By Victoria Mills
People from all walks of life share an innate drive for meaning, direction and purpose. Yet in our daily lives there may be a feeling that something is missing. It may feel like a puzzle with missing pieces or you have a sense that there is something you are meant to do with you life, but can’t quite grasp what it is. We work, rest, eat, play and sleep, make money and spend it, have pleasures and challenges, but our recognition of our life purpose may still elude us.
This drive to understand our life purpose seems as important to our own psychological growth as eating is to our biological survival. We are often driven by the question: “What is my life purpose?”
Although the other thought is that many of us don’t consciously recognize or acknowledge that we even have a specific life purpose. Yet our subconscious knows what we are here to do. It reaches out to us in so many different ways, sending messages to us through our dreams, intuitions, and innermost longings.
If you are still questioning whether you are living your purpose or don’t understand why you are feeling ‘empty’ inside, a simple test is to review the questions below and check in with yourself to find the inspiration to move forward and start to explore living your purpose.
IF MORE THAN ONE OF THESE TOPICS RING TRUE, IT’S TIME TO CREATE AN ACTION.
The call of our destiny manifests our deepest drives and desires and abilities — often the hidden force behind our personality. For those of us who openly search for our deepest desires and qualities, these drives and desires shape our career and relationships and influence the quality and direction of our life.
We all have something unique that makes us special. What I think we need to do is VALUE whatever that is. It might be to make people laugh, to be a wonderful homemaker, a great lover, a singer, a superb listener, or a beautiful face that graces magazine covers. Discovering what it is you are good at and accepting your gifts is a magical discovery. So many of us have these great gifts like being able to make craft items, or the ability to be a fabulous dressmaker and we judge it and say, “But that isn’t it. I want to be a movie star,” or “How do I make lot of money using this?” We reject what is our gift so often and do not value what makes us special.
We all have different purposes and abilities to ‘live’ our life purpose. So, what is it that you bring to life that is special about you and adds a contribution to the planet and to your life? Spend time really noticing what it is for you.
When you start to identify your gifts and what you love to do, it is wise to push it one step further and identify exactly what is it about you that you bring to the world.
What is it you bring to your family? What is it you bring to work? What is it you bring to your partnerships and friendships? It may be different in differing places but there will most likely be a theme.
Spend time asking yourself what is it I am here to do? We often get stuck thinking it has to be grand and exciting. Be honest with yourself about what makes your heart sing. The main thing to remember is that it will come in the humblest of ways and that you need to start somewhere.
Steps To Discover Your Life Purpose:
1. KNOW YOUR GIFTS
We must become aware of what makes us special. We know we are all special but what is it about me that is uniquely mine and that I can share in the world? We all have love and light to share but there might be other gifts you can share with the people whom you touch. Start to distinguish what are your gifts. Start looking at your life and the things you have loved to do and when you were happiest.
One of the most important things we all forget to do is acknowledging self, daily or weekly — we have not been taught how to do this so the first step with YOU is to become aware and also acknowledge self. Take time out to congratulate you for everything you are and everything you do. As you do this you will find your mood lift and your energy improve. It is amazing how uncomfortable we feel doing this so watch your discomfort.
2. DISCOVER WHO YOU ARE
3. WRITE A PRESS RELEASE WITH YOU LIVING YOUR IDEAL LIFE
Write a press release about you! What does your ideal day look like? Write a description of a perfect day in your life. Read back over your vision and print it out. Place it somewhere where you can read it each day and remind yourself of your desire to live your purpose. Remember you love yourself 100 percent when answering these questions.
4. CREATE AN ACTION PLAN
Create an action plan of when you are going to start living your unique purpose.
For example, if your purpose is to work with flowers and you have secretly desired owning your own florist and you want to decorate beautiful homes and bring happiness to yourself and those around you, then start being an example of this! Write a plan of strategy that you can start to take steps towards your goal!
5. CREATE A VISION BOARD OF LIFE PURPOSE
Create a wheel of fortune, cut out pictures of everything you wish to create. Visualize this daily and imagine your success. Look at your wheel of fortune and see yourself experiencing all that you have on your vision board.
Get rid of what you do not want, this will make room for what you do WANT in your life and create the SPACE for it to come in. For example: clothes, people, furniture, debts, home, negative thoughts, unfulfilling job, etc.
7. BE GRATEFUL
Each night write out 3 things you are grateful for in your life. Remember the universe will give you more of what you appreciate.