Do you know what your purpose is? Is it something that you’ve thought about before? Whether you have or haven’t, I’m going to give a few reasons why it’s important to know what your purpose is. But first, let’s start with a definition. In the context of this post, I’m going to define purpose as your intention or the reason why you are doing the thing you are doing.
Understanding what your purpose is beneficial because you can create boundaries, focus your attention on what matters to you, check whether your actions align with your values and create goals that will enable you to feel fulfilled. It can also reduce stress or anxiety about the future because you know what your purpose is.
Without a purpose, it can be difficult to know if you’re creating a life that lights you up. Knowing your purpose can give you a sense of direction. When you know what you want, it makes it easier to make decisions. It also allows you to do some introspection and determine how you want your life to look like, it can impact business decisions, relationships and the ways you’re investing your time, money and energy.
If we rely solely on motivation to get things done, we will often fall short. Not because we are weak but because the motivation isn’t always there. Sometimes we need to push ourselves to get things done and in those moments, knowing your purpose can make it easier. Why? Because you know why you are doing something.
Let’s use exercise as an example. On days when you’re not motivated to exercise, you can either talk yourself out of it or you can remind yourself of why you are exercising. If you know why you’re exercising, it is easier to decide to exercise than it is to not. I exercise because I know it makes me feel better, I can keep active and it’s a way to nurture my body.
In the context of jobs, knowing your purpose can help you decide your career pathway, whether you want a change and whether you want to be self-employed or not. When you know what you want from a job, you can compare your wants to your current role and make changes. Previously I was working for an organization who had completely different values to mine and I wasn’t prepared to compromise so I resigned and moved on to another job. When we know what we stand for, we won’t fall for anything.
When it comes to creating boundaries, it can be challenging especially if you like to accommodate others. If you know what your purpose is, you can create boundaries that will support your purpose. If you’re saving up for a house, your purpose may be to save money. When a friend wants to meet up for dinner, you could suggest a free activity or meet up at their place or yours to reduce the cost.
Then there’s relationships. We are social beings and if you’re surrounded by people who don’t make you feel good or vice versa, it may be time to make some changes. When you know how you want to be treated, you can identify whether or not those relationships are serving you. When I was in my early twenties, I had a few close girlfriends who I spent a lot of time with. They were fun, full of energy and liked to create drama. I am someone who prefers to keep life a little more simple and after a while, I realised our friendship wasn’t right for me so I moved on. It’s not easy to say goodbye but it creates space for more meaningful relationships.
Discovering your purpose whether it be your lifes’ purpose or a smaller part is important. If you’re not sure how to find your purpose, be sure to check out next weeks’ blog post for more information.
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