Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions in life without a clear sense of direction or purpose? Studies have shown that having a purpose in life is essential for living a longer and more fulfilling life, but figuring out your purpose can be a real challenge. This article will help you discover the purpose of your life. I’ve put together a step-by-step process that can help you answer the question of what your purpose is by exploring your thoughts and feelings. By the end of this post, you’ll have a helpful tool to employ in your life and give it a meaningful direction.

Use these three steps to discover the purpose of your life:

  1. Understanding the principle of choice
  2. Creating your “underlying principle”
  3. Aligning your life with this underlying principle

Understanding The Principle of Choice

First, we’ll start with understanding the principle of choice. Being intentional with your choices is essential because it proclaims your desires to your subconscious mind, manifesting them in your life. 

So make a list of things that interest you, that you enjoy, and that help you feel better and inspire you to keep moving forward, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature? Does being by the ocean move you? Do you enjoy helping others? 

Whatever it is that interests you, write it down and answer these questions:

  • What thing do you love to do?
  • What is it that you love in this thing, and why?

Creating Your Underlying Principle

Next, I’ll guide you through creating your underlying principle. Examine the list you just made and see if there are any recurring themes. It could be that contribution keeps coming up or spending time with children. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of what you love to do and put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your Mission Statement. Of course, as you age and go through life’s chapters, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Then make a list of your personal values, your core beliefs that guide your life. Companies have mission statements and core values. People have them too, but often we aren’t consciously aware of them. Take the time to think about yours and write them down. Are there any you want to change?

Aligning Your Life With Your Underlying Principle

Lastly, try to align your daily life with your underlying principles. This is the final step in mapping your path to your ultimate goal and living it out every day. A common source of stress in our lives is living in conflict with our underlying principles. If you are in a job that doesn’t align with your mission statement, it may be time to consider a change. If your interactions with others conflict with your personal values, strive to change those interactions.

So, if you’re ready to find your purpose and live your best life, I encourage you to follow the steps I’ve outlined above. Remember, “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”- Steve Maraboli

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