Everyone has a reason for existence
When you have defined your dream, and crystallised it into a personal vision, your dream needs to have started shaping what you believe your purpose in life is, because they have an interdependent relationship – one cannot happen without the other. Every one of us has a purpose in life, and we were all created to fulfil a certain purpose. Your dream paints a picture of the future and what success looks like, and your life’s purpose defines how you will live your life to achieve that dream. In your dream, you visualise the end results of the type of life you want, and then you crystallise it into a personal vision. Once you have your personal vision firmly in place, you next need to develop your life’s purpose, which will ultimately become your personal mission. The idea of starting with defining your dream first is that you need to know what you want, before you can determine what purpose you will fulfil, and how you will fulfil it.
Your life purpose, or your personal mission, is more like a compass in your life, which charts your direction to your dream. Perhaps you ask yourself, do I have to have a life purpose? Not necessarily. You don’t have to have a life purpose. However, if you want to improve your life, if you want to achieve your dreams, be happy and fulfilled, then?.
You’re probably also asking yourself: Does having a life purpose guarantee that I’m going to be successful? You see, there are no guarantees in life. But, if you do not have defined direction, you’re leaving the direction of your life up to chance. So what will it be?
Here’s why finding your life’s purpose is essential
Most people just wander through life, sometimes accidentally achieving extraordinary things, sometimes doing amazing acts of kindness. Yet they don’t really know why they exist and what their purpose in life is. The very fact that you exist indicates that you have a purpose. Finding and clarifying your life’s purpose and core life intentions can help you to move with greater focus and clarity every day of your life.
No big picture, No purpose
If you have not as yet defined your dream, and have not defined what success looks like for you, it is difficult to define what your purpose is.
No life’s purpose, No motivation
People with clear personal mission statements are generally highly motivated. So, to be highly motivated, and driven towards your dreams, you need to have your life purpose.
A mission keeps you focused
Once you have established what your life’s purpose is, it becomes easier for you to define the goals and the actions that you will follow to achieve your dream, while you are also fulfilling your purpose. Your life becomes organised; you know what you are doing, how you are doing it, how long it is going to take you to get to the success you are aiming for.
Knowing your mission helps you stop doubting
Not having a full understanding of your life’s purpose means that you may not be completely clear what exactly you are passionate about. This will create doubt and where there is doubt, there is no passion and there is no commitment.
Life without a calling is dull and meaningless
When you’ve established your life purpose, you understand what your higher calling is, what difference you are meant to make in the world. Combined with your passion, and your burning desire, this makes it easier for you to channel your energies into what you really love. This will eliminate lack of direction, and will embrace your life’s purpose with conviction.
So, do you know what your life purpose is? Do you have a personal mission?
‘You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.’ Steve Maraboli