Discovering Your Life's Purpose

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Life's Purpose

He was a very successful and happy person. He had lots of friends, his wife loved him, his business was growing and his wealth was increasing. Everyone envied him for all that he had.

But one morning they heard the shocking news; he committed suicide.

I am sure that you have heard of at least one person who committed suicide in spite of having everything he wanted in life. What do you think could make someone like that commit suicide?

The answer is simple: this person had big goals to achieve but he had no real purpose in life.

The Difference Between a life Purpose and Goals

The difference between a life purpose and a goal is that goals can exist without a purpose while a purpose cannot exist without goals. For example, you could have a goal of reading a comic book but this book would serve no big purpose nor will it impact your life negatively if you didn't read it.

You could have lots of goals in your life that serve no real purpose and this might make you feel that your life is pointless. On the other hand having a purpose in life would encourage you to set many goals in order to fulfill that higher purpose.

The man in the example above didn’t kill himself because he failed to achieve his goals but he did it because the goals he achieved served no real purpose. That man felt that his life was pointless and this is why he decided to end it.

Note that i am not saying that the lack of a life purpose is the main reason for suicide. After all i wrote an article before that explains why some people who seem to have it all get depressed and even commit suicide.

But there is no doubt that one of the reasons that could lead to such a depressive state is the lack of a life purpose.

How to Find My Purpose in Life

Imagine that you have a time machine and that you traveled to the future where you had one year left to live (assuming that you know when you're going to die). What will your thoughts be like at that age? What will you regret the most? What is the thing that you will wish you could have done before reaching this old age?

Now go back to the time machine and travel further into the future to one day before your death. Try to close your eyes and imagine it now...you are dying tomorrow.

What is the thing you wish you could have done? What’s the thing that makes you wish to live a little longer so that you do it?

When you find these answers write them down and come back to the present. Congratulations, you have just discovered your life's purpose.

Life's Purpose in a Few Minutes!!

I know that this may have taken only a few minutes and I am not saying that those few minutes are enough. I want you to take your time thinking about this matter over and over because this is the purpose that you are going to fight for to the end of your life.

You can even give yourself few weeks or even months and after you feel that you have found your real life purpose start fighting for it.

Life purpose and psychological needs

One of the facts few people know is that your life purpose might already be in your genes. In my article Why your life should be purpose driven i said that the unmet needs we humans develop as we grow determines our unconscious goals.

In other words the unmet needs that we develop as we go through different experiences force us to develop certain unconscious goals. Those goals are usually very powerful to the extent that they can be considered your life' purpose. See What are the subconscious goals and how they affect your life.

By getting a proper level of self understanding and understanding your subconscious goals in a better way you will easily be able to find out your life's purpose.

Your emotions can guide you to your life's purpose

When i talked about emotions in my article The reason your emotions keep changing all the time i said that emotions always have a purpose. Each emotional change that you experience happens because you are either moving closer or further from your important goals.

This means that you can use your emotions for guidance in order to discover your life's purpose. When you do something that makes you feel bad or horrible know that you are moving further away from your life's purpose.

Lack of courage and discovering your life purpose

In many cases people might have a life purpose but might be very afraid to discover it. The fear of taking responsibility is one example of an obstacle that could prevent a person from trying to discover their life purpose.

The important question you need to ask yourself is: Do i have enough courage to discover my life purpose and pursue it?

If your answer wasn't yes then you need to work on your courage before you can search for your life purpose.

Ready to fight for your life's purpose?

I already have a purpose in life, but I don't know how to fight for it.

I have a life purpose but I am not that motivated to fight for it.

I have a life purpose but I don't think I can ever fulfill it.

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