111 Inspirational Quotes & Exercises to Find Your Purpose in Life
evolved over several years. I have watched people’s hunger to find
their life purpose grow from a novelty concept into something that
guides their lives—natally, developmentally, psychologically,
professionally, spiritually, mystically, and transitionally. This
workbook will help people truly understand and articulate their life
purpose from each of these perspectives. The seven sections of exercises
are divided in half, with sixty exercises exploring the developmental,
practical, psychological, and professional, and fifty-one exercises
tapping into the intuitive and energetic.
People who know their life purpose are more directed and fulfilled in
their lives because they have a path on which they can consciously
journey. Simply, a life purpose is what we consciously put our life
force energy into knowing, accomplishing, and fulfilling.
Definition of Life Purpose
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines purpose as an “aim,
intention, or to put forth.” Therefore, one understanding of your life
purpose is what you’re putting your energy into or the aim or
intention of all your external efforts.
For example, let’s say you have a practical intention to be a good
mother. Your life purpose might manifest as helping your children become
self-sufficient, independent, conscious human beings by nurturing their
interests, not what you or society thinks they should do or be. Or you
could be an artist who dedicates your life to making beautiful creations
out of trash, and your life purpose is to help people become conscious
of their waste and creative ways to reuse it rather than just
unconsciously discarding unwanted items.
Spiritually, your life purpose could be to fulfill a karmic debt or to
do something that the Divine has guided or commanded you to do, such as
Moses leading his people. Each person’s purpose is valuable and
contributes something to life and to the well-being of the planet. No
matter how small or large, it helps to fulfill that mission.
Deepak Chopra, in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, offers
three practical criteria to know that you have found your life purpose:
• It’s a unique gift or talent that you have in this life.
• You know how to use that talent in some type of service.
• It must, in some way, benefit humanity and the planet.
Each individual’s true life purpose will fulfill these three criteria.
You can use the examples in the previous paragraph to intellectually
understand how each action is the fulfillment of a life purpose when it
meets these three criteria. People each have a purpose to fulfill, even
if they aren’t aware of the long-term impact or the outcome of their
actions. They are motivated by the desire to fulfill their life purpose
using their true potential in the world...
Your Life Purpose is Multifaceted
People often feel frustrated because they don't know "where to find
their purpose" or "how to know they've found their life purpose." Your
purpose in life is bigger than you are and is multifaceted in nature.
Your life purpose is both practical - requiring you do something and
requiring the best of who you are - and spiritual, as every part of your
being participates in accomplishing it. There is a divine and inspired
quality to your life purpose, no matter what it is. Think of all the
people you know who are "on a mission." There is an exalted awareness
and an honoring that you feel about fulfilling whatever your purpose
asks of you. It is always something positive that supports and sustains
life. Emotionally, people who have found their life purpose feel a sense
of relief, knowing they have a focus and direction from within that
guides their life. This clarity and direction helps them know what
decision to make and what path to follow.
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