June 30th, 2022
by Kim Myles
Finding your path in life can feel like finding your way through a maze. You may follow some false leads or run into dead-ends. It doesn’t mean you’re necessarily lost. Although there are different directions we can go, how do we know which ones are right for us? Here are five signs you should look for to let you know you’re on the right course towards your true purpose.
You’ll Feel Strong Emotions Towards it
If you love what you do, you probably couldn’t see yourself doing anything else. Chances are it’s not your calling if it invokes a lack-luster response from you. Anything worth doing, should be done with the spirit of enthusiasm. Although passion isn’t purpose, it is a driving force.
“Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life”What Is Life Purpose?
Earl E. Bakken University of Minnesota
If something doesn’t ignite a spark within you, it’s a sign you might not receive sufficient satisfaction pursuing it in the long-term.
You Won’t Want to Invest in Things That Aren’t in Alignment with Your Goals
Life can look different when you’re invested in your purpose. Should a particular path resonate with you, it may cause some inner and outer conflict. You may encounter people and situations that may try to sway you from your goals. Your inner promptings will always try to guide you away from things that are not in alignment with your purpose if you listen.
“Value your time. Eliminate distractions and things that don’t serve a purpose for your higher goals. Each conversation and every interaction should be an investment that adds to your life in some kind of way. When you prioritize your energy on what matters, everything changes.”Idil Ahmed
Aligning with purpose is a long-term investment.
It is Something You Would Do Without Pay, Applause or Support
You may know what you were born to do, but are afraid to go after it. Lack of support or other’s opinions are deterrents for some people. Well-known individuals such as J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, or Steven Spielberg didn’t have certain resources or support starting out in their fields. The world might not be privy to their contributions had they let it stop them.
“Sometimes the magic isn’t in the paycheck or perks. It’s in the mark you make or leave behind, from the nest in the field to the bouquets of red radishes that end up in the grocery store.”God Is Always Hiring- 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work
It’s crucial to understand why you’re pursuing your goals. If it’s for monetary gain, you may discover some rewards might not be enough to fulfill a deeper longing to express one’s self. A good sign you’re moving in a direction that’s right for you is when acclaim, a pat on the back, or consistent payment isn’t your motivation.
You’re Willing to Put Action Behind Your Purpose
Finding purpose is one thing, walking in it is another. It could mean the difference between subtle or drastic lifestyle changes for you. Replacing things which are counter-productive to your goals is important. While it might not be possible to make instant changes, persistent actions make all the difference.
If your mission is to make the world a better place, it should start with you. There are few who may answer the call, like nuns, who devote their service and lives to those in need. But living your purpose also means doing the work which comes with the territory, too.
You Derive a Sense of Contentment or Fulfillment From Performing Your Purpose
Your purpose should inspire you. In addition, it should also provide you with a sense of usefulness. A huge indicator you’ve found your purpose when the work you’re doing replenishes your spirit. Your calling may be a tireless one, but it wouldn’t stop you from coming back for more.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”Pablo Picasso
As you serve a greater need, the universe will reach to meet yours. It’s the law of balance.
In conclusion, passion, investment, belief, action, & fulfillment are all connected to purpose. If you can relate these to your journey, then you are well on your way. Good luck!
Have you found your purpose? Please leave your reply in the comment section below.
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