Finding Purpose in Life
The first step in finding purpose in your life is to identify your passions and values. This exercise will help you determine what activities you should start doing more, and find what you want to do with the rest of your life.
1. Find Your Passion
First, make a list of all of the things that you love doing. Next, make a list of the things that you are good at (or think you could be good at). Compare these two lists; are there any activities that appear on both lists? These activities are your passions, which bring you satisfaction, joy, and feelings of usefulness.
2. Find Your Mission
Make a list of things that the world or your community needs more of. Now, compare this list with the list of things that you love doing from before. The points that appear on both lists are what your missions are. These missions are what make you important and needed in the world.
3. Find Your Profession
Look back at your list of things that you are good at. Are there any activities on that list that you could get paid for? These things are some of your possible professions that you may want to consider. If none of the activities appeal to you, don't worry. These professions are just possibilities, not what you are deep down meant to do.
4. Find Your Vocation
Look back at your list of things that the world needs. Are there any items on the list that you could get paid for? These are your vocations, which will give you a sense of meaning in what you are doing.
5. Find Your Purpose
Review your passions, missions, professions, and vocations and determine if there are any activities that appear on every list. If there are no activities that clearly belong to each category, try to come up with ideas based on activities in each category- passions, missions, professions and vocations. Remember to not only focus on the final products of this activity. You should try doing more of each activity you listed, since these will bring you joy, meaning and satisfaction.