Having a purpose is a true gift that life has to offer. Unfortunately, many of us never find it.
Most of the time we’ll end up doing things because we are told to do so. Perhaps everyone else is doing it, and we feel pressured to follow the pack. The problem with that is, we’ll end up feeling empty inside.
If you feel like that, there’s a good chance you are on the wrong path. Below are two things you can start doing right away to find your true calling.
As Aristotle once said: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.” You have to know what makes you tick, otherwise, you have no chance.
You must be thinking, how do I do that?
Well, asking yourself questions is a good place to start. Here’s a list of the basic questions you can start asking yourself today to develop your self-awareness. Remember, this only works if you are brutally honest with yourself.
- What do I like to do in my free time?
- What am I naturally good at?
- What am I bad at?
- What do I struggle with?
- What would my ideal life look like?
- What motivates me?
- What causes me stress?
- What’s holding me back?
If you answer these types of questions, you can actually start working towards your ideal life. You’ll be able to start planning what your day looks like, set goals, and achieve them.
Now, if you don’t know the answers to these questions, that’s fine. It’s all part of the process. In that case, you have to gather new experiences. Go travel, pick up a book, take an online course, start drawing, go for a jog. These are all examples. You have to go with your own hunches, do whatever feels right at the moment.
Don’t be afraid to “waste” your time – it doesn’t exist. Trying something and ending up not liking it is much more useful than doing nothing at all. Why? Because this way you can start putting your time and energy into things that you actually like doing.
Also, I recommend you find out which personality type you are. The 16Personalities test provides incredibly accurate results. You’ll find out the strengths and weaknesses of your personality type. Also, you’ll discover how you like to spend your energy, how you react to certain situations, etc.
Take a Social Media Detox
Seriously, there are so many people on these platforms that will force their own passions and goals on yourself. How many times have you seen people on Instagram that seem wildly successful? Probably a lot. Then, the next moment you will find yourself questioning if you are making the most out of your life. Your mind gets clogged up. It’s a never-ending circle of emptiness and misery.
Let me tell you one thing, other people’s success has nothing to do with you. Just because someone makes money online blogging doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy writing. Maybe another person runs a successful e-commerce shop selling t-shirts. Whatever, it doesn’t mean you are into fashion. Action has to come from within. True purpose is internal, and it can only come from you.
Try taking a 72-hour break from social media. What you are going to find is that your mind begins to clear up. Then, after that third day, wake up, and start writing down your thoughts. Ask yourself, what would I like to become? Write down everything your mind begins to think, and don’t hesitate. Then, take a highlighter, and begin noting the phrases and keywords that sound the most exciting to you. Allow the process to reveal the one thing you have to do right now.
This process is something that you are going to have to do many times in life. Once you have finished with this one thing, it is your obligation to find what’s your next big step in life.