Hello beautiful soul. Like many others, you may be at a point in your life where you start to ask the question: why am I here? What is my purpose? But how do you find your life’s purpose? Maybe this is something that you’ve always pondered and couldn’t find the answer to. Or perhaps you’re just at the point in your life where you’re looking for more meaning. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. That was me not too long ago.
But like most of us, I didn’t know where to start when it came to finding my life’s purpose. So I started reading every book I could find and watching every youtube video related to purpose to figure this thing out. I was determined lol.
The problem, though, is that we often look outside ourselves to find the answer. We look to others for inspiration when the answers are within. I found that to understand what your purpose is, you must first look within to discover who you are. I had to take a moment to pause, reconnect to my true self, and listen to my inner wisdom to discover my unique path.
In this article, we’re going to explore just how to do that. We will cover five (5) ways to find life’s purpose using the Japanese Ikigai model.
What is Ikigai?
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means a ‘reason for being,’ having a direction or purpose in life. It is a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual with the practical. This balance is found at the intersection where your passions and talents converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for.
- What you love (your passion)
- What the world needs (your mission)
- What you are good at (your vocation)
- What you can get paid for (your profession)
As we explore these questions below, trust your intuition. Listen to your inner guidance system or inner wisdom that will direct you to the path you should take.
5 Ways to Find Your Purpose and Bring it to Life
1. What do you love? What lights you up?
Follow the path of joy and bliss. What are the things you do that make you feel alive? They hold clues and keys to what your soul’s purpose is.
Start by identifying your passions, your interests, your curiosities, and write them down. Ask yourself:
- What sets my soul on fire? Things that spark something in you and get you excited.
- Is there something that puts me in a flow state, where I lose track of time and can get lost in doing this thing?
- If money was not an issue, what would I be doing?
It could be something as simple as your love for food. In that case, you could look into culinary arts or becoming a food critic, or starting a food blog. One of my favorite travel youtube channels to watch is about a guy who travels around the world to try different types of food. That’s all he does, and he gets paid to do this. How cool is that?
Be Open to New Opportunities
If you’re still unsure what you’re passionate about, start experimenting, try new things, and step outside your comfort zone. Follow your curiosities and pay close attention to how you’re feeling in the moment.
2. What are you good at?
What natural gifts, talents, and skills do you have? What comes easy to you? Think of what you do that takes no effort at all. What you’re good at could be natural abilities that you were born with or skills that you’ve developed throughout your life.
3. What does the World need?
An essential part of your soul mission and purpose is to be of service and make a difference in the world. When you commit to serving humanity, the earth, and others, every possibility in life can be filtered through that lens. You begin to see opportunities all around you to serve, make a difference, and inspire change.
A great way to begin recognizing opportunities to serve that align with your purpose is to ask:
- What can I contribute to make a difference in the world?
- Are there any social, environmental, or economic problems that I want to help solve?
- Are there any issues in my community that pull on my heart the most?
- How am I already helping others?
- What are the things I do that uplift those around me?
- How am I already making a difference in the world?
- How would I enjoy being of service?
4. What can you be paid for?
Identify trends or opportunities in the marketplace. In what direction is the world moving? For example, online learning, content marketing, remote work, social networking, digital products, global connection, etc.
As a side note, sometimes you’re meant to create something new, to be an inventor, to be the first person who ever did x, y, and z, so keep that in mind. You create your reality, so if you’re grounded enough, you can create whatever it is you desire. So instead of looking for trends, look for what is needed and come up with an innovative solution.
5. Find your sweet spot, your Ikigai
Look at the areas where steps 1 – 4 can overlap. Look at how you can bring them together. Finding that “sweet spot” will get you much close to what your purpose is. As a general rule of thumb, always go where your passion leads you. Think about what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Release what is holding you back.
When you start this journey, there’s always this sneaky little voice or feeling of resistance that arises. “Who are you to do this? Who do you think you are? No one cares about what you have to say? You are not qualified enough.” Push through and do the thing anyway.
Pay attention to the internal self-talk, patterns, and perspectives that you’re habituating in your life. Ask yourself honestly: is this serving me in standing in truth and living the life of abundance, joy & fulfillment that I am truly here to lead?
Also, dig deeper to uncover where these negative thoughts and patterns are coming from. Is this something I was taught as a child? Are there areas in my life where I need to heal?
Take the time to let go, forgive and heal so that you can fully embrace your calling.
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To help you work through this exercise, I’ve created a free worksheet that you can download to help you identify your unique contribution to the world.
When it’s all said and done, the purpose of life is to LIVE and to live totally. It’s about the exploration of oneself, understanding all the dimensions of who you are. We are here to love, learn, grow, be free, enjoy life, and evolve.
Life is about aligning with who we truly are and sharing our authentic self with the world. Each one of us has a desire to express this in his or her way. This expression of who we are is what leads us to our purpose. The key is to find something we’re passionate about, something that our soul connects with, and then pursue it. When you live your passion, you bring more joy, energy, and enthusiasm to your life. When you live your passion, your purpose will naturally unfold.
Were you able to find your sweet spot working through the exercise? Please drop me a note in the comments section below to let me know what you’ve discovered.
I love, honor, and appreciate you.