Determining what our purpose is in life can be one of the hardest questions that we will face. Here are 3 steps to discover purpose in your life by exploring your feelings and beliefs. The goal is to help you have a clearer understanding so you can begin to employ these things in your life to help give it meaning.
The three steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life:
1. You Get To Choose
2. Know Your Core Values
3. Align your life with Your Core Values
You Get To Choose
Norman Vincent Peale said this about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is
the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you
can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you
can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of
anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made”.
“Choosing” is a God-given privilege. By making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind and to your spirit. Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it starts to work to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life are important to not just you, but to the generations that will follow long after you are gone. We are leaving a legacy. With intentional actions you should be able to achieve those things you desire.
Indecision not only creates frustration and anxiety, but it is actually making a decision. The decision to not decide, which is a whole different topic Something to remember is that it is important to make choices that align with your values. You will have a lot less grief and angst in your life if you are truly living out your core beliefs.
There are times when we let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think other people want us to do, which isn’t always living out our values. If you’re in a relationship or have a family, then you need to consider those people without letting them dictate what you should do. Balancing that can be challenging but doable. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us along the path we are to take. Psalm 37:4 says; Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (ESV).
Know Your Core Values
The second step is to examine your life and see what makes you feel alive. This will help to determine your core values. And while we’re on the topic, do you have a mission statement for your life? Businesses, churches and other organizations have mission statements. It comes in handy when making decisions. Some individuals have mission statements for their lives as well. It just makes sense to do so.
Here are a few things to look for when determining what your core values are to help craft a mission statement. How do you show up in your life? What gives your life meaning and purpose? What is your passion? What is it that you
love to do? Try to put that in a short and precise statement. You can even use a quote, or a philosophy that has influenced you. The Bible and the way Jesus lived His life is a great place to look and model.
Your mission statement tends to change as you grow and try new things but the underlying theme typically stays the same. Have fun with it and let me know what you come up with!
Align Your LIFE With Your Core Values
The next step is to map out your ultimate purpose and to begin implementing changes that help to align your daily life with your core values once you discover what they are and have a mission statement in place. Maybe the things you will implement is a job change or volunteering somewhere. Maybe you will decide to move or downsize or start your own business. By making small changes in your life, you will start to see how much easier it is to make important life decisions. Becoming intentional about how you live your life will make a world of difference. Life is short. This is a perfect time to use the 3 steps to discover purpose in your life.
And there you go! If you decide to use these 3 steps, you will be making progress to be who God created you to be. And after all, is there anything more important than that?