You’ve probably heard and read about purpose from several sources. It’s a common topic, but have you ever thought about your purpose in life? I’m sure you have; a few times in high school, some in college, and some more after that. Why can’t we stop thinking about our purpose? The reason is because it is our reason to live and it gives us meaning and direction. Here are a few more things that you should know about purpose.
Purpose And Goal Are Not The Same
Your purpose in life, though it may seem like your life goal, it isn’t. Purpose is not the same with a goal. The purpose is the reason why you have goals. A goal is what you set to achieve your purpose in life. Also, goals have deadlines but a purpose doesn’t really have a specific due date.
Perhaps an example will make the distinction much clearer. Let’s say your purpose in life is to become happy. From this, you can then set goals that will make you reach that happiness, such as fulfilling your dreams one by one. These dreams can be anything, from getting a house of your own, to founding your own charity organization.
You May Not Find Your Purpose Right Away
That’s right. Your purpose in life can come to you at a later time in your life. If you feel like your friends are having the time of their lives and living meaningful lives, and you aren’t, don’t worry too much about it. You may just be in a purpose block if I may call it. It’s when you feel like life is empty and there is no point to the things you’re doing. Fortunately, just like writer’s block, there is a way around it. You can do something about this and that’s to get to know yourself a bit more or confront yourself.
When you get to know yourself a bit more, you begin to understand your inner self and sooner or later, you will realize what you truly want to do with your life. In order to get in touch with yourself, you can engage in activities that help you become aware of things about you. A paper and pen exercise such as those described in the article 3 Ways to Find Your Purpose are great exercises to start with. You could also become more conscious of the things you do and their implications to you personally. Meaning, whether you like or not and why it is so.
As for confronting yourself, this lets you think of your purpose head on. You can do this by simply completing the statement “My purpose in life is to ____.” When you complete the statement and you agree with it wholeheartedly, you could have found your purpose in life.
These are just some of the many things you will learn about purpose. Some of these things, you’ll learn once you arrive at a purpose that you feel passion for and you’ll aim at for the rest of your life.