Finding Your Lifes Purpose:How I Discover My Purpose In Life.

by J.Crawford on September 27, 2008

Finding your purpose exercise.

There was a time, and I can’t say regret it, that finding my purpose in life was the last thing I was looking to do. When we are young, some of us anyway, are driven by emotion and desire. Some people have a time in life when they kinda stop and ask, “what’s it all for”. I have here in this post a little personal devleopment exercise I use to help me discover my purpose.

Coming to the realization that reality is multi-demensional and being healthy means having awareness of that was scary for me.  Before I thought about purpose, I think my purpose was to feel good, have fun, and not get locked up in the process.

It is interesting, my life now has some of the same themes woven into it, like the locked up part. No really, having fun is important in my life, and I like to feel good. I do different things today to feel good and have fun, but the idea is still part of my purpose in life.

Finding your purpose is personal development.

I’ve been an avid student of personal development for a large portion of my life. I was introduced to personal development through athletics in college.

Finding your life’s purpose is a commitment and process in my experience. Some people think differently, based on their experience. Steve pavlina has a great article and pod cast on “finding your purpose in about 20 min.” Which is a neat title, you can find that here.

I’ve used a number of resources while getting clear on what I am here for.  I’ve read “The Purpose Driven Life”, it did not do much for me personally, kinda confused me really. I like simple exercises, they work better for me. Over all awareness is powerful for recognizing and discovering your life purpose.

Bob Proctor, the “Grand Father of personal development ” has written and taught much on the subject.

How to Find your Purpose.

Here are some questions to ask your self:

  1. What would you do if no one was looking?
  2. Why did you/didn’t you go to college?
  3. If you were to die tomorrow, what would you regret missing the most?
  4. When was the last time you had goose pimples? What were you doing?
  5. If every morning you had one million dollars in your account and everything costs a buck, what would you buy? The first thing?
  6. What is the one thing that you most want someone to say about you at your funeral?
  7. Who is the one person you would meet if you could meet anyone?
  8. What is the one thing in your life you’ve been given that you cherished the most?

Who is god? Why is God, God?

The funny part about finding your purposeis that it is an inside job. You find it by getting to know yourself. Its not like a sock were you could just ask your wife, mom, or roommate.  “Hey mom have you seen my purpose?” No… not the same.

Finding your pupose and living your purpose took a unique turn for me and this is not meant to be an answer to a the question. I noticed that the more I looked, wondered, and was aware of finding my purpose the more I understood and “found it”. I’m left with a conclusion, an open one, that to look at myself, relate to myself and grow is purposeful.

If this has confused you I apologize. What are your thoughts? We love comments!


Betty D Ryka September 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Here is one simple method to help discover your true purpose in life. On a blank piece of paper write, “What is my true purpose in life?”

The answer can be short or long. But continue writing answers until you find one that makes you cry. Then you’ll know your purpose.

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Dr Paul Dyer June 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

IMHO, the greatest need in the human experience is to find meaning and purpose in life. As you suggest, the recognition of this need is a natural part of the maturing process. While some teenagers ponder the question, it’s generally not until we enter our 30’s when we really begin to ask in earnest, “Why am I here?” and “What should I be doing with my life?” Sooner or later, virtually everyone asks this question in a sincere way, and until it’s answered, and until we respond to the answer, we will find no fulfillment and little lasting joy in life.

A Heart that Loves June 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Im in mission to find my purpose and passion. This is a great article. I know that Purpose without Passion is dead & Passion without Purpose leads you no where. Im 30 & just waking up to who I am. I hate being boxed in and iI know owning a buisness would greatly benefit my children and I. Im a single mom…where do I go from here?

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