If lines of a poem end with rhyming words, it may sound good to ears, but cannot touch heart unless there is an intent behind words, there is a hidden message. Our life turns into such soul-less poems if we live and end our days without any purpose.
A meaningful life is like an epic. When we look at life from the outside, it appears complicated. This is because we look at things through too many glasses, and we are often judgmental. However, many greats have proved time and again that life can be as simple and meaningful when we have a clear purpose for living and enjoying it. We sometimes have the unusual sensation of being directionless, even in the most successful turn of events, or of feeling less than joyous in the happiest moments of our lives. This happens because we don’t understand ‘why’ we do what we do. Purpose defines the meaning behind our actions in life and directs us in the right manner. Purpose defines meaning behind our actions in life and guides us to tread in the meaningful direction.
He who has a ‘why’ to live can bear almost any ‘how’.-Friedrich Nietzsche
Why we need purpose?
Purpose denotes a meaningful and useful desire to live one’s life. Purpose is the seed of our overall well-being. It serves as an immunity dosage to protect our physical and mental health.
In simplest terms, a life purpose is your reason (or reasons) for getting up in the morning. True purpose can guide your decisions. It will influence your behavior and help you prioritize goals to make room for what really matters. Let us consider how living a purposeful life can improve our well-being.
Undirected energy is wasted. Energy, whether physical or emotional, is our driving force. When we have a purpose in life, we develop the habit of devoting our time and energy to the right cause. When energy is channeled, there is less opportunity for waste.
Dial up Motivation:
Purpose is an invisible force that directly or indirectly pushes us to move towards our goal. We may encounter a number of hurdles in our path, yet, moving with a purpose motivates us to overcome obstacles. A self-motivated person is reliable and often remains in demand.
When we have a purpose in life, we tend to take measured actions and avoid impulse and spontaneous activities. This transforms us into a simple human being with a tendency to simplify life’s complex equations.
“Adaptability” is a wonderful gift from nature to all living organisms on this planet. Changes in our surroundings or in our circumstances are normal for us. Purpose provides us with the potential to shift our rituals, behavior, character, and work style, resulting in a positive change that is critical to our growth.
Focus is key for reaching our goals. As purpose provides definite direction, mind gets occupied constructively into an objective thought process. A highly focused person has lesser chance of going wrong.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.-Steve Jobs
How shall we find purpose in life?
How will we find purpose in our lives? The sense of contentment and fulfilment is achieved through purpose. If you haven’t found your life’s meaning yet, you’re not alone. According to one survey, nearly 75% of the world’s population has no idea what their purpose in life is. Finding one is neither easy nor difficult. Let us explore some simple ways to figure out our life’s purpose.
1.Begin with looking inward
Looking inward is nothing but self-reflection that aids to understand the outer world better. Exploring one’s own interests or passions can help spotting fields where our purpose of life is hidden. Start by asking yourself what experiences in your daily life make you really happy? What makes you feel fulfilled? What makes your heart sing? Write down all of those things. Self-inquiry and analysis through your daily experiences help you concentrate your thoughts and really focus on what you like most in life and gives you meaning. Everyone has distinct skills and talents that make them great, and taking the time to study what you excel at and also what brings you joy will help you find your life purpose.
2.Build a positive surrounding
Motivational speaker Mr. Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. People with positive attitude are purpose driven. They inspire and motivate others to be like them. Surrounding ourselves with positive groups certainly helps to lead a purposeful life step by step.
3.Cultivate sense of Growth
Having a sense of growth influences us to compete with ourselves and become a better person each day. Personal growth enables us to embrace challenges and persevere even after failure. This attitude eventually helps us to figure out the purpose in our life.
4.Serve with Gratitude
It is found that cultivating gratitude makes us be kind, empathetic and generous. Giving back to the society where we live in or to the community with whom we get associated brings a sense of contentment. Volunteering through sparing our time, finances or skills leads to achieving a sense of purpose in life.
5.Observe people who make difference
Observing other great human beings does not imply passing judgment on them. It is to select good / positive aspects from others. This leads to increased understanding and puts us on the correct track to discovering our life’s purpose. When we observe others, we are reminded of how important it is to be helpful. We will perform meaningful work and accomplish the goals that are greater than ourselves. The life we live will have a purpose.
Purpose is a necessary element of life. It’s not uncommon for individuals to get sidetracked or distracted, but if you ever feel as though there is a void in your life, it’s likely because you lack purpose. Whether that lack of purpose is manifesting itself as boredom, sadness, or discontent, it’s definitely time to examine the situation. Find something that gives you meaning and true fulfillment—and then you’ll know the significance of purpose.”
Regardless of where you are in life, there is a bright future ahead of you. Don’t let the daily grind take control of your existence without reflecting on your life. All it takes is one breath to make a change. Find your direction and never give up. As Robert Byrne once said, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” It is never too late to start.
Final thoughts from TIWIW – “you may have diverse paths, but the purpose should remain same – to spread the love. Nature designed us to help it balance itself. But our purpose should be the point of equilibrium“.