Exercises to help you find your life purpose
If you’re looking for a quick way to find your purpose in life you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a list of seven quick ways for you to try out in your search for your life’s purpose.
You don’t have to do all of them, if just one works for you then great! Let me know. However, it’s sometimes worth looking at life from more than one angle. If you try two or more ways and find they point in the same direction then that can be a good sign that you’re on track. Why not try one exercise each day over the next week? You never know, you could revolutionise your life in this next week! OK, here they are…
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 1
The reason why: Take a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns. On the top left write “What?” and on the top right write “Why?” Next, under “What?”, write down everything you give your time to in life – work, hobbies, interests, other commitments, etc. When you’ve finished look at each one in turn and next to it under the “Why?” column list your reasons why you do what you do. Review these reasons and underline those which are most important to you. These can give you a clue as to what your main purposes in life are.
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 2
Write ‘till you cry: I picked this one up from Steve Pavlina, a prolific blogger on personal development issues. Sit down with another (big) blank sheet of paper. Write down all the things you could do with your life. Keep writing until something makes you stop and cry. You are now in touch with your deepest emotions. This can reveal your hidden life purpose.
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 3
The unexpected inheritance: Just for a moment, assume a distant relative left you a million pounds in their will. You never have to work again. What would you do with your time? If you don’t need to earn money you spend your time doing things which most interest you. Again, these can point towards your life’s purpose.
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 4
Life’s highs: Think back over your life so far and ask yourself, “When was it I felt most energised and excited in life? And what was I doing at that time?” Recognising what makes you feel most alive and invigorated helps you understand your personal motivation. This can give a good indication of where your unique purpose can be discovered.
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 5
The rocking chair: Imagine you’ve finished your life’s work, retired, and are sitting on your porch in your favourite rocking chair. As you look out over your garden you reflect back on life. Thinking about all the people you’ve met and all you’ve done, what is it that gave you the deepest sense of lasting satisfaction? Identifying things which satisfy you most reveals your inner values which guide you in your search for purpose.
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 6
Visit to the doctor: Imagine you’ve just visited your doctor who told you, “Sorry, I’ve some bad news. I think you only have another 12 months to live”. What would you want to do in those next 12 months? Realising how little time we have left helps us prioritise and give time to those things which are most important. If you only had a little time left, what purpose would you pursue?
How to find your purpose in life – Exercise 7
Your tombstone: It’s now a few years further on. After you died your friends and relatives paid to have a tombstone engraved to mark your final resting place and remember you by. What would you like them to have written on it? Knowing how you want others to see you helps you focus on the more important purposes to pursue in this life.
OK, I know the last two techniques are a bit radical and it’s not popular to mention death, but if it can help us appreciate the life we have then it’s well worth it. I’ve come close to death more than once in my life and I can tell you it made me stop and think – and change what I was doing with my life.
If any of these work for you then please get back in touch and let me know.
If you’d like to find out more…
As I said, these are quick exercises. They work for some people – but not everyone. If after trying all seven you still don’t feel you’ve pinpointed your unique purpose in life, there’s still more you can do. I’d suggest you take a look at my book, “Find Your Life Purpose, The secret for a successful and happy life”. You can find out more by taking a look at my ‘Life Purpose Book‘ page.