Here are some ideas for you to discover your life’s purpose.
By asking yourself the following questions, you may uncover surprising details which will help you realize what turns on your attention and heightens your awareness, finding yourself engaging in practices where time just seems to not exist when you are in the zone.
It is advised that you not just answer these questions in your head, you will enhance and increase the benefits from this exercise by writing your answers.
What really inspires and engages you?
This question may be a little difficult to answer but you may find the answer after you finish the rest of the questions. However, you need to be very clear about where you get your inspiration from. What are the types of things you find engaging and exciting?
If you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
Many people don’t do things because they are afraid to fail or they have failed in the past. If there is something that you would do for sure if you knew there isn’t a chance whatsoever of failing what would that be?
If you were forced to start over again, what would you do?
Many people find themselves in situations where they have fallen into a situation where they are not doing as they wish they were. They go to work because they have to not enjoying a single day of it. If you started over again would you take advantage of the new beginning or would you go back to where you are? What would you do?
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?
Many people have dreams they wish to pursue but they never attempt to move forward with the dreams because they cannot afford to get started. Think of what you would love to do if you had the money to do it. This can be anything.
What is your biggest dream?
If you have a big dream, what is it? There must be something you really want to do that you dream about.
Think about this one thing and focus on it.
What is the biggest barrier stopping you from following your dream?
Name all of the things that have caused you to not follow your big dreams. These things could be people who do not support you, money, fears, and other things. There are many different types of barriers which can be overcome. You might not see opportunity or success with your dreams or you may fear that people would make fun of you. You might not even be skilled and lack talent. These could be barriers causing you not to move forward.
What passion are you afraid of owning or admitting?
Many people have dreams and passions they are afraid to talk about out of fear of being made fun of by other people. You might think your passion is silly to other people. What is this one thing?
As a child, what did you really want to be?
Did you have dreams of becoming someone as a child and it didn’t turn out quite as expected? Do you still wonder what it would have been like if you did follow your dreams as a child? If you had the opportunity, would you follow this dream today?
If you were going to die in the near future, what would you regret not doing?
Many people have regrets when they realize they are going to die real soon. It is often too late for many people to go back and change the things they missed out on. They would have lived their lives completely differently if they had the chance. If a doctor told you that you hadn’t any time left but a few weeks, then what would your regrets be? What would you want to do before your time was up?
Now that you have answered these questions you should have a good idea of some of the things that make you happy and your dreams. You need to have a clear idea of the things you have always dreamed to do. Just think about if you won the lottery and what you would do with the money. What would you do with yourself? Knowing these things is very important.
Other things to consider are:
Peak Experiences and Existing Talents
Your capabilities are very important when you are thinking about taking your dreams and making something of them. You need to think about peak experiences and existing talents you have that you can use toward the benefit of making your dreams come true. This can also help you build the confidence you need to be successful.
Your peak experiences include times in your life where you excelled. You don’t have to have won an award.
These peak experiences include the best times of your life. What are some of the things you have done in your life that you really enjoyed you wish you could do again? Consider some of the accomplishments you have made. You might have built things in the past when you were younger.
Existing talents you have today can be used to help you achieve your goals. Are you good at organizing or marketing? You might be good at something you don’t even realize you are good at. These things could be making announcements about events, making phone calls, baking, gardening, and more.
You don’t have to have an expert talent. You may have the knowledge about something that you enjoy very much. Maybe you have an interest that you like to read about and this is your hidden passion.
Think about something you are very knowledgeable about because you choose to be, not because you are required to be at work.
Some of the highest times in your life may be the passion you wish you had back in your life. You might have used to be a runner and always wanted to win the New York City Marathon but now you are a smoker and have written that dream off years ago. That doesn’t mean you cannot get back into shape and go for your big dream.
Everyone is good at something. If you don’t have a hobby like making candles, beaded jewelry, or working on cars on the weekends it doesn’t mean you don’t have a skill. This just means that you haven’t quite figured out what your skill is yet. You need to know what it is that interests you the most. The majority of people are very good at what they do when they enjoy it.
Make a list and get back to me.