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How to Discover Your Purpose in Life

By Ryan Whiteside

When you read one of those self-help books, you will usually read about how each person seems to have a genetically-imprinted purpose. Although it is true that no individual who ever walked the face of the Earth is without purpose, it does not seem to be something which is pre-defined. What if you're the type of person who is passionate about more than one aspect or pursuit of your life? How do you define your purpose then? Here, we will take a look at how you can answer one of the most oft-asked questions about your individuality - how to discover your purpose in life?

Questions to Ask Yourself in Order to Identify Your Purpose
To help you figure out exactly what your purpose in life is, here are a few questions that you can ask yourself:

  1. What am I passionate about?
    Seeing as how passion is what drives most people, this is the number one question that you should ask yourself. Discovering what you are really passionate about is also a great way to discover what drives you - which will help you figure out what your purpose in life is later on.

  2. What sparks my creativity?
    Another way to phrase this question is - what are you good at? Be it painting, writing, dealing with people or gardening, these are the skills that will point you towards what you should really be focusing on in life.

  3. Do I believe in my own potential?
    This is something which relates to the power of attraction. The point applied in this exercise is that when you constantly think about something positive, it is what the universe will award you with. Believing in your own potential and knowing that you can do anything that you set your heart and mind to is a great first step towards determining your purpose in life.

  4. What inspires me the most?
    When you dress up for work each morning, is it the thought of providing a better future for your kids which drive you? Or maybe it's finding the man or woman of your dreams. In order for you to determine your purpose in life, you need to find just-the-right-touch of inspiration.

  5. What is that one thing which I would eternally regret not doing, being or having in your life?
    Finally, ask yourself what that one thing is which you would forever regret not doing, being or having in your life. Remember that life is too short to be wasted on the what could've beens, so make sure to grab each opportunity that comes your way.
Using Your Rational & Emotional Intelligence when Figuring Out Your Purpose in Life
When answering the aforementioned questions while determining what your purpose in life is, it's quite easy to get carried away and use pure emotions. To counteract this effect, what you need to do is use a combination of your rational and emotional intelligence.

As far as your emotions are concerned, passion and purpose are two things which would go hand in hand. On the other hand, you should also let your rational intelligence rule with the help of logic and reasoning.

One good example is a musician who feels equally passionate about music and helping others. You can use both your emotional and rational intelligence to probably combine the two and have the end result of discovering what your purpose in life really is.

At the end of the day, discovering your purpose in life is all a matter of figuring out what matters most for you, how you can make yourself reach out to others, as well as how you can become happy, inspired and live a purposeful life.

Ryan Whiteside is the writer of hundreds of personal development articles. Find out the answer to questions like What is the Carnegie Secret? at his Web site.

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