What is the purpose of life? It can be one of the hardest questions that we try to answer. But, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think. I have a 3-step spell to help you along the way. Throw a few ingredients in your cauldron, work a job of magic, and you’ll have a pretty good potion whipped up in no time for giving your life a meaningful direction.
Step 1: Understand The Principle of Choice
Norman Vincent Peale once said, “The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made”.
“Choosing” is the first step because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your aligned action steps. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.
Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and aptitude. A lot of us let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.
So, to begin with, make a list of things which interest you; things which you have always enjoyed, which make you feel better, which inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Maybe you enjoy nature? Do you like the sea? Enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s lives?
Whatever it is that interests you, write it down and answer these questions:
- What thing do you love to do?
- What is it that you love in this thing and why?
- How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it?
Step 2: Create Your Underlying Life Purpose Principle
The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there are any recurring themes. Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and try to put that theme into a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement.
Step 3: Align Your Life With Your Underlying Principle
The final step in this spell is to map your path to your ultimate purpose and begin taking action steps that help align your daily life with your underlying purpose. When you start doing this you will begin to live this principle out every day. It might take some time, but by becoming aware and intentional with your mission statement you will start to feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life. If you realize that you love being in nature, plan out your holiday. Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup with your energy. If you discover that you enjoy helping those in need, start to look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job, or start a new business that is more in line with your mission.
And that’s it! By following these steps and working your brand of magic you will be on your way to finding and living out your purpose. And, as you go through this process, remember the words of Steve Marboli, “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”