Do you ever feel stuck? Perhaps you don’t have the job you want, the relationship, or the financial situation. You probably know what you don’t want, but have you ever taken the time to figure out what you do want?
Rather than answer with generalities like a job that “pays more”, “is closer to home”, “to find your soulmate”, or “to be rich”, think about being as specific as possible. What does your ideal life look like? What would you need in your life for it to be more fulfilling and meaningful?
To put it slightly differently, if you win the lottery tomorrow and suddenly you’re a multimillionaire, what will you do with the rest of your life? Will you continue working at your job? Will you spend more time with your family or travel the world? Will you start your own business or spend more time with your hobbies?
How to explore your life purpose
Take some time to dream about the possibilities. Then, take a piece of paper and vividly write down your dream.
Now, take a few moments to write down a list of the most important things in your life. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What things are most important in your life? You are willing to devote time and energy to these things each day. They can be things like:
- Faith/ Spirituality
- Personal growth
- Having a Healthy Lifestyle
- Having your finances in order
- Work/life balance
- Maintaining a loving relationship with your significant other
- Being happy at work
- Being organised and using time wisely
- Participating in the hobbies you enjoy
- Making a difference in the world
Setting priorities is important because we often have so much going on in our lives that we lose track of who we are and what we want out of life. We end up putting out one fire only to be confronted with yet another that takes its place. With so many things on our plate simultaneously, it’s easy to neglect ourselves, friends and family.
When you are finished writing your list, take a few moments to prioritise them on a scale starting with “1” as the most important.
Finally, take a few moments to think about these questions:
- What am I most passionate about?
- What would inspire me to get out of bed at 5AM on a Saturday morning?
- What haven’t I experienced yet that I’ve always wanted to?
- What haven’t I given yet that I’ve always wanted to?
- What haven’t I learned yet that I’ve always wanted to?
- What part of me haven’t I healed yet that I still need to?
- Am I doing now what I really want to do?
- If not, do I even know what I’d really like to do?
- What can I do to serve others?
Write down the answers. These should be your honest answers – not what you should do or what others expect you to do – we are easily influenced by our peers, parents and partners – but this is all about you and what your soul wants. Once you’ve done this exercise, combine all your answers into a Life’s Purpose Statement.
Life Purpose Statement
Your purpose statement will answer the question, “Why am I here? What is my true calling in life?” You get to define yours, so what do you want to do with your life?
Now write, “My purpose in life is….” Then, write. Spend time reflecting on your dreams, priorities, and the questions above.
Next, consider using your passions and dreams to serve the world. Write down the following statement, “I will make the world a better place by…” and your answers.
Get all of your ideas down on paper. This will probably take at least 10 minutes, though it could take hours. Write until you feel you have some clarity about your life. Then, go back and read the content. Is it powerful for you? Is it a wake-up call? If not, keep writing until you find something that’s profound for you.
When you do define your life’s purpose, it will be an emotional experience. You will look at your writing and have a mind-blowing “why didn’t I think of that before?” revelations. Even if your statements aren’t very impressive to others, what matters is that you find them 100% accurate and relevant and have emotional significance.
Samantha is an intuitive healer and visionary who holds space for heart-centric souls to discover their strengths, find their true purpose and take bold steps towards living a life aligned with their core values and soul purpose. Through a fusion of psychology, spirituality, Human Design, Reiki Energy Healing, and two decades of business experience, Samantha has supported hundreds of people to find their purpose, live life with more flow, and build thriving businesses.
She is is a registered practitioner with UK Reiki Federation and CMA.
As a though-leader, her work has been featured in numerous publications and television appearances on BBC and Channel 5 News.