As many of you know, this topic is near and dear to my heart, as I spent more than 30 years providing customary investment planning services to my clients before discovering my real purpose. Since a good portion of my work is around the area of retirement planning, I saw many fall into the trap of empty days with little direction or purpose for their lives. That’s when I indeed discovered my life’s mission of inspiring people to find their purpose and passion by serving others through charitable causes. If you’re interested in more details of how I discovered my purpose, you can read it here.
If you still aren’t sure what your life’s purpose is or what your passion is, there’s still time to discover it. Here are five tips to help you along your path of discovery.
Love What You Do
In our culture, we’ve been told it is supposed to be the other way around — that you should love what you do. Indeed, some people don’t think twice about quitting a job they no longer find challenging or fulfilling.
But for some, the stakes are simply too high to quit their job or change careers. If this describes you, I would encourage you to explore all the nuances around your work until you find an angle you are passionate about, or at least excited about.
It’s also important to remember that there is no perfect job. Every job and career comes with times of frustration, exhaustion, and doubt. But those times should not be the norm.
Connect with People in Your Community
Sometimes talking with other people can help you find our life’s purpose. It may be something that seems so obvious, but something you don’t realize until you start talking to other people. If you have a community of like-minded people you trust, who you can bounce ideas off of, that can be extremely helpful. If not, find one! It may help you to find your life’s purpose.
Think About the Times in Your Life When You’ve Been the Happiest
While significant life milestones like marriage or the birth of a child may be among your happiest times, think about the other ordinary days that made you the most joyful. What were you doing? Who were you with? When you focus on what you were doing, you may be able to zero in on your life’s purpose and passion. Make a list of the things that made you the happiest. This way, you can go through the list and think about each item.
Follow Your Heart & Inner Guidance
We all have that little voice inside of us that tells us what we should and shouldn’t do. It’s what you do with this voice that matters. Your heart may have been trying to point you in the direction of your life’s purpose for some time now, and maybe you’ve chosen to ignore it. When you start to follow your heart, it can often lead you to your life’s purpose and passion.
Get Involved in Volunteering
One way many people find their life’s purpose is through volunteering. You too can engage at any age and take part in volunteer activities that will bring purpose and meaning to your life and the lives of others. Explore different opportunities and find one that speaks to your heart. Check out this link on my website for lots of inspirational stories, and this link for local resources that can point you in the right direction to find the perfect organization for you to volunteer with.
Finding your life’s purpose is exciting, and I encourage you to spend some time in the process if you are feeling unfulfilled. It’s never too late to start!