So many people say they can’t find their life’s purpose. They don’t know why they are here.
I think the first problem with this whole concept of finding your purpose is that most people think that their life’s purpose is something they need to actively look for, like a needle in a haystack, or a mathematical problem you can solve to figure out what your life is all about. Your purpose is not hiding behind any action or a task or formula. It’s not a problem to solve with a formula. It’s waiting for you to become more present and more conscious.
I want to tell you that I believe everyone has a specific purpose on this earth, but your purpose is not going to come to you through your thoughts. You can’t think it into existence or reveal it by simply thinking about the things you like or find meaningful. Stop trying to find what your purpose is.
Your purpose can’t be found using brain-power or solving a mathematical equation. Your purpose is not going to come to you through your mind. It can only come through your heart, your intuition, and for that to happen you need to be more present in your life. You need to live in the present moment, not in the past or the future. Give your fullest attention, your best effort to each present moment. Giving your full attention and very best action in each moment will lead to each next best moment. It will lead to expansion and growth in your life which will ultimately lead you to more of the things you love doing, and soon you will understand what your purpose really is.
This is not something you can rush or manufacture. There is no catalyst to finding your purpose is – it has to, in a way, find you. Don’t stress over it. It’s one of those things that the more you think about it or try to create it, the more elusive it becomes and further away you get from it. Instead, focus on doing your thing and do it to the best of your ability in every moment, no matter what it is. If it’s taking out the trash, that’s your purpose in that moment, do it better than anyone, and be present. If it’s helping a million people change their lives, do it, but do it with complete presence. Everyone is different. Your main purpose might be to be a great parent. Maybe your grand life purpose is to help those less fortunate, to stand up for injustice that matters to you. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you know it’s right for you.
When you discover that thing which you must do, it will take on a life of its own. You will discover yourself to be greater than anything you ever expected of yourself. If you’re continually searching for it, you’re missing out on living. And when you miss out on living in this moment, you miss out on creating your best moments which lead to that purpose.
Your ‘Purpose’ and Your ‘Why’ Can Be Different Things
You might say that you have a purpose and a why. Your purpose might be to help others out of depression. Your why might be because you have been there yourself or lose someone you love to depression. Your purpose might be to give your children love and presence. Your why might be because you didn’t receive it yourself, because you know the opposite and don’t want that for anyone.
Your purpose and your why might have nothing to do with each other.
Your why might be your family, your legacy. Something that has nothing to do with the work you do. Why is it a must for you? What is the reason? If your purpose is meaningful and your why is strong nothing will stop you.