5 Easy Steps To Discover Your Life Mission
The key to discovering your goals in life! Firstly we need to define what are your values?
What Is Your Life’s Purpose? Or What Is Your Mission In Life?
Defining you purpose in life is the aim of today’s article. What is your life mission? Your life mission is the purpose, vision, dream or goal towards which you strive for above all else.
It is the reason behind your existence and it is the result or a desire to accomplish or reach some higher plane. It will normally be the reason why an individual is doing certain deeds with an intention to fulfill an anticipated result.
Discover your goals in life
The ambition to discover your goals in life is almost as old as mankind. As humans we have the striving motivation to prove to others and ourselves that we do actually have a purpose to live.
Sadly, many of us spend and waste their precious time pondering what their purpose could be, of which it’s neither fun nor fulfilling. This is particularly apparent when a person is not able to resolve the perennial question, what is your life mission? Life can be disjointed and unfulfilling if you have not been able to discover your goals in life.
To start with you need let go all the thoughts and ideas that are streaming into your mind right now. These may concern your job, family, bills or even your short- and long-term achievements and goals. These thoughts and ideas will be distracting while you are trying to find and discover your life purpose, causing you to lose focus.
The best way to achieve this is to allow yourself to be free from any ideas or purposes that may have been given to you by others about what you should achieve with your life. At this time you need to remove yourself from external influences and to be truly independent and open-minded. You can only determine your life mission or life goals once you decide to focus on yourself.
Firstly, focus on the activities that inspire, motivate and fulfill you.
It is crucial to consider what your goals in life might relate to. Many times these goals are quite different to the job or career that we have. Often we find ourselves in a professional role that we find unrewarding but we continue in it anyway as you need the job to pay your bills. Many people find it quite confronting that their vision or mission is not related to the professional life they are leading. One thing is for certain, and that is we are not placed on this earth just to pay bills. There needs to be something more.
When it comes to how to discover your life mission or how to discover your goals in life, one has to search deep inside one’s heart with all honesty. Sometimes you need to be brutally honest with yourself. You must do this to discover what you love to do and will give you the fulfillment that you desire. Many individuals get hung up here as they have been taught that doing what one wants is often described as being selfish.
It is not being selfish. It is really about being the REAL YOU. Too often people lead unsatisfying lives because they are concerned about what other people might think. Honestly other people have no right to try and place their ideals onto you and have you conform to what they deem to be okay.
What you need to focus on is what makes you happy and motivates you to achieve more in your lifetime. It doesn’t matter what other people think!!
You were created and brought into existence by a power which is much powerful than yourself. Additionally you have been imbued with talents, tendencies and gifts that are natural for you. These are you God given gifts for you to contribute those talents and skills to the world. Your work is to discover what you love doing, then plan and organize yourself so as to do them. This generates and creates a rich tapestry of experience, first to yourself and to others this making the world a wonderful place. Not only will you bring joy to yourself but to others as well, in effect you will be making the world a better place.
True goals are those things you sincerely want to fulfill and once you achieve them you get a feeling of true happiness, joy and fulfillment. One’s true goal should not be something which was predetermined by society, your friends or your parents.
You will realize you have found your true life goal once you get the feeling of a burning desire which you surely want to achieve and fulfill it. That feeling them allows you to set out to do whatever it takes so as to reach your goal.
Following are 5 techniques to help you identify your goals in life:
- What would I do if….
- List your interests and passions
- Write down what you love
- Find your joy
Personally, I prefer the first technique, but if you encounter some challenges or blockages with this in identifying the sole purpose and goals of your life, then you might prefer to try the other techniques. Find the one that works for you.
- Start with a piece of paper, preferably a big one that can evolve into a mind map.
- Write down your question e.g.: “What is the real purpose in my life?”
- Jot down whatever comes into your mind.
- Expand on these with similar, related, or some other thoughts then start to evolve these ideas.
- Formulate topics for related and similar thoughts.
- Repeat points 3 to 5 until you have no new clues.
- Once you have identified your topics you can now start formulating goals.
- Summarize these goals.
You have to be persistent to clearly identify the real meaning of your life. When you discover your true goals, you will have a feeling of like a flood of positive emotions.
Do not allow yourself to be distracted or interrupted while you trying to identify your life goals, many times we will succumb to self-sacrifice. Just when you are about to experience your breakthrough, your mind will come up with something urgent that will distract you from your primary purpose.
You might feel like you need to quit this exercise, since excuses and reasons will start to come up. This is when you have to be persistent and maintain your self-awareness the continue what you have started.
2. “What would you do if…”
Put yourself in a situation where your doctor has informed you that you have developed a terminal condition and you’re only left with one year to live. What are you would you do?
- You can once again have a piece of paper and scribble at its top in bold letters: “What would I do if I am left with only one year to live?”
- Identify the answers to that question.
- Summarize the answers. These are likely to be your real purpose/goal in life.
Just as explained in the first technique you can feel free to jot down the first thoughts and ideas which come into your mind.
3. List your interests and passions.
Put down on paper the things which you enjoy doing. They can be related to your work, home life, or your personal life. They must be things which make you happy, those which you surely enjoy doing. They are the things which you enjoy doing without getting a payment for them, and they are the probable things which make you to lose track of your time.
Again distill these down, one of these will hold the answer to the identity of your life’s purpose.
4. Write down what you love.
The people and things which you love are very crucial to your life quality and the way you use your time. Acknowledging these people and things which you love can assist you focus on your purpose and passions.
By focusing on the things which you love from the heart, rather than you value with reason, will draw you closer to your true and real passions.
e.g. If your primary love is for your family, you will not be satisfied if your life is occupied by a career which makes you spend most of your time away from family.
5. Find your joy.
To identify your joy, brainstorm about what causes you to be blissfully happy.
Think on the last moments you had a crazy laugh that your ribs hurt, or you smiled that your cheeks went sore.
E.g. it can be creative to ponder on the things you enjoyed doing most when you were a child. these are the things that will give you a deep-seated feeling of joy and happiness and will contain the seeds to identifying your life’s mission.
Discovering and identifying your purpose/goals might prove to be challenging. Stay focused and maintain your intention to see the process through. This is essential if you are to truly find the true purpose and goals of your life.
I wish you well on your journey and good luck. May your pursuit of your goals be fruitful.