Seeking a Sense of Purpose
Knowing who you are and what you want are important attributes. They can give you a sense of confidence and direction – a true sense of purpose. But developing and maintaining a true sense of purpose doesn’t always come easily.
The way I do it is to go back to the basics and get in touch with the motivators that make me who I am.
Start by asking:
- What is my most important value and how is that reflected in my professional/personal life?
- What was my childhood dream? When did I take a different path and why?
- If there were no obstacles, what would I really like to do with my life?
- What’s the first step I could take toward that?
Now write a response to the questions below. Then sit down with a friend who can ask you the same questions. Or take it in turns to ask each other.
- What is the ideal you are striving for? What is your ideal future?
- Where are you right now in relation to where you want to be?
- What does your current situation do for you?
- How have you used your current situation to your advantage?
- How have you used your current situation as an excuse to avoid or ignore challenges?
- What is blocking or preventing you from moving away from your current situation?
- What are you going to do, practically, about changing it?
Answer these questions honestly and you’ll know more about yourself and be on the road to achieving a real sense of purpose – both personally and professionally.