different for everyone. Once we understand our own meaning, we can start to incorporate it into our lives.
How do we find our true meaning?
1) Be intentional
Don’t leave your life to chance, figure out what you want and make it happen. Living a life of purpose reflects who you are, your principles, beliefs, values and passion for living. It is about following your heart and doing what you love to do with passion and purpose. This doesn’t happen by luck, it happens by design. Maybe it could happen by chance but if you create your own vision for your life you can drive things to happen more intentionally.
2) Know yourself
To understand what your life purpose is you need to be really clear about what makes you tick. What are you good at, what are you passionate about, what makes you happy, what do you believe in, what fulfills you? Try writing your Book of Life to help you consider all these things to figure out what is important to you.
3) Figure out how to fit purpose into your life
Once you understand what you’re passionate about and what is important to you, you can then decide how to incorporate it into your life. There are many ways to fit meaning into your life. It doesn’t necessarily mean a complete transformation. Maybe you can make some small changes to give you what you need in your current circumstances. It’s not usually something that happens overnight but over a much longer period of time.
4) Have self belief
Thing big. Reach for the stars. Realise that you can do whatever you set your mind too. Nothing is too big. Living your life with meaning is not something that only happens to other people, it’s something that you can make happen for yourself. Self-value and believing in yourself is essential if you want to find meaning in your life.
5) Build fulfilling relationships
Living a life full of meaning requires having awesome people around you. Surround yourself with inspirational people and build strong relationships with them to help enable you to have a more meaningful life. Life starts to have more meaning when you are sharing your journey with others.
6) Take action
Once you’ve figured everything out, you need to make it happen. This works by taking action. You can take small steps, and make small changes, you don’t need to make massive changes. Don’t hesitate, don’t wait, start today. Take the first step towards achieving your dreams.
Is your life filled with purpose? How did you achieve it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.