3 Ways to Find Your Purpose and Get Motivated

by | May 10, 2017 | Be Active, Mood Modifiers, Self Care | 0 comments

What is your life telling you to do?

What one thing would you be doing right now if you didn’t have to do anything else?

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you need. Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first, because no one else will. In fact, if you’re not clear on what your purpose in life is, you’re in good company. Frequently most people are in the same boat.

Accordingly, here’s the truth. In general, during the time we are on this earth, some things we do are important. At the same time, some are unimportant. In the long run, important things give our lives meaning and happiness. For the most part, the unimportant ones basically kill time.

 

Find What Guides You

Life is a different experience when you know what guides you. All things considered, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 45, 65, or older. Given these thoughts, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you do. 

 

What are your Self-Conversations?

“What do you want to do?” *Shoulder shrug*

“I dunno, whattaya wanna do?” *Shoulder shrug and sigh*

“I dunno; Nothing.”

I’ve had conversations like that myself. Often when we look for “fun” things to do, we only think of passive, or expensive options. As examples, going somewhere; to a ballgame, on vacation, or to a movie.

Sooner or later though, you might want to step out of your comfort zone. Overall, once you realize nothing is stopping you from living a more exciting life, you never look back.

In effect, when we say, “What should I do with my life?” or “What is my life purpose?” In either case, what we’re probably asking is: “What can I do with my time that is important?” To be exact, it’s more manageable. Generally speaking, it doesn’t include the baggage that a “life purpose” question does.

 

3 Ways to Find What’s Important to you?

  1. What makes you forget to eat or pee?

To begin with, we’ve all had an experience where we get wrapped up in something. Moreover, minutes turn into hours, and hours turn into “Oh, no, I forgot to have dinner.”

Perhaps it’s playing the piano, or teaching someone something, or solving a technical problem. Whatever it is, look at what’s behind the activities that move you. Because that enthusiasm can easily be applied elsewhere.

  1. What do you want to do that embarrasses you?

To begin with, is there something you want to do? As examples, something you think about doing, or fantasize about, yet you don’t do it?

In essence, feeling foolish is part of the path to achieving something important and meaningful. In spite of this, embrace that embarrassment. Notwithstanding, the more a major life decision scares you, chances are the more you should be doing it.

  1. If you were kicked out of your house all day, every day, until it was time to go to bed — where would you go, and what would you do?

  • Sign up for a dance class?
  • Join a book club?
  • Learn to hang glide?

Remember, discovering what you’re passionate about, and what matters to you, is a trial-and-error process. To put it differently, none of us know exactly how we feel about an activity until we do the activity.

 

4 Ways To Motivate Yourself

  1. Shake up your routine. First, try a new daily walking route. Then try a new dish at a favorite restaurant. Or even try a new restaurant next time. In short, small variances from a routine can be the pick-me-up you seek.
  2. Change your style. For instance, try a new look. As examples, try a different haircut or shirt color.
  3. Make a daily to-do list. Start making the most out of your day by focusing on what you can accomplish each day.
  4. Learn something new. Learning new things stimulates your brain, and keeps your mind sharp. Ultimately, knowledge is power. In the long run, whether it’s painting or playing video games, new activities are refreshing.

Essentially, discovering your “purpose” in life boils down to finding one or two things bigger than yourself. Correspondingly, get off your couch and do something. To summarize, take time to think beyond yourself. So, who do you want to be?

 

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