'What is my purpose?' Is a question asked by most at some point in their life. When a person gets to the self actualisation part (see maslows hierarchy of needs) where all their basic needs are met, and they are more likely to ask the question in the quest to figure out their purpose in life and how to be a better person.
How do we figure out our purpose? What are we here to achieve? Bring to the world.
First of all we should ask what we enjoy. What is it we love to do. That inspires us? That makes us get out of bed every morning? What are our passions? Make a list of all the things that you enjoy, and make it a habit of doing one a day whether it be for 10 mins or an hour eg draw, sing, dance, thank someone, help someone...use your passions to drive you daily and make every day fulfilling.
With this list, notice how all the things on it make you feel. Are you excited to the things on your list? Do you have fear? With each one pay attention to the feeling that comes with it and the thoughts that go along with it. If it actually isn't really something you enjoy, perhaps rethink it as a passion so you have more room to do what you are truly passionate about.
Secondly, who do we admire? What qualities do we admire of them? And how can we aspire to be more like them?
Thirdly, make a list of all the things we do without thinking about? What are our natural talents? Sometimes it helps to ask other people this question. Do you have a caring side? Are you dedicated? Are a great musician? Listener? Athlete? we can use these talents to add meaning to our life. How can we use this to help others? How can we use this to be the best we can be??
Lastly, sometimes fear gets in the way of figuring out our life's purpose. Fear of getting started or fear that it can't be achieved. Try to change your perceptions and see it as a challenge. Enjoy the challenge. Embrace it. Use what you are good at to get what you want. Focus on your strengths, your positive qualities...the things you can do and turn fear into excitement. Excitement that comes from the belly, the feeling that you can achieve anything you out your mind to. Because the basis of any achievement is passion, the internal drive, the motivation. So use your passions to be the best you can be.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.