Figure Out Your Life Purpose With These 9 Questions
With every passing year, I seem to contemplate more and more about my "life purpose". What is my mission in life and more importantly, am I on the right track? I stumbled upon this great article by Brianna Wiest from Bustle entitled "How To Figure Out What You're 'Meant' To Do" and thought the questions she prompted were so thought provoking, that I must share her wisdom and insight. Briana gives 9 questions to help you figure out what you should be doing with your life.
1. What Are You Good At Doing?
Make a list of these things, even if at first, it seems unlikely you can make a living out of it! If you're a perfectionist like me, ask a close friend or relative, as their insights could reveal things that you may have overlooked.
2. What Do You Like To Do?
Make another list with the things you really like to spend your time on. Hint...what are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
3. Are There Similarities Between What You're Good At Doing and What You Enjoy Doing?
This is a great exercise to see if there are overlaps between what you're good at doing (from question 1) and what you like to do (from question 2). If there are any overlaps, circle them as they are a good indication of what you need to be focusing on in your life! Okay, now is the part when the questions get a little morbid...but hopefully, it will lead to you looking at the bigger picture of your life, as a whole.
4. Imagine Yourself Near The End Of Your Life.... What Would You Be Proud To Leave Behind?
What type of legacy do you want to leave for your family, your close friends and those people and organizations that are near and dear to your heart?
5. What Do You Want To Be Remembered For After You Die?
If this doesn't force you to look at the big picture, I'm not sure what will. Personally for me, I get so caught up in my job or work that I forget that the last thing I want to be remembered for was if I was a good employee. There is so much more to life than just working, especially for someone else!
6. What Makes You Feel At Peace?
Brianna specifies in her article that the feeling should be peaceful - not necessarily "happy" or "joyful", as she feels those feelings can be fleeting. What accomplishments have you completed in the past that bring you a sense of fulfillment and peace?
7. What Did You Dream Of Doing As A Child?
When Brianna speaks of childhood dreams, she is really looking for what the dreams symbolize. Growing up, I always wanted to be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, but I hate football and would consider myself an introvert. (So, obviously, not a good candidate!) However, if you look past the job and see what the job symbolizes, you'll see that I dreamed of serving others, being helpful and encouraging others to win.
8. If You Could Choose What You Do Every Day, What Would It Be?
For me, this question varies day by day because I have so many hobbies and interests! I haven't been able to define exactly what I would do every day, assuming it is the same thing. But I actually found it easier to define what I didn't want to do and am actively working to help eliminate (or outsource) those activities and demands from my daily schedule. This questions really digs into an important concept, and that is - taking control of your time and living the life you want! (Vs. the alternative of letting others dictate and control your life's schedule for you!)
9: How Would You Describe Your Best Self?
Knowing the answers to all prior eight questions will help you define what your best self is, the activities you need to focus on to live your life with meaning and purpose. Write it down and look at it often, so you remember who you are and where you're going!
Source: Brianna Wiest's article "How To Figure Out What You're 'Meant' To Do"