10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Find Your Purpose

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Find Your Purpose

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at an event about finding your life’s work and how finding it can change everything.  But I had to give this disclaimer:

This process takes a long time. Though I’m going to give you a foundation for thinking about your life’s work and some tools to get you started, you have to be patient. It’s a journey to be taken, not a problem to be solved.

Finding more passion, more purpose, and more meaning in your work and life is a process of identity formation. It’s a process of discovering more of who you are and what you have to offer the world.

It’s not a problem to be solved simply, and it can’t be found in quick quizzes, a single blog post, or even a whole book. It’s something that you learn and discover over time.

The challenge with any large undertaking like this is that it can be overwhelming. And we can be impatient. Where do you start? What can you do now to actually make a difference?

There is a lot that you can do. You can even start on it today. You can start right now, in fact— if you have a few more minutes.

Here are 10 things you can do right now to find your purpose:

1.) Read a book about finding your purpose.
2.) Do a life-review process.
3.) Even better, create a monthly review habit.
4.) Do a 360-degree feedback process.
5.) Read more blogs about meaning (start by subscribing to this one and also check out these others).
6.) Write your stories.
7.) Write a letter to your younger self.
8.) Invest in one-on-one Meaning Sessions.
9.) Read our Guide to Finding Purpose —which lays out a process for you to follow.
10.) Read the Meaning Manifesto: Six Foundational Truths for Work Worth Doing (it’s free).

Wait!!! Don’t stop now!

Before you navigate away and get back to life as usual, this list is not worth much if you don’t take some action. So, I want to challenge you right now to choose to take action.

Pick one item from this list that you will do and share it with your network. Include a link to this post so others can join in.

Why share it? Because of the conversations that it can invite. If a friend sees that you’re taking action to find purpose, he or she may be inclined to have a conversation about it. The more conversations you have, the more your community will be a part of this process with you, which is important.

Choose an action step, share it, and then go do it!

PS- Comment and tell us what you chose to do.

Dan Cumberland is on a mission to push you into the places meaning, life, & work intersect. He is the author of The Meaning Manifesto. Read more about him here, and connect with him on facebook and twitter.

There Are 3 Comments On This Post.

  1. 7 things you can do right now to find your purpose:
    1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR OF SHIT SANDWICH AND DOES IT COME WITH AN OLIVE?
    2. WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT YOU TODAY THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF CRY?
    3. WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT AND POOP?
    4. HOW CAN YOU BETTER EMBARRASS YOURSELF?
    5. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD?
    6. GUN TO YOUR HEAD, IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE THE HOUSE ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
    7. IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DIE ONE YEAR FROM TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?

    • Dan

      Thanks for your comment, Vamsiweb. I like how dramatic your questions are. Though I know these kinds of questions are intended to be helpful, for many people they only serve to highlight the stuckness that they already feel.

      I have never met someone who has found purpose through a list of questions. Not even one. A list of questions can help remind us of the the things that we do that are meaningful, but it won’t lead us there.

      There’s more on that here: http://themeaningmovement.com/find-passion/

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