Does your life lack meaning?
Many experts tell us it’s important…
- To know what we want to do with our lives.
- To be clear on our purpose.
- To discover our passion!
But what if you don’t have any of the answers? Can you still have a fulfilling life? You bet!
For me, creating meaning is doing something, each day, every day that matters. It’s a process not an outcome.
It’s the small things that count the most. The things that allow me to feel connected, to spend time with people, to discover, have adventures, and to keep growing.
These things are not my goals or my life purpose. But they are the things that make me happy, really happy. And, for me, they add up to creating a life that has purpose and meaning.
I’ve summed these up in my personal mission statement. “To live with grace by being kind, helping others and staying creative.
But let’s have a look at what some others have to say
Here’s a powerful collection of insights from my favourite sources of inspiration. They are all from people who share their ideas on how to find meaning and purpose – or not!
And, if you read on, you’ll find a number of free workbooks and/or online tests to help you discover what purpose and meaning means for you.
Let’s start with something a little different that’s on a global scale.
This online quiz tells you which of the United Nations 17 purpose goals (from ending poverty, to greater equality, to protecting the planet) aligns to your purpose.
Try the purpose test here to discover which of the 17 global goals is your own No.1 purpose.
Love him or hate him, Tony Robbins has a track record! He tells us that every single person has the same six needs. But each of us values these needs in different ways, and has varied beliefs about what it means to satisfy those needs.
And what becomes the driving force behind everything we do, and determines the direction of our lives, is predicated on how we value and prioritise those needs.
You can read more about it here.
And here’s a great site where you can do a free test to discover your own human needs.
Mark describes himself as an Author, Thinker, Life-Enthusiast. Love it!
He writes with huge honesty, which is why you’ll find a few expletives!
When asked by a reader if he has any ideas of what they could do, of where they could start, of where to “find their passion.” Mark’s reply is:
“What I want to say to these people is this: that’s the whole point — “not knowing” is the whole f***ing point!
Life is all about not knowing, and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this. All of it!
And it’s not going to get any easier just because you found out you love your job cleaning septic tanks or you scored a dream gig writing indie movies.”
I can highly recommend that you subscribe to Mark’s blog and read his book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***”.
Cassandra is a home-grown, New Zealand coach, author, storyteller and novelist. She’s also a personal friend.
Cassandra is a huge believer in passion and spends her life helping other people find their passion.
You can find more about her and her series of books titled: Midlife Career Rescue here. (I give them 5 stars.)
You will also find a link to her ‘Passion Workbook’.
Sometimes a big dose of courage and self-belief is often what it takes to live a more passionate life.
The more I connect with Oprah’s material, the more I love her!
Here’s Oprah’s take on finding your purpose, using 10 questions to discover what makes each of us unique.
So, how important is it for you to know your purpose in life or to really understand what gives your life meaning?
What makes your life purposeful?
I’d love to hear from you.