In the grand scheme of things, we only have a microcosm of time on the planet. So why wouldn’t we live the life we choose and make as much of that time count as possible? To figure out our purpose in life to give our existence some meaning. Here are 5 hacks for finding purpose and fulfillment in your life to help narrow down your choices.
#1. What Do You Really Want To Do?
This is one of the most important questions you will ever need to answer in your life. Because your answer will dictate the direction your life’s going to follow.
If you aren’t happy with the answer because it seems ‘unrealistic’, rooted in fantasy or just plain unattainable, it may be because what we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
I’ve always wanted to be an author. To spend my days writing historical fiction set in the 1920s and 1930s. But the narrative I fed myself my whole life (until this year), was that it wasn’t realistic and I needed to endure a career in something I wasn’t passionate about (but convinced myself I was), in order to maybe try my luck at writing in my spare time.
#2. Will It Help You Grow As A Person?
Self-belief is going to be an important part of your journey. Without it, you’re going to find it near to impossible to convince others to trust you. Why should they if they can clearly see you don’t believe in yourself?
If you want your vision for your life to become reality, you need to plan out how you’re going to get from where you are now to what you want to be in the future.
For most people, true purpose and fulfillment comes from serving others. Align your purpose with something that won’t only benefit yourself, but will benefit as many people as possible.
Living your life with integrity will help you stay true to yourself. No matter the challenges and obstacles that are going to come your way, your integrity will not allow you to lie to yourself.
#3. Will It Help You Find Excitement And Freedom?
(Tim Ferriss’ opposite of happiness is excitement)
It’s always the first step that’s the hardest, but you need to take the first step outside if you want to be free from the shackles of the prison you’re living in.
Take every opportunity to learn whether it’s from your failures or successes. Knowledge is what will help you grow as a person. When the opportunity to get you closer to your destiny presents itself, don’t be afraid to dive head first!
If your current path doesn’t make you feel happy or free (I’m guessing it doesn’t otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog post), you probably haven’t found your real purpose in life.
Can you apply everything he says? No, at least not in the beginning. However, that was never the point. The point is to use your time better and find hacks and ways to live a more fulfilled and purposeful life.
#4. What Does Fulfillment And Purpose Look Like To You?
You can’t just say, “Oh, I’m sure all the pieces will fall into place someday”. Remember, you’ve got to change your attitude and take life by the horns instead of letting it take you where you don’t actually want to go! Here’s where the power of visualisation comes into its own.
“‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you”. [Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week]
#5. Be Anything You Want to Be
Too many of us are trapped in the work we do because we think it’s the only way to get what we want out of life. For many, the assumption is that the harder and longer you work, the more money you’ll earn to stop worrying about finances. And possibly to move abroad, maybe to buy your ideal home.
“The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money. The result is that people learn to work for money…but never learn to have money work for them”. [Robert Kiyosaki]
So many of us put far too much stock in our careers. But the irony is that you’re doing all this work to succeed at something you probably never really had much interest in. I’m sure you never intended to get into logistics, or administration and so why are you bending over backwards to make it work? What about that dream to be a painter? A writer? Or a singer? You can still do all those things.
In other words, you don’t need to be successful in your job to be what you want to be. In fact the two are often diametrically opposed. The objective should instead be to gain more free time by working less and then to use that free time to pursue the hobbies and activities that you’re passionate about. Now you have the stability that comes from employment but also the chance to fulfill your dreams and to be successful doing what it is you love.
We define ourselves by our jobs. How many times have you asked somebody what they do for a living as an icebreaker at a party or similar gathering?
Tim Ferriss is somebody who’s been very vocal in his dislike of the question ‘what do you do?’ He feels (which I totally resonate with) that you shouldn’t be defined by how you earn a living.
Creating your own destiny may be hard, but not if you truly want to live life on your own terms. Creating your own destiny means taking the reins. By being in charge of your life, being active not passive on the path to finding purpose and fulfillment in your life. And once you have the motivation and the drive deep within you, anything is possible.
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
Most of us already have the means to live the life we want but we get too caught up in the rat race to realise it! What hacks have you come for finding purpose and fulfillment in your life?
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