Waking up every morning and not knowing where your life is headed, or not knowing where it should be headed, is frightening. We all crave purpose, and when we don’t have it, our entire existence seems to appear meaningless and unimportant to us.
In this article, you’ll find some of the unexpected ways you can discover your purpose.
1. What values, traits, or actions does your ideal self live by?
We all have this ideal self we aspire to become, and when the disparity between who we are in the present and who we want to become is too big, low-self esteem creeps in.
In some cases, the ideal self is overly inflated. To avoid this, business owners use the acronym S.M.A.R.T for setting achievable goals as opposed to unrealistic standards that might cause them to fall flat on their faces.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aspire to reach your ideal, especially if your goals are realistic. By attempting to get to know your ideal self better, you can get a sense of what’s important to you and what’s purposeful.
For example, if your ideal self would spend more time helping those in need or building a business around helping others thrive, what may bring you long-term satisfaction is dedicating more time to serving underprivileged communities.
2. Experiment with different courses of action
Taking action can help you feel more purposeful and confident in your own strengths once you realize you can do something of value.
But that’s not all. You may think a certain career path or form of activism will be rewarding, but there’s only one way to find out if it suits you: by trying it.
Many people end up switching careers, going to college after their 30’s, or experimenting with new lifestyles to find what makes them feel accomplished and purposeful.
3. Ask yourself what’s wrong with the world and attempt to change it
Many of us live in frustration due to external factors. In some cases, it could be the negative people around us, unfair legislation, poverty, or censorship.
No matter what bothers you, always keep in mind that in order to change others, you have to change yourself first.
A sense of purpose makes us feel happy and fulfilled, but sometimes it’s hard to look inside ourselves and find out what career path suits us best, where we should invest most of our time, and what our true values and motivations are.
If you struggle with finding purpose, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for advice and counseling.