A few years ago, I met a man who was down on his luck. He was out of work and on the last of his savings. When I met him, he was sick and didn’t have much food. So, without even thinking about it, I bought him enough food for a few days, some medicine and a few other things he needed. But most importantly, I created a professional résumé for him. Sure enough, his résumé caught an employer’s eye, and he found a stable job.
Many years later, I ran into him again, and he thanked me for my kindness. He was an intelligent, educated guy who had fallen on hard times and didn’t seem to have much support from friends and family. The résumé provided an extra boost to get out there with confidence and find a job. I just did what I knew was right at the time. I had no idea things would move for him so quickly – and I’m so glad they did! My purpose was to help him get back on his feet, and I hope he has paid it forward.
How to Find Your Purpose Naturally
Purpose is what drives us forward in life. Without it, we find ourselves wearily treading water. And that’s no way to live. We’re here for so much more than that. Those who live with purpose are able to enjoy life to the fullest while making a positive impact in return – a win-win for everyone!
So, while some are happy simply living with the essentials and caring for those in their immediate circle, I beg you to look outside that sphere and onto bigger challenges. You have the power to make a difference. And, you have distinct skills and a unique personality that others can’t bring to the table. How can you make your community – or the world! – a better place?
It sounds like hard work, and it is. But hard work makes us better. Striving toward a goal brings greater joy and fulfillment. A purpose-driven life reaps worthwhile rewards!
For instance, some spend years in search of their distinct purpose, only to come up empty handed and confused. But what if that’s a myth? Instead of spending time looking for a mysterious purpose, go create one. Look for an opportunity to do good – and go do it! It doesn’t have to be complicated. As long as people continually strive to make a positive impact on their community, that’s all it takes. It could be as simple as sharing a helpful tip with a stranger at the store.
How to Live Purposefully
Look Outside Yourself
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in life’s circumstances that we don’t see others. But I encourage you to do just that. Instead of focusing on what you lack, take a look around and see who is hurting. Who is disadvantaged? Do I know someone down on their luck? Can I provide some support or encouragement? In fact, helping others is literally good for your health, too! It fights depression and takes your mind off your own troubles, among other benefits.
Identify Personal Priorities
What do you wholeheartedly believe in? Determine what you value most in life: Family and friends? Good health? A flourishing career? Advocating for the vulnerable? Take a look at areas where your heart feels compelled, and seek to partner with companies, nonprofits, or community programs that complement your own values. You’ll feel more inclined to lend a hand in activities you believe in.
It’s somewhat easy to think and talk about doing good (social media is a good example of this), but actually doing good is a bit harder. Start small, and act NOW. Don’t put it off or it may never happen.For example, as you’re out running errands or doing daily activities, look for ways to help. Maybe you notice a mom pulled over with a flat tire and two crying kiddos. Take time to help her out. Volunteer to read or tutor at your local school. Donate those extra coats or shoes you never wear. Pay for the person’s meal behind you in the fast food line.
It may not seem like much at first, but kindness is contagious. You’re making your community a better place one kind act at a time with the hope that others will feel motivated to do the same. Be creative!
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- Post, S. G. (2005). Altruism, Happiness, and Health: It’s Good to Be Good. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 12(2), 66-77.
- Midlarsky, E. (1991). Helping as coping. Prosocial Behavior: Review of Personality and Social Psychology, 12, 238-264.