Finding Your Passion & Purpose In Life

In life, many follow a simple plan: go to school, find a career, and live fully. It’s a straightforward path, but life doesn’t always stick to the script. There comes a time when we pause and think about where we are and where we want to be.

This moment of reflection is where the search for passion and purpose begins. It’s about discovering what truly makes us happy and gives our lives meaning. It requires honesty, bravery, and a willingness to explore new paths.

The reality is that for many, finding your passion and purpose is no easy feat. Luckily for us, there are ways to navigate this journey more effectively.

 

The Search For Passion and Purpose

The upside is, that everyone actually goes through this, most commonly experienced in your 20s or perhaps into your 30s, when you’ll be at a crossroads. There are so many things you want to do and accomplish but you still don’t know where to start. Sometimes, the life that you’ve envisioned for yourself does not seem to be the life that you want to live anymore.

In these moments of uncertainty lies the opportunity for growth and self-discovery. It’s a chance to break free from societal norms and expectations, and to carve out a path that aligns with our true passions and aspirations. Let’s take a look at the path towards finding your passion and purpose in life:

 

First step: Self-reflection

Before you embark on this journey, one of the first things you must do is reflect. Take time to reflect on your values, interests, and strengths. Ask yourself questions such as: What really keeps you going? What are the most important things for you? What are your priorities?

Additionally, consider exploring your past experiences and significant moments in your life. What activities or experiences have brought you the most joy and fulfillment? What challenges have you overcome, and what lessons have you learned from them? Reflecting on these aspects can provide valuable insights into what truly matters to you and what you’re passionate about.

The most important thing in this step is having meaningful insight. This is what sets the stage for you. By attaining meaningful insight, you get a clearer grasp of what genuinely holds significance to you and what propels you toward your life’s purpose.

 

 

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Second step: Define your values

Once you’ve done your self-reflection, the next step is actually defining your values. As highlighted in Iriza Cozma’s article in the Harvard Business Review, think of your values as the bedrock for your passion and purpose. They delineate what holds significance to you, thereby shaping the passions you pursue and the purpose you strive to fulfill.

Your values serve as your responses to inquiries such as “What is important to you in life?” or “What are your non-negotiables?” Having clarity on these aspects provides guidance and direction when making career decisions and aids in maintaining balance during periods of frustration or overwhelm.

write your values, goals and strengths to find passion and purposeCozma also suggests ways on how one can define their values. “To define your values, start by writing down the things in your life that matter to you most. Maybe it’s friends, family, financial stability, creativity, sustainability — it’s entirely up to you.”

She underscores that this list should be for yourself and not to look good for others. “Once you have a list of words, it’s important to also define what those words mean to you. You’re not looking for the textbook definition — you’re looking for an explanation of each value that is useful to you. For example, the way I define my value of happiness (the joy in the process of what I am doing) might be different from how you would define it.” (Cozma, 2023)

 

Third Step: Explore

It’s also crucial for you to try new things outside of your comfort zone. This gives you the opportunity to discover other interests that could help you in your journey. Trying new things allows you to break free from the constraints of routine and familiarity, opening your mind to different perspectives and possibilities.

It encourages you to challenge your preconceived notions and expand your horizons, fostering a sense of curiosity and exploration to set new and more exciting goals.

Your purpose and passion are not always apparent from the get-go. Sometimes, you have to open yourself up to new experiences that will lead you to this path. If you’re not allowing yourself to explore unfamiliar territories, you might not be able to come to realize what truly matters to you.

 

Fourth Step: Connect with others

Support with finding your passion and purposeWhile your own insight is important, there’s also value in getting support from the people around you. This is the best time to seek inspiration from other people whether it’s through mentorship, coaching, or just having general guidance.

Having external support not only offers additional perspectives but also provides encouragement, accountability, and invaluable feedback that can propel you forward on your journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

Additionally, there is comfort in knowing that you’re not alone in this journey. While your experiences might be unique, there are others who have walked or are currently walking similar paths of uncertainty and self-discovery as you are.

Recognizing that you’re not the only one navigating through such phases can be reassuring and empowering. Most importantly, knowing that others have not only endured but thrived despite facing similar challenges can instill confidence and resilience in your own journey.

 

Fifth Step: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

The thing about finding your purpose and what you are passionate about is that it does not always have a clear and straight path. You’re bound to face many challenges in this quest.

Not all of those challenges, you’ll be able to get through with flying colors– and that’s totally okay. You can’t learn without making mistakes. You should be able to draw strength from all the setbacks that you’ll face. Identifying your life’s purpose is also about taking risks and making difficult decisions.

These are the things that equip you to navigate the complexities of life, shaping you into a resilient and adaptable individual. So, view setbacks as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks, knowing that each obstacle encountered is an opportunity for learning and self-improvement.

 

 

About Author:
Paul Jenkin | Life Coach & Somatic Facilitator
With 26 years of experience in alternative health and personal development, Paul coaches entrepreneurs and creatives to let go of limiting programming and empower themselves to reach greater levels of personal freedom, peace and success.

Author of ‘Powerful Manifestation Secrets’– he enjoys sharing information about a whole range of topics from LOA, optimal health, emotional intelligence, self-sovereignty and business. Schedule a 1-hr Expansion Call Today!

 

 

Resources:

– https://hbr.org/2023/10/values-passion-or-purpose-which-should-guide-your-career

 

 

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