Looking For Ways To Find Your Purpose? Grab a Notebook
Here’s the thing about your purpose: you probably won’t find it in a blog post. You definitely won’t find it on some list aptly titled “The Top 10 Ways To Discover Your Purpose,” and there is no one-size-fits-all definitive guide or handbook on the subject. Plus, we don’t know a thing about you (other than the fact that you have great taste in blogs), and it would be rude of us to preach about a path that only you can discover.
But there is one thing we can do to get you thinking: ask a series of questions that might unlock new language or nuggets of wisdom you hadn’t previously considered. So, here they are. We hope you make some discoveries!
Where are you at in your career?
Do you have one?
Is it something you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life?
No? Then what would you rather be doing right now?
Did today truly matter?
What would make it matter?
Picture getting the most satisfying sleep of your life. What led to that?
What did this perfect day look like that allowed you to sleep so soundly?
What’s the one thing that you get resentful about if you don't have time for?
Is it ridiculous? Frivolous? Artistic? Lazy?
If your favorite thing is reading, or watching Netflix, or slamming people on Twitter, what does that say about you?
Do you simply do this thing to relax, or is there a deeper motivation?
What was the last thing you created?
Is something holding you back from creating more of it?
Is it simply a matter of not having time, or are other factors at play?
Fear? Doubt? Insecurity? Stress? Resources?
Do you believe that you won’t be able to make money off of your creations?
If so, why?
Have you tried to see if there’s a market for what you do?
Is there something you’ve wanted to try but haven’t? Why not?
Why haven’t you picked up that pen or paintbrush or sauté pan?
Do you think it’s too late for you to learn a new trade?
How will that decision dictate the rest of your life?
If you think it’s too late today, what does that say about tomorrow?
What are you fighting for? Anything?
What are you against? What do you hate?
What makes you sick inside?
If you could change one thing about your community, what would it be?
What about your city, or your job, or your art?
What industries are you attracted to? What’s wrong with them? How would you fix them?
Does your dream job exist?
If not, can you create it out of thin air? Who might it serve?
What would the physical offer look like?
What’s your best quality? What about your worst quality?
What’s the weirdest thing about you? Do you embrace it, or are you embarrassed?
Of the five senses, which is your favorite?
If you lived 100 years ago and you could pick a trade, what would it be?
Does that trade still exist? How has it evolved? How deep do the roots go?
Who’s your best friend? What do they bring out in you that others do not?
Are you better when you’re around them?
What would your life look like if you acted and felt that way all the time?
When was the last time you inspired someone?
What did you say or do?
Who’s your favorite company or brand?
What do you love about them?
What scares you the most?
How can you be your own hero and face that fear?
What is your kernel of truth?
What do you want on your tombstone?