"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
Have you ever asked yourself, "What is my purpose here on this big spinning globe?"
Unfortunately, so many people never discover the true answer. They go through life aimlessly without ever finding their true purpose.
The most successful people in the world are those who spend the most time thinking about who they are and where they are going. They reevaluate their progress as it relates to who want to be and what they want most out of life. They spend their days working towards their goals.
Some of the most important questions you can ever ask yourself are questions like “What is my life purpose?” “What do I really want to do with my life?” or “Why am I here?”
In order to find the answers to those questions, you must be willing to be quiet with yourself ... to listen to your inner self (the one that so often gets silenced in this busy world.
What is my Life Purpose?
The starting point to great success is for you to realize that you are an amazing and unique person! Think about it – there has never been another person in the world just like you, and there never ever will be. You have thoughts, skills, and ideas that make you completely different than the millions of people around you. You have the ability to do big things with your life. You have the capacity within you, RIGHT NOW, to accomplish all of your goals – no matter what those goals are.
You are designed perfectly to go after your dream. No one else is engineered just like you. Pretty cool, right?
You Were Meant for Something Amazing
I believe that each of us has a life purpose. We were put on this earth to do something wonderful. Our job is to figure out what that wonderful thing is….and then throw our heart and energy into doing it…and doing it well.
If you still have some doubts, you are lacking the one characteristic that successful people possess….which is clarity. The happiest and most successful people are absolutely clear about what they stand for and believe in. They know where they are going and why they are going there. They know their life purpose. And you need this kind of clarity as well.
Everyone's Purpose is Different
There is a common myth that a life purpose be something on a grand scale. People often believe that they must solve world hunger or find the cure for cancer in order to live a life of meaning. But it simply isn't true.
So many people make a difference every day. Most often our true calling in life is right under our noses. We just don't see it. When you find your life purpose, you will unlock the ultimate secret to living a meaningful life.
You may not solve illiteracy, but you can find your life purpose in reading to the children at church or your own children at home.
You may not find the cure to cancer, but you may find your life purpose in making terminal patients laugh in their last days.
You can make a big difference every single day. You can touch the hearts of thousands of people and live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Success doesn’t mean that you are worth millions of dollars. Success doesn’t mean you are a famous actress or president of the US.
Success comes in many different forms. It all depends how you define it. Ultimately, success means that you are living a life with your unique purpose.
Be Quiet with Yourself
Do you regularly take the time to be quiet and listen to your subconscious mind?
Meditation is difficult for many people. We are conditioned to live in a fast paced world that goes by at amazing speeds. Oftentimes this means that taking the time to slow down is viewed as a waste of time.
Being quiet with yourself and listening to your soul is the best way to discover your life purpose. We were born with the knowledge of our purpose, but you have to listen to uncover it.
If you are one of the many people who has not found their purpose in life, don't worry. It is not too late. You can take simple steps to start finding it today.
1) Dedicate some time every day to be quiet with yourself. It can be 5-10 minutes if that is all the time you have. Listen. Quiet your thoughts. Breathe deeply.
2) Answer the following questions. Write down your answers on piece of paper which you can keep close (in your purse/wallet/desk)
- What are your unique personal qualities? What are you good at? (List two)
- How do you enjoy expressing those qualities? (List one or two)
3) Take daily inspired action. Whatever thoughts came to you during step 1 typically bring an inspired action. It may not happen at first, but as you get more comfortable listening to your inner self, those actions will come naturally. When they do, pay attention. Take action every day - even if it is a small action that is in alignment with your life purpose.
How Yoga Fits In
My personal favorite way to get in tune with my deepest desires and life purpose is through yoga. Yoga is known as moving meditation, and it has been proven to quiet and relax your mind and body.
Yogis all over the world credit their consistent yoga practice to discovering and staying in tune with their life purpose.
So, give yoga a try. Not only will you condition your body and reduce stress (among many other benefits), but you may just find your true calling ... your life purpose!