Are you wandering around life without knowing your life purpose? That’s not truly living. Learn how to unlock your passion in this guide.
You may be content with your life, but are you happy?
According to the most recent findings from the Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, the answer is most likely no. Only 33% of survey respondents reported feeling happiness.
One of the biggest reasons why people feel unhappy is because of a lack of direction. They feel that their life has little purpose, and thus, no aim.
While that may sound rather dour, not all hope is lost. It’s never too late to find your purpose!
Read on below for a guide on how you can unlock your passion, reach your potential, and find your life purpose.
Appreciate the Value of Childhood
As we grow up, we’re told to put childish things away and grow up. To conform to society and everything we believe we’re supposed to be.
In fact, the very idea comes about in the Bible!
But what does it mean to be “childish?” Is it such a bad thing?
It’s quite the opposite.
Think back to when you were a child. Chances are you were quite happy most of the time. You most likely felt loved and safe and secure, living each day with a new sense of wonder.
But as we grow up, many of us lose that sense of wonder.
It’s a shame. Our childhood selves have so much to teach us, from exercising unbridled passion and unconditional love to the curiosity we found in even the simplest aspects of life.
It’s time to stop quelling your inner child and get in touch with them once more.
Start viewing life through a new lens, where creativity and curiosity rule. Let yourself be happy and the rest will flow.
Ask the Tough Questions
Imagine a world where you have access to anything you could ever want. Money isn’t a concern, so instead of slaving away at your 9-to-5 job, you’re off living your best life.
What does that look like for you? What is it that you really want out of life?
For many of us, that question is so unfathomable we may not be able to come up with an answer right away!
If you can’t come up with anything right away, that’s alright. Give the idea space to grow.
Congratulations, you’ve just answered one of life’s toughest questions, and as a result, you now understand your purpose and passion in life.
Visualization may not seem like it has much power over our lives, but doctors and social scientists are discovering that visualizing success is highly influential over our decision making.
From ‘Why?’ to ‘Why Not?’: Living a Life of Purpose
The biggest thing holding you back from a life of purpose isn’t money. It isn’t your job. Nor is it your looks.
It is, however, your attitude and your approach to life. It’s time to reframe your thinking into something more positive.
For a great example of what living a ‘Why not?’ lifestyle looks like, let’s look at an unexpected source: Filmmaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur Kevin Smith.
By all accounts, Smith could have ended up as another statistic.
By the time his first film, “Clerks,” made the rounds at film festivals, young Smith was a film school dropout living with his parents and working a dead-end job at a convenience store to pay off his massive credit card debt.
And then something astonishing happened. Critics and audiences loved the candid nature of “Clerks.” So much so that the distribution rights were purchased on the spot, launching Smith’s career.
It’s because he followed his passion that he found his success.
Years later, Smith would go on to write, “…there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.
Now he travels the world telling his stories and working with his friends — all because he said ‘Why not?’ to shooting a small film at the very convenience store he worked at.
But you don’t need an award from the Cannes Film Festival to live your dream. A life of purpose is following your passion, even in the face of adversity.
You owe it to yourself to try and follow your passion.
Life Is Tough — Be Tougher
You might wonder why, if a life of passion is easy to lead, more people aren’t out there living their dream.
It boils down to an answer that tends to scare most people: Work.
Indeed, to be happy and successful requires more — more than many expect.
Success doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it happen in a bubble. It requires long hours, sacrifice, and above all else, drive.
And as a result, you’ll need to be patient with yourself along the way.
There will be days where following your dreams may seem pointless if not outright impossible. Don’t let that negativity overcome you.
Persistence is key, even when it comes to something like unlocking your dreams.
Be tougher than those negative thoughts telling insisting you can’t do it. Push through and do it anyway. Soon you’ll be so happy you did.
Ask for Help
Too many people view asking for help as a sign of weakness.
They believe that, because they need some assistance, they’re incapable of accomplishing their dreams on their own.
The truth, however, is that it takes a great deal of strength to ask for help.
If you can’t seem to unlock your dreams or find your passion, there’s no harm in reaching out.
Consider finding a life coach in your area who can offer one-on-one coaching and personalized advice.
Finding Your Life Purpose: Final Thoughts
Finding your life purpose is something anyone can do at any point in their life. The trick is to want it.
If you have the desire, drive, and passion, you too can achieve your dreams.
If you need a little help getting there, don’t forget that we can put you in touch with a life coach.
Contact us today to learn more about finding a life coach who can help you unlock your full potential.
Author | WENDY COPE
I was a rebellious teenager and at the age of 20 found myself in a recovery program for drug and alcohol addiction. That was 30 years ago and I have been passionate about the pursuit of personal-growth ever since. At one point in my recovery, I felt really “stuck” and need to do something different. That was my first encounter with coaching. I completed a 12-week program and the changes I experienced were profound. Like more than 5 years of therapy profound.
That triggered a deep passion and desire to help others. Anyone can get “stuck” at some time in their lives. I work with people of all walk of life although my area of expertise is the recovery community. Helping people get “un-stuck” brings me deep satisfaction. I felt inspired to create a platform that serves both coaches and clients and that’s how Life Coach Library evolved. Educating people and getting the message to them that they CAN reach their goals while providing a practical means for great coaches to grow their business is what Life Coach Library is all about.
I hold a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University in Justice Administration and have 25 graduate level credits in professional counseling from Walden University. Later in my career, I completed a career switcher program and hold a professional teacher’s license in Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland. Additionally, I am a certified hypnotherapist and reiki master. I am presently training with the Coach Training Alliance and while I will complete this module in February 2019, I am committed to personal-growth and life-long learning in the coaching profession.