With so many chances, why is it that so few of us truly awaken and live a purpose-filled life? Don’t overthink this question—the answer is much simpler than many of us imagine.
The reason we haven’t unleashed the power within is because we have forgotten who and what we are. From the time we’re born, we’re trained to believe the world is a limited place, governed by rules we have to follow, and “facts” we must accept as true.
Slowly but surely, we’re groomed to believe that in order to be happy and “successful” we have to color inside the lines others have drawn for us. The trouble is, those who have drawn the lines for us have also forgotten their power. As it goes, we end up in a cycle—both as individuals and as a species.
We go to college, work jobs we don’t enjoy, and fill our lives with “stuff.” After each perceived achievement—no matter how many promotions we get, degrees we earn, or possessions we amass—we still feel empty. Deep within, we long for something more. But we don’t know where to begin, or how to uncage ourselves.
If this resonates with you, it may be time to evaluate whether your current path is leading you toward the life you desire. Let’s explore three ways to get started.
If you ever find yourself asking, “Who am I?” or “What’s my purpose in life?” you’re not alone. These are universal questions that we all grapple with from time to time, and they’re not always easy to answer—especially if we’re feeling out of touch with ourselves.
To begin the journey of rediscovery, take time to explore your inner self, identify your core values, and connect with your passions and interests.
As you engage in self-reflection, consider asking yourself probing questions such as:
How can I cultivate more happiness and joy in my life?
What values do I hold dear? And how do these values shape my decisions and actions?
What kind of an impact do I want to make on the world?
How can I align my actions with my deepest values and beliefs?
What brings me fulfillment? Why?
Once you have a clearer understanding of who you are and what you want from life, you can take action. For example, if you discover that helping others brings you joy and fulfillment, you might consider volunteering at a local charity or food bank. Or, if you have a passion for writing, you might set a goal to start writing a book or a blog.
Visualize Your Ideal Life
Visualizing the life you want to live is a powerful technique that can help you gain clarity on your aspirations and take inspired action toward achieving them. Rather than focusing on material possessions, draw your attention to how you want to feel and the experiences you want to have.
To begin, find a quiet place where you can fully relax and tune in to your inner self. Close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by the people you love, doing work that brings you fulfillment and joy, and engaging in activities that excite and inspire you.
Engage all of your senses as you do your visualization to make the experience as real and immersive as possible. Feel the emotions associated with living your ideal life, such as joy, excitement, contentment, and fulfillment. This can help you connect with your desires on a deeper level and activate the power of your subconscious mind to bring them to fruition.
After you complete your visualization, take some time to reflect on the experience by journaling. Allow yourself to express your thoughts and emotions, and describe the experience in detail. Doing this can help you solidify the vision and use it as a guide for your actions and decisions.
Break Free from the Status Quo
Step out of your comfort zone and try things you normally wouldn’t, without being limited by fear or judgment. Doing this is a key component of personal growth and can help you discover more about yourself and your purpose.
You can start small by setting a goal to experience one new activity each week. This could be enrolling in an online course or workshop that interests you, trying a new fitness activity, or exploring a new hobby that excites you. For example, if you've always been interested in photography, you could sign up for a photography course at a local community college or community center. Or, if you're passionate about animal welfare, you could volunteer at a local animal shelter or wildlife rescue organization.
When trying new things, it's important to approach them with an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow. Embrace the discomfort and challenge of new experiences as opportunities for growth and discovery. Remember, trying new things doesn't have to be perfect or even successful, but it should be an opportunity to explore and learn more about yourself.
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with messages about what success looks like, it can be easy to lose sight of our true purpose in life. But the truth is, living a purpose-filled life is simpler than we imagine. It starts with rediscovering who we are and what we truly desire. By visualizing our ideal life and taking steps to align our actions with our goals, we can break free from the cycle of conformity and live a life that brings us joy and fulfillment.
So take the first step and evaluate whether your current path is leading you toward the life you desire. And remember, the journey toward self-discovery is ongoing, so embrace the opportunities to try new things, learn and grow, and create a life that reflects your truest self.