I’m just bad at not being me.
Being driven by something bigger than oneself.
There are no road-maps to develop a life grounded in purpose and meaning. You are the only person that can determine your purpose in life. Psychological research has found that there are three common components to purpose: 1) whatever you choose must be personally meaningful to you 2) your purpose is bigger than you and 3) the nature of your purpose requires time to achieve.
Purpose is a stable intention to accomplish something meaningful that at the same time leads to enhancing some aspect of the world. In that light, living aligned to one’s purpose, in an evolutionary sense is pro-social and adaptive in nature. It propels both individuals and the human race to work and live in more optimized ways. Clarifying your purpose is the psychological equivalent to heavy lifting. It’s hard. It requires effort. It’s often reported to be overwhelming to try to narrow down a purpose in life.
In that vein, welcome to the club. Take your time to do the deep work. Write, reflect, listen, tell your story, risk, explore. Your purpose is likely to shift and adjust as you experience the adventures of life. Your purpose today, just might have a different spin on it as you grow older.
Above all else, what matters most in your life?
Are you engaged with activities that are so big, they require others to achieve that aim?
Are you inherently inspired by the challenge you’ve set for yourself?