The Underlying Force for Living a Life You Love
Apr 24, 2018
If there’s ONE thing that you should focus on in order to get the biggest wellbeing bang for your buck... it’s increasing your sense of purpose in life.
Out of all the various factors that impact your quality of life… this is the one that has the most weight and it’s the one I’m most passionate about.
Some of you who are reading this might think that “finding your purpose” is BS, “pie in the sky” or something reserved for the millennial generation 🙄 who don’t know what “real work” is all about.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
➡ ➡ According to research, having a sense of purpose in life, a reason for living, or an authentic source of motivation to get out of bed in the morning - affects absolutely everything from your stress and energy levels, ability to sleep, daily emotions, peace of mind, ability to appreciate life, your relationship with your spouse, and even your overall lifespan.📈
Not to mention, that aside from the research, it just feels a whole lot better to know that your existence matters.
I feel like most of what we read or hear about “finding your purpose” sounds like something that’s just “nice to have.” Or that it’s something that only happens to some of the lucky few who are fortunate enough to figure out their purpose for being on the planet.
But instead, it should be something that we are ALL relentlessly working towards, and committed to figuring out.
So what do I mean by “finding your purpose?” 🤔
Well, I don’t mean that you need to be the next Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi.
Understanding your purpose in life is about finding the proper use of your natural, innate, and unique talents that serve the world in a positive way. It means being able to put your unique story and defining experiences to greater use. It means identifying the things you’re most passionate about and exploring those passions on a daily basis.
For some people that purpose is empowering women👭, for others, it’s building businesses, or it could be being an amazing mother or father.
The key is to identify it and live it daily. It’s got to be operating in the background at all times. You wake up feeling it. It comes across in who you’re being. It works its way into conversations and people can sense that it’s part of who you are.
When your purpose is integrated into the very fabric of your being… that’s how you can reap all the benefits. It’s what enables you to go to sleep feeling full, and with a smile on your face. It causes you to treat strangers better, along with your family and friends 👩❤️💋👨. You don’t feel the need to “get anywhere” because you’re enjoying the journey as much as the destination.
It doesn’t matter what it is, only that it’s real for you or that you are committed to discovering what it is…. even if it takes a lifetime to figure out... because even the process of discovering it is more worth it than living a life of complacency. And doing so will not just serve you, but it will serve the world.
📚There’s a quote that I love from one of my favorite books, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl that says...
“The uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how."
If this topic is especially of interest to you - I've just created a new Facebook Group called "Legacy Builders" in order to facilitate further dialogue on how you can identify and live your purpose. Check it out.
Yes, Keep Me Updated!
Want to get notified of the next blog post?
Click the button below to get free wellbeing resources and the latest content.