Finding Your Purpose

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Your purpose in life is the reason you’re here. It’s the thing you strive for, the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. It’s the thing you love to do. It’s either what you wish you got paid for, or what you worked hard to get paid to do. 

Unfortunately, many people don’t know their life purpose, so they instead rely on society to tell them what that is, rather than listening to their inner feelings. They’re told they need big houses, expensive cars, the latest fashion, and every material trapping. They’re told that things will make them happy, rather than doing what they love. 

Finding your purpose is about learning what makes you happy, and then doing it. If you can get paid for doing it, great! If not, that’s okay too, as long as you’re doing what you love, even if it’s volunteering, learning, or just doing it for the sheer enjoyment of it. However, for many people, their goal is to make a living as they live their purpose. 

It’s important to figure out why you want to work on your purpose and why you want to spend time doing it. If look at your life closely, you will begin to see patterns. For me, it’s the reoccurring pattern that I like to help people. Throughout my life, I’ve loved helping others find their way through their life’s journey. I also love being social, even though I’m not an extrovert. This is why life coaching has been a great match for me. Every time I think about my work, it brings me joy. 

This is the kind of feeling that brings about purpose in one’s life. I’m not saying everyone should be a coach. Rather, it’s important to find what brings you happiness and then that will help bring purpose into your life. 

One issue around finding one’s purpose is money. While money is important (it’s how we pay to live), remember that money will come with whatever you decide to do. It shouldn’t be the sole reason for what you do. Rather, focus on your purpose, and the money will follow. 

Because if you’re not happy with what you’re doing, you won’t feel any sense of fulfillment. Your purpose should give you a sense of accomplishment. It should be your passion and something you want to do rather than something you feel you have to do or have to drag yourself to do, just because the money is good. 

An easy way to find your purpose is to ask yourself, if money weren’t an issue, what would I spend my life doing to get that feeling of accomplishment? The answer you come back to time and again is your purpose, or at least the starting point of your journey of discovery. Once you discover your true joy in life, everything else will being to fall into place. 

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Dr. Alex Ledgister is not your typical “Success Coach.” The former Marine who holds a Ph.D.

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